Robert Charbonneau is a litigation partner in our Montréal office as well as Montréal Regional Leader of both our Aviation Group and Product Liability Group. Robert focuses his practice on class actions, as well as insurance, civil liability and product liability, including aviation matters, and is ranked as a leading lawyer in these areas of law by the foremost legal rankings publications.
Robert has handled class actions for over 18 years, representing clients such as blood banks, retail chains, motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic and computer manufacturers, insurers, chartered banks and other financial institutions. These cases involved matters ranging from contaminated blood to advertising, disclosure of credit rates and fees, latent defects, defamation, price-fixing, malicious prosecution and insurance coverage. Robert has been representing clients in insurance matters for over 30 years, acting primarily on behalf of Québec, Canadian, American, European and Japanese insurers, as well as non-insurer corporations, in files involving commercial and industrial insurance, aviation insurance, life and disability insurance as well the professional liability of insurance brokers.
Also for over 30 years, Robert has represented and defended manufacturers of various products, either on their behalf and/or on behalf of their insurers, in cases involving, among other things, construction products, biological and pharmaceutical products, motor vehicles and household appliances.
As an extension of his significant practice in the areas of insurance, civil liability and product liability, Robert has, for some 25 years, represented clients in numerous aviation matters, acting primarily on behalf of Canadian, American, British and French insurers, whether in defense or subrogation. His cases have involved fixed-wing and rotor aircraft and parts manufacturers and repairers, engine manufacturers and repairers, airports, airlines and general aviation. He has also advised a number of manufacturers with respect to their product recalls.