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Sylvain  Lussier Ad. E.

Sylvain Lussier Ad. E.

Partner, Litigation

Key Contact: Pensions & Benefits Litigation


Contact Information

slussier@osler.com

tel: 514.904.5377

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 1978

Education
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B
  • University of Ottawa, B.A. (Political Science)
Language(s)
English, French, Spanish

Sylvain is a partner in the National Litigation Department in Osler’s Montréal office. Sylvain Lussier is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished litigation lawyers in Quebec and in Canada.  Sylvain has developed a leading reputation in a wide range of law, including commercial litigation and civil liability, but also extending to: Public and Administrative Law, where he represented the Attorney General of Canada at the Gomery Commission; Constitutional and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms Law; Native Law, and Environmental and Municipal Law. He has been involved in a number of class actions, including liability, pension and competition cases, and in many shareholder disputes.  He has represented clients before various administrative tribunals, the Quebec Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal, the courts of New Brunswick, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sylvain also headed a World Bank-sponsored mission to audit and recommend improvements to the legal system in Cameroon.    

Sylvain is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a past Chair of the Provincial Committee of this association. He is also a Past Chair of   the Montréal Bar Committee on Civil Justice and of the CBA’s Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties Section. He is Advocatus Emeritus since 2007 and is a special advocate under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).

  • Nobel Real Estate Investment Trust

    Nobel Real Estate Investment Trust in relation to its combination with Edgefront REIT

  • Class Actions

    • Manulife, in a matter involving the interpretation of a life insurance policy across Canada.
    • Enterprise Rent-a-Car, in defeating certification of a class action alleging false advertising pursuant to the Consumer Protection Act in Quebec; assisting in a similar case in Saskatchewan.
    • Loto-Québec, in a case involving advertising in casinos.
    • École polytechnique de Montréal, in Superior Court and in appeal, defeating a motion to authorize a class action on behalf of the School's retirees.
    • Argued before the SCC an appeal involving the authorization of a class action for Vivendi's (Seagram) retirees.
    • IBM, in an action involving its employees and retirees concerning pension and post-retirement benefits.
    • GM, in the settlement of the post-retirement health benefits class action against its Québec retirees.
    • Irving Oil, in two class actions concerning an alleged cartel to increase the price of retail gasoline in 4 municipalities (Jacques) and 13 other districts (Thouin).
    • Valle Foam, in the settlement of a class action.
    • Elpida, in the contestation (in Superior Court and in appeal) and in the settlement of a class action.
    • Cadbury, in the settlement of a class action.
    • Obtained a stay of proceedings for an important publisher in the context of parallel class actions.
    • NEC Electronics and Danfoss Compressors in the contestation of class actions.
    • A pharmaceutical company in relation to a class action regarding the side effects of a drug.

     

    General Liability

    • Irving Oil, in the proposed class action following the tragedy at Lac Megantic.
    • Gaz Metro, in major disaster files.
    • The Royal Bank of Canada, in the contestation of a class action.
    • FNF Canada and Chicago Title Insurance Company, against the Chambre des notaires du Québec in the defense of their refinancing program.
    • The Chief Justice of the Court of Québec pursuant to a legal recourse against her before the Superior Court regarding the Court of Québec’s judge appointment process.
    • Government of Canada’s attorney before the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsoring Program and Advertising Activities (Gomery Commission). He acts for the Government of Canada in the actions related to the recovery of overpayments in relation to the Sponsorship Program.
    • Regularly represents the Fonds d’assurance responsabilité professionnelle of the Barreau du Québec; acts for the Barreau du Québec.
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  • Benchmark Litigation Canada, 2017-2018, recognized as a "Litigation Star" in the areas of Aboriginal; Constitutional; General Commercial.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Litigation – Corporate Commercial.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2018, Consistently Recommended in the area of Class Actions.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Aboriginal Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Litigation – Product Liability.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Litigation – Public Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2018, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2017-2018, Most Frequently Recommended in the area of Litigation - Corporate Commercial.
  • The Legal 500 Canada, 2018, recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Dispute Resolution (Quebec).
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018, recognized in the area of Litigation: General Commercial (Quebec).
  • Acritas Stars, 2018, recognized as a Star Lawyer.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2018, recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Legal Malpractice Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2018, recognized in the area of Product Liability Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2018, recognized in the area of Aboriginal Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2018, recognized in the area of Administrative and Public Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013-2018, recognized in the area of Appellate Practice.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2018, recognized in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2018, recognized in the area of Class Action Litigation.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2018, recognized in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2017, recognized in the area of Legal Malpractice Law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017, recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Appellate Practice.
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada 2017: Class Actions and Litigation (Corporate Commercial).
  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Dispute Resolution: Québec.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2017, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Litigation – Securities.
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada 2015: Aboriginal; General Commercial; Constitutional.
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers, 2014 & 2015, mentions his skills in Québec Dispute Resolution.

