BLG Office

1000 de La Gauchetière Street West
Suite 900
Montréal, Québec, Canada
H3B 5H4
T 514.879.1212
Toll-Free (North America): 1.855.660.6003
F 514.954.1905

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Directions to Borden Ladner Gervais Montréal

From Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport:

  • Leave the terminal area and follow Highway 20 East in the direction of downtown Montréal
  • Follow directions for the Ville-Marie Expressway and continue until you reach the de La Montagne Street exit
  • At the exit, follow directions for Saint-Antoine Street
  • Turn right on Saint-Antoine Street and continue until you reach Mansfield Street
  • Turn left on Mansfield Street and continue until you reach de La Gauchetière Street
  • Turn left on de La Gauchetière Street, then left on de La Cathédrale Street
  • Our Montréal office is located on the corner of de La Gauchetière and de La Cathédrale.

Community Involvement

BLG Montréal recognizes the need to work at improving the quality of life for the wider community, and our contribution in that regard is an integral part of our business philosophy. We participate in a wide variety of benevolent activities, devoting our time, investing our skills and supporting financially many initiatives that contribute to the well-being of our community and the support of our less privileged fellow-citizens.

  • Since 1995, BLG Montréal has had a special relationship with the Montreal Childen's Hospital Foundation, particularly through the firm's participation in the annual Pedal for Kids Campaign. Last year, more than one hundred BLG lawyers, paralegals and staff members enjoyed the fun of collecting $125,000, resulting in a cumulative total of over $1,000,000 in the firm's 18 years of participation. Thanks to our efforts, we have raised funds that have enabled the Hospital to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and to finance research into childhood diseases, especially diabetes and cancer, and so to remain a leader in pediatric health care.
  • BLG Montréal is proud of having assisted the McGill University Health Centre, through a gift of $500,000 over 5 years, to support the MUHC’s mission.
  • The members of BLG Montréal participate actively in the BLG Reads to Kids Program. Every month, our many volunteers travel to schools in less affluent areas to read to young children from kindergarten to Grade 3, thus transmitting to them their love of reading.
  • BLG Montréal is proud that its professionals and employees support the Centraide Campaign every year, especially through the firm’s source deduction program.

190 Years

The year 2013 is a major landmark for our firm, the 190th anniversary of its foundation. It was in 1823, in Montréal, that William Badgley opened the office that was destined to become the firm of McMaster Gervais many years later.

It was also at the end of the 19th century that Peers Davidson founded the second branch of the firm. The two partnerships joined forces, as many of you will remember, in 1998 to become one of the major law firms in Montréal. It was in 2000, following the merger with firms from Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver that we become one of the largest Canadian firms: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

We are proud of the rich heritage on which we have built our tradition of excellence and our professional skills for the last 190 years! We owe that kind of longevity to our clients who have confided in us and relied on our advice. We are particularly thankful to our partners and employees who, day by day, embody professional excellence and excellence in service.

The Founder

The Honorable William Badgley, QC, D.C.L.

Born in Montréal in 1801, William Badgley was the grandson of an English merchant who, like so many others, settled in Canada, drawn by the prosperity and opportunities that the fur trade afforded in the second half of the eighteenth century. It was in November 1823 that he was admitted to "the practice and profession of the law as Barrister, Advocate, Attorney, Solicitor and Proctor in all His Majesty's Courts of Justice."

In 1844, Badgley became judge of the Circuit Court for the District of Montréal but resigned in 1847 to return to private practice and enter politics. At that time, it was essential to organize railway companies, since Canada's economic expansion was bound up with the building of railways. It was with a view to serving the interests of his clients that William Badgley sought election to the Legislative Assembly. In June 1847, he was elected member for Missisquoi and then Attorney General of Canada East.

In 1849, he formed a partnership with John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, who would much later become the first Canadian Prime Minister  born in this country.

William Badgley was one of the first to be appointed to teach law at the Faculty of Arts of McGill, and would become the first dean of the Faculty of Law in 1853.

History of the Legacy Firms

  • 1823: The Honourable William K. Badgley opens his law office in Montréal at the age of 22.
  • 1899: Peers Davidson, son of Chief Justice Sir Charles Peers Davidson, founds Mackenzie Gervais in Montréal.
  • 1911: Ladner Downs opens its doors in Vancouver.
  • 1936: Two friends belonging to the same Phi Kappa Pi Fraternity, Beverley Elliot and Henry Borden, found Borden & Elliot.
  • 1952: Cuthbert Scott, Q.C., J.A. (Jack) Aylen, Q.C., and John G. Aylen, Q.C., form a partnership that would evolve into the Ottawa law firm that bore their name, Scott & Aylen.
  • 1998: McMaster Gervais is created from a merger of McMaster Meighen and Mackenzie Gervais.
  • 1999: Scott & Aylen and Borden & Elliot merge to form Borden Elliot Scott & Aylen.
  • 2000: Merger of five law firms – McMaster Gervais (Montréal), Scott & Aylen (Ottawa), Borden & Elliot (Toronto), Howard, Mackie (Calgary) and Ladner Downs (Vancouver) become Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP (BLG).