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Lavery de Billy

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Suite 4000
1 Place Ville Marie
Montreal, Quebec  H3B 4M4

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Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa

Firm Phone Number

514-871-1522 or 1-800-465-9772

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Personal Background

Michel Gélinas is a member of our Labour and Employment Law Group. He began his career practicing in civil law, particularly in the areas of civil liability and employment, thus developing a solid experience before civil courts. He later chose to devote his practice exclusively to labour and employment law for clients in Québec and across Canada. 

Over the years, Mr. Gélinas has become a seasoned expert in matters pertaining to charters of human rights and freedom, union certification and grievance arbitration, both under the Quebec and Canada Labour Codes, serving private and public corporations as well as parapublic organizations. He regularly negotiates collective agreement renewals on behalf of employers. 

Recognized for being a practical person with a flair for strategy, his advice is often sought by executives of national and international corporations on issues pertaining to reorganization, outsourcing and mergers. He is also regularly appointed by employers to provide them advice with respect to establishing good management and communication strategies with employees.

Mr. Gélinas regularly lectures for the firm's clients as well as employer organizations.  He is listed in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory in the field of labour law and  in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in the field of Labour and Employment Law. His expertise was recognized in the category Employment & Labour (Canada) in the 2013 edition of the prestigious legal directory Chambers Global.

Firm Background

Once only a concern of large corporations, globalization henceforth affects companies and countries of all sizes, which now battle for market share on a planetary scale. What is true abroad also affects us here at home. To meet these new imperatives, firms must adapt to the reality of business.

Recently, 34 new lawyers specialized in business law joined the firm. Lavery initiated this spectacular transformation in order to provide the business community with comprehensive services in all areas of the law. While business is changing, certain fundamental values remain the same. Thus, at every step of the mandate, our lawyers will always focus on the essential: finding timely and cost-effective solutions that fully address the client's situation, without ever compromising excellence.

While simple in appearance, this approach, grounded in the firm's recognized expertise, as refined over many client mandates, and supported by effective resources, is designed to:

  • encourage work in multidisciplinary teams, including legal specialists in the forefront of their field, where required;
  • foster informed and sound judgments, rigorous intellectual discipline and exceptional ingenuity
  • focus attention on our clients' needs, protect their true interests, and ensure a continuous exchange of information
  • prevent conflicts of interest
  • provide all the requisite technological support 

Firm Practice Areas

Business Immigration
Business Transactions/Mergers and Acquisitions
Commercial Litigation
Competition and Anti-trust
Corporate Governance
Education Law
Financing and Financial Services
Information and Privacy Law
Labour and Employment
Pension and Benefits
Professional Liability