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Two Leading Lawyers Join Blakes in Montréal

August 21, 2023

New Partners, both leaders in the Quebec market, strengthen the Firm’s offering to clients.

MONTRÉAL, August 21, 2023 — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), Canada’s top business law firm, is pleased to announce that Caroline Biron and Claudie Imbleau-Chagnon have joined the Firm’s Montréal office as Partners in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Infrastructure/P3 groups, respectively.

Caroline Biron Joins Litigation Team

Caroline is one of Quebec’s leading litigation lawyers. She has practised law for more than 30 years, with a focus on high-end commercial litigation and class action defence. She has litigated before courts at all levels in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Before joining Blakes, she was managing partner of a leading litigation boutique in Montréal.

“I’m delighted to join the Blakes team. I believe in their vision of a national business law firm with an emphasis on high-end litigation in all of Canada’s key commercial centres,” Caroline said. “The Firm’s deep business-law expertise across sectors and deep litigation team in all jurisdictions make it a force in a wide variety of bet-the-company litigation. I’m looking forward to collaborating with this integrated and diverse team of passionate experts.”

Claudie Imbleau-Chagnon Joins Infrastructure Team

Claudie is one of Quebec’s leading infrastructure lawyers. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the area. She began her law career at a national firm and then spent several years overseas at a top-tier international firm focused on international projects. Immediately before joining Blakes, she was vice president of legal affairs (investments) at a Canadian-based global leader in real estate and development projects.

“Starting this new chapter of my career with the Blakes Infrastructure team is an opportunity to reconnect with my law firm roots after several years of practice in the private and public sectors. I’m eager to return to client service and Blakes is the perfect firm, with a great practice across the country and an enthusiasm for the sector,” Claudie stated.

Investing in Key Strategic Areas for Our Clients

“The leading experience that Caroline and Claudie bring to Blakes is a major asset for our clients and the Firm. Their expertise in their respective fields enhances our practice and expands our services,” said Sébastien Vilder, Montréal Office Managing Partner. “This makes three important hires in approximately the last year and speaks volumes to the momentum we have in this market,” added Sébastien. Blakes also welcomed Partner Jenny Ross in 2022, a seasoned real estate lawyer with significant in-house leadership experience.

Geoff Belsher, Chair of Blakes, said: “Caroline and Claudie fit perfectly with our strategic plan. Blakes is already a leader in high-end litigation and infrastructure in Montréal and across Canada, but we believe these areas will continue to grow and we are investing in them. Their joining Blakes enhances the success we are having in Montréal and illustrates our commitment to this important market. Caroline and Claudie also significantly contribute to both their profession and community, which is very important to us. I know that our clients will share my enthusiasm about their addition to our team.”

About Blakes

At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, we serve a diverse national and international client base. Our integrated network of offices provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Thanks to our clients, Blakes continues to receive awards and top rankings. For the ninth time and eighth consecutive year, Blakes is Canada’s leading law firm brand in 2023, according to Thomson Reuters. We also received the most top-tier rankings by practice area for the sixth consecutive year in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023. In addition, our lawyers continue to be recognized as leaders in their fields in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Canada’s leading guide to lawyers. More information on Blakes is available on our website or by following us on LinkedIn.