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Collège Stanislas
  • Regular contributor to fundraising activities of the Centre du Théatre d’aujourd’hui and the FTA

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; past chair of the provincial committee
  • Governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec
  • Former chair of the Constitutional law and human rights section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Former chair of the administration of civil justice of the committee of the Montréal Bar
  • Member, Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
  • Special Advocate, appointed by the minister of Justice Canada, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

TEACHING

  • Secretariat to senior positions, Québec City, Public hearings, 2010
  • Quebec Bar in Montreal, Civil Liability, 2007; 2010; 2011; 2013; 2014
  • Quebec Bar in Montreal, Evidence and oral argument, 1999 – 2003
  • University of Montreal, Law Faculty: moot court tutor, 1992 – 1999
  • University of Montreal, Continuing Education Faculty, Administrative law, 1983 – 1985 
  • Quebec Bar in Montreal, Administrative law, 1981 – 1985  
  • University of Ottawa and Quebec Bar in Hull, Administrative law, 1979   

PUBLICATIONS

  • Éditions Yvon Blais, Chapitre sur les mesures provisionnelles du Grand collectif, ouvrage collectif sur le nouveau Code de procédure civile du Québec. (in French only), (2015-2017)
  • LexisNexis : Droit administratif ; « Législation déléguée » (in French only), 2015-2017
  • JurisClasseur Quebec, Code of procedure Lexis Nexis: "Applications concerning the integrity of the person" (2010-2017)
  • "The Tsilhqot’in Decision: The Supreme Court Confirms Aboriginal Title,” Energy Regulation Quarterly, Vol. 2, (September 2014)
  • McGill Law Journal : « La primauté du droit, l’égalité devant la loi et autres « principes non écrits de notre constitution » (2013)
  • LexisNexis: La Cour d’appel : “Normes d’intervention” (2011)
  • CBAQ Conference on Commissions of Inquiry: “Commissions of Inquiry and the Media” (2009)
  • Recent developments in ethics, law and professional disciplinary: “The Solicitor-Client Privilege: What Every Lawyer Should Know According to the Supreme Court of Canada” (co-author Mahmud Jamal) (2008)
  • Recent developments in mental health law: “The Gharavy Case Revisited after Starson” (2004)
  • Review of the Professional Liability of Accountants Depending on their Professional Activities”, in Droits de la personne: solidarité et bonne foi (Human Rights: Solidarity and Good Faith), Actes des journées strasbourgeoises, Yvon Blais Publications (2000)

CONFERENCES

Quebec Bar

  • Annual Conference: Commissions of inquiry, 2010
  • The Confidentiality of the Lawyer: What Every Lawyer Should Know by the Supreme Court of Canada, 2009
  • Annual Convention: The Litigation Privilege, 2007
  • Recent civil law developments: The Gharavy case revisited after Starson, 2004
  • Annual convention: Litigator’s ethics, 2002
  • Recent civil law developments: extra-judicial fees as damages, 2001

Canadian Bar Association

  • Online session: “Assessing your case for appeal”
  • National Administrative Law Labour and Employment Law section: “Privilege: Do You Want to Know a Secret: the Journalist’s Privilege,” 2011
  • Annual convention – Organizer and moderator of a joint constitutional/native law workshop: Marshall, the Aftermath, 2000

Canadian Bar Association - Quebec Section

  • L'action collective dans le nouveau code de procédure (in French only), 2014-2015
  • Le secret professionnel au Québec: une peau de chagrin?, 2014
  • Commissions of inquiry and the media, 2009
  • The Litigation Privilege, 2007
  • Conference:  Litigator’s Ethics, 2002
  • Constitutional law section – “The Marshall Case”, given along with Michel Venne, reporter for Le Devoir and Attorney Robert Mainville, 2000

Canadian Institute

  • Advanced training on administrative law - "L'équité procédurale dans un domaine en constante évolution," 2013
  • Speaker: Training on Administrative Law, 2011
  • Speaker: Boot Camp for litigators: “Complex litigation,” 2010
  • Co-chair: Consultation and Aboriginal Partnership in Development Projets, 2009
  • Negotiation with First Nation Communities, 2008
  • Litigation against Governments : Central Agencies : The Heart of Power, 2007
  • Law and Management of Environmental Issues : Consultation and Aboriginal Rights, 2006
  • Recent Developments in Administrative Law : Developments in the Field of Commissions of Inquiry, 2006

