Samuel Gagnon is a lawyer in Langlois Lawyers’ Quebec City office. He practices primarily in the areas of insurance law and civil and professional liability.
His oral advocacy skills have also been recognized on several occasions, including at the mooting competition organized by the Young Bar of Quebec City, at which he won the “Rabat d’Or” prize for best pleader in 2017.
Samuel is also involved internationally for the protection of the human rights of individuals in vulnerable situations. In 2018-2019, he volunteered with Lawyers Without Borders Canada for a year as a legal advisor in Haiti as part of the Access to Justice and Fight Against Impunity project. Until recently, he was involved in the implementation of this project.
In 2015 Samuel received the Hommage du Lieutenant-gouverneur award, bestowed annually by the Quebec Bar to a newly admitted lawyer. The award was in recognition of his excellent academic results, the richness of his curriculum vitæ, and his dedicated commitment to the community, society and university and professional life.
Samuel practices law in both English and French.
Defended an engineering company against a $650,000 personal injury lawsuit.
Represented an insurance company in connection with a dispute over the scope of the “care, custody and control” exclusion.
Defended a supplier of concrete against lawsuits claiming a total of several million dollars brought by the owners of homes whose concrete foundations had been damaged.
Defended manufacturers of water-heaters, valves and fittings against various product-liability lawsuits.
Represented a real estate broker in a lawsuit brought by the seller of an immovable in connection with a hypothec granted to the municipality of Quebec City.
Represented plaintiff insurance companies in a lawsuit related to the Lac Mégantic train derailment and explosion.
Defended a company being sued in connection with the fire that destroyed the Québec Armoury.
- 2020 – Is it possible to seek legal recourse under a pseudonym?
- 2020 – What are the applicable time limits when a promise to purchase is withdrawn?
- 2020 – In the event of a loss, can the syndicate of co-owners (condominium association) sue the co-owner at fault?
- 2018 – Authenticity, Reliability and Integrity of a Recording on a Technological Medium: The Court of Appeal Provides Some Clarification
- 2018 – Litigation: Can a Party Retain the Services of the Other Party’s Expert?
- 2018 – An Injury Sustained While Clearing Snow off a Vehicle Is an “Automobile Accident”, the Court of Appeal Decides
- 2018 – Authorization to Institute a Class Action: What Flexibility Is There for the Criteria Under Article 575 C.C.P.?
- 2018 – Criminal Record of a Person Residing in the Home: a Factor Aggravating the Insurance Risk?
- 2018 – Can Publishing a Review on Social Media Be Defamatory?
- 2018 – Are Pleadings and Exhibits Accessible to the Public in Perpetuity?
- 2017 – Is an Injury Sustained While Clearing Snow off a Vehicle an “Automobile Accident”?
- 2017 – Words Fade Away, but Recordings Remain: the Admissibility into Evidence of Audio and Video Recordings
- 2017 – Auto-Generated Juridical Acts: Are Lawyers’ Functions Being Usurped?
- 2017 – Defamation and the Application of Journalistic Standards in the Digital Age
- 2017 – Employment Injuries: Is the Workers’ Compensation Board the Only Recourse?
- 2016 – Skiing Accidents: Is There Always Someone Responsible?
- 2016 – Inaction May Be Fatal to the Insured
2021 – “Commentaire de la décision Lamy c. Langlois – Accès aux dossiers médicaux de la partie adverse : quelles sont les limites?” (Case comment on Lamy v. Langlois – Access to the adverse party’s medical files: what are the limits?), co-authored with Élisabeth Lachance, Repères, Yvon Blais Editions, January 2021, EYB2021REP3205 (PDF in French only).
2020 – “Commentaire sur la décision S. c. Lamontagne – Peut-on exercer un recours civil sous un pseudonyme?” (Case comment on S. v. Lamontagne – Is is possible to undertake a civil remedy under a pseudonym?), co-authored with Élisabeth Lachance, Bulletin en ressources humaines, Éditions Yvon Blais, EYB2020BRH2319, July 2020 (PDF in French only).
2020 – “Commentaire sur la décision David c. Gosselin – Promesse d’achat non tenue : le délai pour intenter l’action en passation de titre est-il raisonnable?”, co-authored with Émile Marcoux, Repères, April 2020, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, EYB2020REP2929.
