Simon Seida
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4103

Simon's practice covers various fields of commercial litigation, including class actions, insurance disputes, product liability, and professional malpractice. In addition to regular civil proceedings, he represents clients in obtaining, or defending against, injunctions, seizures before judgment and other extraordinary proceedings. In the course of his practice, he regularly appears before courts and administrative tribunals in Quebec, including for several trials.

Simon also advises corporations and individuals in relation to regulatory or criminal matters, such as anti-corruption, competition, environmental or financial matters. In this context, he advises clients in responding to search warrants and investigations by government authorities or in conducting internal investigations.

Simon has advised national and international corporations on various matters dealing with dispute avoidance and resolution and with compliance with the penal provisions of statutes in Quebec and Canada.

Simon is fluent in French and English.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Defended corporations in consumer and nuisance-related class actions
  • Represented the mutual insurer of the large accounting firms in civil proceedings related to the longest-running judicial saga in Canada
  • Advised corporations during the course of investigations by government authorities, including during the execution of search warrants

  • Conducted internal investigations on behalf of public companies
  • Represented a mining company in the context of one of the most important environmental investigation in Canada
  • Defended health-care, financial and legal professionals in malpractice claims
  • Represented financial institutions in the context of regulatory proceedings
  • Represented corporations in cases of alleged fraud, including cases involving provisional injunctions and seizures before judgment

  • Defended electronics manufacturers and distributors in product liability claims
  • Represented an insurer in civil proceedings relating to an international insurance program
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance and Securities Litigation, May 19, 2016.
Co-author: Quebec case expands definition of bribery
The Lawyers Weekly, p. 14, October 23, 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Conducting an Internal Investigation: Best Practices
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Quebec, February 7, 2017.
Co-speaker: Business Crimes in Canada
2016 Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Group North America Regional Meeting, Lex Mundi, Nashville, Tennessee, November 10-11, 2016.
Speaker: Economic Crimes: a Review of Canadian Offences
Criminal Law Committee of the University of Montreal, Montreal, Québec, November 4, 2016.
Speaker: Contrats publics à l'ère post-Charbonneau
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montréal, Québec, February 4, 2016.
Speaker: Lutte à la corruption : portrait américano-canadien
presentation for the Association des Secrétaires et Chefs de Contentieux du Québec, Montréal, May 11, 2015.
Workshop Leader: Crisis Management Seminar
Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 24, 2015.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Interviewed: City of Montreal asks companies to repay collusion cash
CBC News, November 3, 2015.
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