Insight

  • Co-Chair, Aboriginal Forum on Resource Management – Speaker: Recent Developments in Case Law on Aboriginal Title, Obligations to Consult and Fiduciary Duty, 2009
  • Co-Chair, Aboriginal Forum on Resource Management – Speaker: Financing on Indian Reserves, 2007
  • Co-Chair, Aboriginal Forum on Resource Management – Speaker: The Aftermath of the Bernard & Marshall case, 2006

American College of Trial Lawyers

  • University of Moncton: Presentation of the ACTL’s Code of Ethics, 2002
  • University of Sherbrooke : Presentation of the ACTL’s Code of Ethics, 2001

International Academy of Law and Mental Health

  • Responding to End-of-Life Decisions: Perspectives from Medicine, Law and Ethics: moderator and commentator, 2006
  • The Charter Revolution and the Practice of Medicine: Moderator of the Constitutional law panel, 2005
  • 22nd convention of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, chairman of the workplace and mental health workshop, 1997

Other Conferences

  • UQÀM Faculty of Political Science and Law : "Techniques de plaidoirie", 2018 
  • Association des conseillers juridiques d’entreprise – Section du Québec Séminaire : Le plaideur post-moderne – Comment savoir si vous avez un bon plaideur comme avocat? (in French only), 2017
  • Montréal, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Un nouveau regard sur l’injonction (in French only), 2017
  • Montréal, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Lessons Learned from Prince v. Avis Budget Group Inc., 2017
  • Ontario Bar Association; Quebec-Ontario Business Law Summit: Multi-Jurisdictional Transactions, President of the program, 2015
  • Philippe Kirsch Institute : Recours collectifs impliquant des membres hors Québec : potentiel, motifs et difficultés, 2014
  • D’Amico Family Wealth Management Group / RBC Dominion Securities Inc. : "A Review of the Recent Case Law Dealing With Accountants’ Professional Liability and Bank Liability," 2014
  • Toronto, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, "Recent Trends in Aboriginal Law and Consultation," 2014
  • Montréal Bar : Le secret professionnel en France et au Québec – Est-ce différent?, 2014
  • Canadian National Railway: Questions autochtones et consultation, 2014
  • The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers: "The Charbonneau Commission : Uncovering the Depth of Corruption in the Construction Industry in Quebec," 2013
  • Montréal, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt : Le secret professionnel de l’avocat : ce que tout avocat doit savoir selon la Cour suprême du Canada, 2013
  • Young Bar of Montréal : L’avocat du XXIe siècle : de nouvelles valeurs pour un nouveau siècle ou "Back to the Future"?, 2013
  • Toronto, Advocates’ Society : "Corruption Uncovered: A Discussion on the Charbonneau Commission," 2013
  • Continuum : Développements récents en matière de litige entre actionnaires, 2012
  • The McGill Law Journal: Annual Conference, 2012
  • Montreal, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, “The Shareholder Litigation under the Corporations Act (Quebec),” 2011
  • Montreal Young Bar: Participation in a roundtable discussion on the Code of Civil Procedure with the honourables Guy Gagnon and Francois Rolland, 2009
  • Osgoode Hall Law School York University: “Bias and Commissions of Inquiry (including) Lessons Learned from Gomery,” 2008
  • Superior Court judges: “Non Competition Clauses,” 2006
  • Montreal Young Bar: Presentation of the ACTL’s Code of Ethics, 2004
  • Montreal Bar: Training seminar on the practice before the Court of Appeal, 2002
  • Superior Court judges: “Extra-judicial Fees as Damages,” 2002
  • Ottawa, Optimizing Donor Selection Process, organized by the Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec: “A Legal Perspective,” 2001
  • Lord Reading Society: “The Lost Art of Cross-Examination,” 2001
  • Montreal, Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast, “Commercial Contracts in Quebec Law”, conference given as part of the mission of judges from the Shanghai High People’s Court and judges from Montreal’s Municipal Court, 2001
  • Toronto, The Advocates’ Society: “Simplifying Complex Litigation,” 2001
  • Association forestière de l’Abitibi: conference on native law and consultation, 2000
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue Bar: Recent Developments in Mandatory Injunction Matters, 2000