François Grondin

Ad. E.

Partner

Montréal
FGrondin@blg.com
514.954.3153

François Grondin is a seasoned and versatile litigation lawyer who regularly pleads before both the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal of Québec. His areas of practice include:

  • civil and commercial litigation (including injunction proceedings)
  • professional liability (civil and disciplinary)
  • class actions
  • defamation, both for plaintiffs and defendants
François is also involved in commissions of inquiry (Chamberland, Gomery, Oliphant) and in penal proceedings, and has significant experience in administrative and constitutional litigation (public law) and professional law, including judicial ethics.
François is a member of the Montreal office’s regional compensation committee and admissions committee.

Experience

  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company: acts in a class action related to the Lac-Mégantic train derailment
  • JTI-Macdonald Corp.: represents JTI-Macdonald Corp. in a class action against tobacco companies
  • Google: acts in two class actions before the Superior Court
  • Aéroports de Montréal: acts for Aéroports de Montréal in class actions, injunction proceedings and commercial litigations
  • Conférence des juges de la Cour du Québec: represented the Conférence in the reference before the Court of Appeal regarding the constitutional validity of the competence afforded to the Quebec Court’s jurisdiction and represented it in an application for judicial review against the Government of Québec
  • Involved in class actions related to smoking, as well as the defence of the action taken by the Attorney General of Québec to recover healthcare costs incurred as a result of tobacco consumption
  • Acted as one of the lawyers representing the Commission Chamberland in its inquiry into police practices and their potential impact on the protection of the confidentiality of journalistic sources
  • Participated in the Oliphant Commission and was part of a team of lawyers that represented the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
  • Pleaded before the Gomery Commission and defended judges before the Canadian Judicial Council and the Conseil de la magistrature du Québec
  • Involved in class action matters and frequently pleads before the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal of Québec

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Instructor, course on evidence, procedure and obligations at the École du Barreau du Québec, 2006-present

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Mira
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Huntington Society of Quebec

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2020) of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation). Also recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2012) (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: General Commercial [Québec])
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Litigation – Product Liability, Class Actions)
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2020) of the Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Local Litigation Star: Québec” and in the 2018 edition (and since 2015) as a “Litigation Star: General Commercial, Professional Liability”
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2020) of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation). Also recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2012) (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 1991
  • LLB, Université Laval, 1990
  • LLM in International Law (Honourable Mention), University of Nottingham, 1992