Senior Counsel, Mediator, Arbitrator - Montréal
The Honourable François Rolland, Ad. E. is senior counsel, mediator and arbitrator in Langlois Lawyers’ litigation group in Montréal.
Mr. Rolland was a Justice of the Superior Court of Québec from 1996 to 2015, and Chief Justice from 2004 to 2015. He presided numerous trials in all areas of the law, including commercial law, class actions, insolvency and corporate reorganizations, as well as matrimonial disputes. He also presided many settlement conferences in civil, commercial and family matters, as well as several facilitation conferences in criminal matters. Mr. Rolland actively worked on the implementation of the Settlement Conference Chamber and on the creation of the Class Actions Chamber, and made an active contribution to the development of Commercial Chamber of the Superior Court.
Since retiring from the bench, Mr. Rolland has rejoined the Québec Bar. He was appointed director of the Voluntary Reimbursement Program created by the Québec government pursuant to the Act to ensure mainly the recovery of amounts improperly paid as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics in connection with public contracts, a mandate that he completed in December 2017. He also presides over mediations and acts as an arbitrator in commercial disputes, including multijurisdictional class actions.
Throughout his career as a lawyer and Chief Justice, Mr. Rolland has been invited to speak on many occasions to various local, national and international audiences including students, colleagues, members of the business community and international dignitaries. He also taught ethics at the National Judicial Institute for ten years.
LL.L., Université de Montréal, 1974
Rankings & Recognitions
Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.), Québec Bar, 2018
Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence, Canadian Bar Association, 2006
Centennial Medal, Canadian Bar Association, 1996
Areas of Practice
Class action mediation
Has presided a mediation with respect to diesel class action lawsuits in Canada against Volkswagen, which came after changes to their gas pollution detection software. He also presided a mediation in a class action against Norbourg.
Has presided a mediation in a class action against Scotiabank and he is currently presiding a mediation in a class action against Apple and Amazon.
Since 2018 – Federal member of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments (Canada)
Since 2018 – Approved arbitrator on NAFTA’s Chapter 19 list
Since 2016 – Ethics commissioner for the Québec Bar
Board of Directors of legal education organization Éducaloi
- Since 2017 – Chair
- Since 2015 – Member
Board of Directors of the centre for access to legal information (CAIJ)
- Since 2017 – Vice-chair
- Since 2015 – Member
Since 2009 – Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Since 2008 – Member of the International Insolvency Institute
Since 1975 – Member of the Canadian Bar Association