Vanessa Lapointe

Associate

Montréal
VLapointe@blg.com
514.954.2629

Vanessa Lapointe represents the interests of unionized and non-unionized companies of all sizes in matters ranging from prevention to representation. This includes advising employers on:

  • hiring and employment contracts
  • disciplinary measures and dismissals
  • workplace investigations
  • labour relations
  • human rights

Vanessa advises both federally and provincially-regulated companies and represents them before:

  • civil courts (wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and other civil litigation)
  • administrative tribunals (human rights tribunals, CNESST, Administrative Labour Tribunal)

She also assists foreign—particularly American—companies with aspects of employment law pertaining to their Canadian and Québec operations.

Vanessa regularly works with BLG’s Mergers and Acquisitions team as an employment law specialist in the context of due diligence processes.

Vanessa is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Italian and Spanish.

Vanessa was previously assigned to the legal department of a large company in the automobile industry. She was also seconded on two occasions to a leading Canadian tourism infrastructure company. She carried out these assignments under the supervision of an international law firm, at which she subsequently completed her articles.

Experience

  • Defended a company in the context of injunctive procedures before the Superior Court of Québec.
  • Defended the confidentiality of a company’s commercial agreements before the Administrative Labour Tribunal.
  • Conducted external investigations of harassment complaints for federal and provincial government employers.
  • Participated in representing various employers in litigation governed by the Act respecting labour standards, the Labour Code and the Canada Labour Code.
  • Drafted employment contracts and confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation and collective agreements.
  • Regularly conducts internal workplace harassment training.
  • Assisted the BLG Mergers and Acquisitions team in the context of various transactions.
  • Advised a large U.S. company on the onboarding of its Québec employees as it expanded in Canada.
  • Prepared lectures advising employers on recent developments in labour and employment law as well as how to prevent in-house fraud and enforce restrictive covenants in employment contracts.

Beyond Our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Member of the organizing committee, Element fundraising event benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
  • Member of the organizing committee, Wonder Race benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children
  • Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2018
  • Civil and Commercial Mediation Training, Université de Sherbrooke, 2019
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 2015
  • Exchange student at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. in Barcelona, 2015
  • Certificate (Criminology), Université de Montréal, 2012
  • Sociology and Languages Studies, McGill University, 2011