A new Superior Court judge


Celine Legendre. Source: Osler website

Celine Legendre trades his title of Master for that of judge. It is indeed on April 27 that the federal Minister of Justice David Lametti that she would become a Puisne Judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal.

She replaces the judge Mark Davidwho became a supernumerary judge last January.

Bar 2001, Céline Legendre began her practice at McCarthy Tétrault, first as an intern, then as a lawyer and finally as a partner.

She joined the ranks of Osler’s Montreal office in March 2019 as a partner in its litigation and dispute resolution group. Ironically, it is precisely to fill departures for the judiciary that Céline Legendre had been recruited.

“I had reached a stage in my career where I had developed great expertise. A great opportunity arose at Osler following several judicial appointments,” she explained to Droit-Inc at the time.

Her practice focused on commercial litigation and class actions, in which she represented clients in the financial, retail, technology and energy sectors, among others. At Osler, she was a member of the class action defence, privacy and personal information protection and information management practice groups.

She has also practiced in areas such as corporate governance, securities, product liability, professional liability and competition. She has also worked on competition issues related to deceptive marketing practices, alleged cartel activities, internal investigations and wrongful disclosures, which has led her to accompany throughout regulatory investigations.

Céline Legendre is also an established lawyer who regularly defends clients before trial and appeal courts and before administrative and regulatory tribunals. She represents major clients in various industries, including financial services, retail, technology and energy.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Benchmark Litigation Canada recognized his work in the areas of class actions and commercial and corporate litigation.

Judge Céline Legendre studied at the University of Montreal, where she completed a degree in political science in 1997 and obtained her law degree in 2000.

Joined in the minutes following her appointment to the bench by Droit-Inc, Céline Legendre spoke of the “whirlwind” which then swept her professional agenda to explain that she could not quickly answer our questions. As soon as they are appointed, new judges must in fact abandon their professional activities, their clients and their associates as quickly as possible.

Concurrently to her practice, she chaired the regional council of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, with which she has collaborated since 2016. The environment is a cause that is particularly close to her heart.

“I have four children and my life revolves around family and work. It is essential for me to contribute to our community and to the well-being of the community,” she explained to Droit-Inc upon her arrival at Osler.


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