Josée Cavalancia is a partner at Belleau Lapointe. She joined the firm in 2018, having practiced law for more than 15 years, notably in the litigation group of a major international law firm. She holds extensive experience as a litigator in the field of civil and commercial litigation, as well as in class actions.
To this day, Josée has represented both multinationals and small and medium-sized businesses from a wide range of industries, in files brought before the various instances in Québec and before Federal Courts, as well as during negotiations and mediations. She has acted in defence in class actions proceedings involving issues of pharmaceutical liability and consumer law.
For the past two years, Josée has been practicing mainly as counsel for plaintiffs in class action files, in securities, competition and consumer law matters.
Holding a Master in Business Administration (MBA with Honors) from HEC Montréal since 2018 and with her history of entrepreneurship in the restaurant industry, Josée is renown by her clients for her excellent sense of business and her overall understanding of business issues; they appreciate her strategic vision and her ability to identify the important business considerations that go beyond litigation.
Also a corporate director in various organizations, Josée has been actively involved in several boards of directors in recent years, notably those of La Cordée Plein Air Inc., Fondation Scoute La Cordée and Jeune chambre de commerce de Montréal. She is currently President of the board of directors of Æquo Shareholder Engagement Services Inc., a professional firm that advises asset holders and managers in matters of responsible investment and which carries out shareholder engagement initiatives on their behalf regarding ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues.
- Representation of a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer contesting a product liability action related to medication used as hormone replacement therapy: Masson v. Centre de santé et de services sociaux de St-Jérôme (CSSS), 2012 QCCS 178 and Masson v. Centre de santé et de services sociaux de St-Jérôme (CSSS), 2012 QCCA 921.
- Representation of multinational manufacturers of pharmaceutical products challenging various class actions in product liability, including injection contraceptives, children’s cough and cold medications and hormone replacement therapy.
- Representation of a franchisor in demand, in files of franchise, lease and supply contracts termination, and in injunction proceedings: Mikes Restaurants inc. v. 3806235 Canada inc., 2007 QCCS 1814.
- Representation of an oil company challenging an action brought by a land owner under the Environment Quality Act, dealing in particular with issues related to the decontamination of land: Gagnon c. Suncor Énergie inc., 2014 QCCS 3669.
- Representation of an oil company in various commercial and contractual litigation cases, in real estate and environment disputes.
- Representation of a mining company in a dispute with a municipality in the context of the Expropriation Act and the Mining Act: Duparquet (Ville de) v. Mine d’or Eldorado inc., 2009 QCCS 4547.
- Representation of an educational institution in demand in a dispute involving the construction of a real estate project and involving the owner, general contractors, subcontractors, and insurers.
- Representation of financial institutions defending an action for damages against them as a negotiating bank and dealing with issues of bills of exchange and taxation.
- Representation of a physician in defense in an action for medical liability brought by a patient.
- Representation of a firm of actuaries defending an action for professional liability brought by a pension committee.
- Representation of a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of children and youth (pro bono mandate) in defense in an action for damages involving a volunteer and a former beneficiary.
- Representation of a taxpayer in an Appeal of Assessment under the Income Tax Act: Sebag v. La Reine, 2005 CCI 699.
- Representation of a company in the printing industry defending an interlocutory injunction alleging confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition undertakings: Payette & Simms inc. v. Pelletier, 2007 QCCS 5803.
- Representation of a foreign company in a motion for preliminary exception requesting the dismissal of an action claiming more than 1.3 billion US dollars: Souffrant v. Haytian American Sugar Company, 2006 QCCS 5580.