Langlois Welcomes Six Talented New Lawyers to Its Montréal and Quebec City Offices
Montréal, April 30, 2018 – The rapid expansion of Langlois lawyers continues with the addition of six talented new lawyers, namely Sophie Hébert, Xavier Berwald-Grégoire and Mélissa Bazin, in its Montreal office, and Vincent Tremblay, Marie-Pier Auger and Virginie Beauchemin in its office in Quebec City.
Sophie Hébert is joining the labour and employment law team. She represents and advises businesses on issues involving labour standards, the interpretation of collective agreements, drafting and interpreting employment contracts, and disciplinary and administrative measures. She has specific expertise in labour relations in the arts and cultural industries, and advises stakeholders in those areas on Quebec and federal legislation on the status of artists. Before joining the firm, Sophie practiced at a national law firm where she began her practice in 2009, before moving to the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo as labour relations counsel, followed by a position as legal counsel – human resources of a company in the aeronautics industry.
Xavier Berwald-Grégoire is also joining the labour and employment law team. He primarily advises employers on issues arising in virtually all labour and employment matters. He acts in connection with both individual employment relations and collective agreements, with a particular emphasis on health and safety matters. In the course of his studies, Xavier worked as a research assistant for various professors in civil and public law at the law faculty of Université de Montréal. He is currently completing a Master of Laws thesis on the role of derivatives in the 2008 financial crisis. Xavier joined Langlois lawyers in March 2018 after completing his articles and practicing in the labour and employment law department at a national firm.
Mélissa Bazin practices in the areas of insurance law, civil and professional liability, particularly in construction law matters, and civil and commercial litigation. She represents a variety of stakeholders in the construction industry, from project owners to subcontractors, as well as architects and engineers, before all levels of Quebec courts. Before joining the firm, Mélissa articled at a national law firm and then began her practice at a litigation boutique, where she gained in-depth knowledge of construction law, civil and professional liability law, real estate litigation and matters involving fraud.
Vincent Tremblay is a lawyer in the business law group. He specializes in finance, security on property, real estate law and construction law. He also provides his clients with business and strategic advice. Vincent has particular expertise in banking litigation and in negotiating various types of commercial contracts, and acts in this regard as legal advisor for financial institutions as well as both SMEs and large companies. Before joining Langlois lawyers, Vincent had been practicing since 2009 in a private and corporate finance company. He started his career as a legal advisor and litigator. He has been involved in many major financings of real estate projects throughout Québec. In 2016, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, with responsibility for all legal and day-to-day operations of the organization. This experience allowed him to understand the operational risks of a company from both an internal and external point of view, and to devise concrete and tailor-made solutions to achieve the specific objectives of his clients.
Virginie Beauchemin practices primarily public and administrative law as well as civil and commercial litigation. She started at the firm as a student in the summer of 2016 and went on to complete her articles there. During her university studies, she spent a semester at the Grenoble Law School in France where she studied intellectual property and developed her legal drafting skills. While at the firm Virginie has had the opportunity to participate in the drafting of a book on the best strategies for contracting with and for public bodies subject to the Act respecting contracting by public bodies.
Marie-Pier Auger practices in the areas of insurance law and civil and professional liability. She joined the firm as a student in the summer of 2016 and completed her articles there in 2017. Her interest in public relations led her to obtain a bachelor’s degree in public communications while studying for her law degree.
“The addition of these talented new lawyers in our Montreal and Quebec City offices attests to our firm’s determination to play a pivotal role in the success of businesses in Quebec” stated Jean-François Gagnon, the chief executive officer of Langlois lawyers. “We welcome them wholeheartedly to the extended Langlois team.
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With more than 140 professionals working in the Montréal and Quebec City metropolitan areas, Langlois lawyers is one of the largest law firms in Quebec. Together we offer a complete range of sophisticated legal services in a variety of areas such as construction law, energy and the environment, life sciences, information and communications technology (ICT), governance and ethics, civil and commercial litigation, labour and employment law, real estate law and business law. Langlois lawyers is ranked second among the top ten Quebec law firms by Canadian Lawyer magazine.
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