2020 – “Can co-ownership syndicate take action against co-owner for loss?”, co-authored with Émile Marcoux, The Lawyer’s Daily, February 2020
2019 – “Commentaire sur la décision Syndicat des copropriétaires du condominium Verrières VI c. Maddalon – Sinistre causé par un copropriétaire : le recours du syndicat de copropriété est-il fondé?” (Commentary on the Verrières VI syndicate of co-ownership v. Maddalon decision – Loss caused by a co-owner: Is the syndicate of co-ownership’s recourse founded?), co-author Émile Marcoux, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, décembre 2019, EYB2019REP2875
2018 – “Commentaire sur la décision Office municipal d’habitation Kativik c. WSP Canada Inc. – Peut-on retenir les services de l’expert de la partie adverse ?” (Case comment on Office municipal d’habitation Kativik v. WSP Canada Inc. – Can a party retain the services of the other party’s expert?) , co-author Marie-Pier Auger, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, September 2018, EYB2018REP2538
2018 – “Commentaire sur les décisions Hôtel Motel Manic inc. c. Pitre et Vaillancourt c. Blackburn – Blessure lors du déneigement d’un véhicule : un « accident d’automobile » selon la Cour d’appel” (Case comment on Hôtel Motel Manic inc. v. Pitre and Blackburn v. Vaillancourt: An injury sustained while clearing snow off a vehicle is an “automobile accident”, the Court of Appeal decides), co-authored by Jean-François Tardif, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, August 2018, EYB2018REP2523
2018 – “Commentaire sur la décision Melançon v. Depuy Orthopaedics Inc. – Autorisation d’exercer une action collective : quelle souplesse pour les critères de l’article 575 C.p.c. ?” (Case comment on Melançon v. Depuy Orthopaedics Inc. – Authorization to institute a class action: what flexibility is there for the criteria under article 575 C.C.P.?), co-authored with Guillaume Letendre, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, July 2018, EYB2018REP2507
2018 – “Can Publishing a Review on Social Media Be Defamatory?”, co-author Catherine Bourget, Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, Volume 19, Number 2, June 2018
2018 – “Commentaire sur la décision Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal c. M.K. – Accès du public aux actes de procédures et aux pièces : qu’arrive-t-il après l’instance?” (Case comment on Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal v. M.K. – Public access to proceedings and exhibits: what happens after the case has ended?), co-authored by Léonie Derome, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, January 2018, EYB2018REP2394
2017 – “Commentaire sur la décision Blackburn c. Vaillancourt – Blessure lors du déneigement d’un véhicule : un ‘accident d’automobile’?” (Case comment on Blackburn v. Vaillancourt: Is an injury sustained while clearing snow off a vehicle an ‘automobile accident’?), co-authored by Jean-François Tardif, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, November 2017, EYB2017REP2353
2017 – “Commentaire sur la décision Bernèche c. Vaillancourt – La diffamation et l’application des normes journalistiques à l’ère du numérique” (Case comment on Bernèche v. Vaillancourt – Defamation and the application of journalistic standards in the digital age), co-written with Jasmine Laroche, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, May 2017, EYB2017REP2218
2016 – “Commentaire sur la décision Lessard c. Centre de plein air du mont Kanasuta inc. – Accident de ski et principes applicables” (Case comment on Lessard v. Centre de plein air du mont Kanasuta Inc. – Ski accidents and applicable principles), co-author with Catherine Bourget, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, November 2016, EYB2016REP2079
2016 – “Chronique – Les conséquences défavorables pour l’assuré inactif : la perte du bénéfice de l’assurance” (Negative Consequences for Unresponsive Insured: Loss of Benefit of Insurance) coauthored with Renée-Maude Vachon-Therrien, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais, Montréal, September 2016, EYB2016REP2038
2015 – Contributor to an article on protection against self-incrimination in Canada and under Quebec law, Revue de droit d’Ottawa (2014-2015), vol. 46, no 2, p. 315 et seq.
2014 – Contributor to an article on liability for the acts or faults of others and for the acts of things, in Collection de droit 2014-2015, École du Barreau du Québec, vol. 4, Responsabilité, Cowansville, Éditions Yvon Blais
Interview “Pourquoi se blesser en déneigeant sa voiture constitue-t-il un accident de la route?” (Why an injury sustained while cleaning snow off a vehicle is considered an automobile accident), Le 15-18, ICI Radio-Canada, June 5, 2018
Interview “Aux assureurs de poser les bonnes questions avant un sinistre, rappellent des avocats” (Insurers must ask the right questions before a loss occurs, lawyers point out), Journal de l’assurance, May 24, 2018
2015 – Participated in preparing a conference presentation on notices in writing pursuant to standardized contracts in the construction industry
2015 – Participated in preparing a conference presentation on a review of 2014 case law in education matters, presented in-house to managers in the education network, in April in Quebec City
2014 to 2016, and 2018 – “Risk management and best practices: the many challenges of running a summer camp”, Camp Nominingue
2014 – Participated in preparing a conference presentation on avoiding pitfalls when communicating personal information to recipients outside Quebec, during a Quebec Bar symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of the Act respecting the Protection of Personal Information in the Private Sector, Montreal, December
2014 – Participated in preparing a conference presentation on privacy issues and the protection of personal information in the insurance industry, presented to the firm Martel Assurance in September
Since 2021 – Member of the board of directors of Accès transports viables
Since 2019 – Member of the Comité des affaires publiques of the Jeune Barreau de Québec
2015-2020 – Member of the board of directors of Coopérative Roue-Libre
2018-2019 – Volunteer Legal Advisor in Haiti for Lawyers Without Borders Canada
2018 – Master of Ceremonies at Le Rabat d’Or mooting competition
2016 to 2018 – Judge at the Juripop mooting competition
2015 – Ambassador of Mois du vélo, a month-long celebration of cycling in Quebec
Since 2018 – Member of Vélo Assurance Québec (VAQ), a cycling club for property insurance professionals
Since 2015 – Member of the Regroupement d’affaires à vélo, networking group for business-people who cycle
Since 2015 – Member of the Jeune Barreau de Québec
Québec Bar certified mediator in small claims court proceedings, 2018
LL.B., Civil Law, Laval University, 2014
International profile – Study session at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), France, 2013
Rankings & Recognitions
“Le Rabat d’Or” prize for best pleader awarded by the Young Bar of Quebec City, 2017
Honour Roll of Laval University’s faculty of law, 2014-2015
2nd prize in the Lavery de Billy mooting competition, 2014
Lavery Cup (3rd best pleader) – Pierre-Basile-Mignault mooting competition, 2014
3rd best tandem – Pierre-Basile-Mignault mooting competition, 2014
Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg prize (best academic results after first year of undergraduate law studies), 2012
Norton Rose Canada prize – (best cumulative average after first year of undergraduate law studies), 2012
Areas of Practice