Réal Forest Ad. E.
Senior Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088

Réal specializes in complex litigation matters involving business, securities, environmental, construction, transportation and competition law, as well as trade regulation, constitutional and administrative law issues. He appears regularly before all levels of courts in Quebec as well as the Federal Court of Canada and various arbitration and administrative tribunals. He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on numerous occasions.

Réal has particular expertise and interest in competition law. He has acted as counsel to several companies in proceedings initiated by the Commissioner of Competition to prevent mergers, on behalf of clients in criminal proceedings brought under the Competition Act, and he has also represented the Commissioner of Competition in contested merger cases.

  • Société d'énergie Foster Wheeler Ltée c. Ville de Montreal, 2008 QCCS 4670 (Qc. C.S. October 7, 2008)

  • The Queen v. Attorney General of Québec, [2008] F.C.A. 201 (June 11, 2008)

  • Henderson v. Attorney General of Québec, [2007] R.J.Q. 2174; 2007 QCCA 1138

  • Corporation Sun Media v. Société de transport de Montréal et al., leave to appeal denied by the Supreme Court of Canada, February 18, 2005, Supreme Court of Canada Bulletin of Proceedings, February 18, 2005, No. 30532

  • Foster Wheeler Power Co. c. Société intermunicipale de gestion et d'élimination des déchets (SIGED) Inc., [2004] 1 S.C.R. 456, 2004 SCC 18


In 2012, Réal was awarded the title Lawyer Emeritus by the Barreau du Québec. Each year, this award is presented to members of the order who gain distinction as a result of their outstanding professional career, outstanding contribution to the profession or outstanding social and community standing.

Réal is recognized as one of Canada's leading litigation lawyers in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Administrative and Public Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Litigation: General Commercial – Québec)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Litigation - Public Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2015 Edition (Litigation Star in Arbitration, Commercial, Competition and Securities)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 (Dispute Resolution)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011 (Litigation - Class Actions)

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