One last rock tour before the Bar


Me Cynthia Lacombe. Source: Courtesy Photos

Me Cynthia Lacombe pleads before courts of first instance and courts of appeal for BMD Avocats. She completed her internship at Waxman Dorval Perron Del Negro in 2010, before joining Schneider & Gaggino (now Schneider & Associés) in 2011, where she practiced for 9 years.

A classic course for this Barreau 2011? Not that much, since until 2015, she led a parallel career as a singer and bassist in rock bands.

Between rock and right

It all started in 2002. Cynthia was in Cégep. She discovered law and formed her first punk rock group, Navajo Code Talkers, with which she released an album.

“I’m not even sure it was in my plans to become a lawyer at that time,” she says.

Me Cynthia Lacombe.  Source: Courtesy Photos


Me Cynthia Lacombe. Source: Courtesy Photos

In 2005, she continued her musical career with the rock/blues project Tara Lee Combs and released a new album. She went on tour with her two companions at the time aboard a van across Canada and even in the United States, where she performed, among other places, in Detroit, Boston and New York.

At the time, Cynthia also worked in the recording industry in public relations and as booker of shows. At the same time, she completes her law and a certificate in communication.

In 2008, she went on tour for the last time before starting her bar.
She continued her musical career for a few more years with the mod rock group Kid Sentiment, released two more albums and sat on the board of directors of the Musée du Rock’n’roll québécois before hanging up permanently in 2015-2016 to devote herself to her career as a lawyer. “Without any regrets,” she says.

But his passion for music remains.

“My collection of CDs and records is quite intense, and I remain very interested in the Quebec music scene. When I write memoirs, I always listen to music. Sometimes I even sing out loud in my office. When I work, when I take a walk, when I’m in my car, I always put on music, ”says the one who now shares her passion with her 2 and a half year old son.

Similarities Between Stage and Court

Me Cynthia Lacombe.  Source: Courtesy Photos


Me Cynthia Lacombe. Source: Courtesy Photos

“The scene, there is nothing that replaces that”, assures Cynthia, a nostalgic smile in her voice. She remembers the privileged moments shared with her audience in the performance halls, the spontaneity of the performances, the generosity of the people she met on the road, who hosted her band or invited them to eat.

“This experience has helped me in my practice, especially for customer service,” explains Me Lacombe. Meeting very different people, who come from different backgrounds, teaches you to adapt your speech, your way of interacting”.

She also notes similarities between stage and court, including stage fright before going on stage which can be compared to stage fright before pleading. The need to convince too.

“When you plead, it’s as if you were on a stage. I write my pleadings, but it’s impossible to keep the script. Every pleading comes with the unexpected. You have to stay in control, like on stage during a show, even if it’s entertainment”.

Will she ever return to music? “I have no regrets about having chosen the law, I really think I belong,” says Cynthia. Which doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t take up the bass one day”.


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