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Francis Rouleau

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  • Defended large multinational companies in class actions regarding consumer contracts, product liability and price fixing, and economic loss

  • Defended an oil company in an action relating to the interpretation of contractual provisions in ad hoc arbitration proceedings

  • Defended a mining company in a contractual dispute with monetary consequences in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce

  • Defended the interests of a railway company in an action to recover funds under a transportation contract in arbitration proceedings based on the UNCITRAL model law for international commercial arbitrations

  • Defended a pharmaceutical company in the defence of a trademark infringement and passing-off action raising the novel question of analyzing the confusion of trade-marks through intermediaries

  • Represented a number of clients involving the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the financial regulatory body in the province of Quebec, in respect of investigations carried on by the AMF

  • Defended an international insurance broker in the context of an action taken by an insured following the denial of coverage by the primary insurance carrier

  • Participated in the restructuring of a major real estate portfolio organization under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act

  • Acted for a leading manufacturer of polyvinyl-chloride (PVC) profiles and a leading producer of plastics in the context of a product liability action

  • Defended shareholders in various litigations arising from shareholders agreements, including oppression remedies and derivative actions

  • Acted for a private investment counselling firm with respect to an action involving allegations of unfair competition

Awards & Recognition

Francis is recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2015–2024 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (2022–2023: Litigation Star: Arbitration, Insurance, Product Liability and Recall; 2015: Litigation: Arbitration, Insurance, Product Liability and Recall, Class Actions, and Competition)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Recommended in Editorial – Dispute Resolution: Quebec)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (2018–2023: Litigation: General Commercial; 2017: Dispute Resolution – Quebec)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2022–2023: Repeatedly Recommended – Litigation: Corporate Commercial; 2015–2016 and 2018–2022: Repeatedly Recommended – Litigation: Product Liability; 2022: Repeatedly Recommended – Class Actions)

Professional Activities

Francis has been a member of the Firm's national Pro Bono Committee and a member of the Firm's Legal Personnel Committee and Recruitment Committee in Montréal.

Outside of Blakes, he is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI. He is also a member of the Montréal Bar, the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association. From 1999 to 2001, he served as a member of the Montréal Bar's Liaison Committee with the Federal Court of Canada.


Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 1992
LLB, Université de Montréal – 1990
(Recipient of the Mateesco-Matte Award in Transportation Law)

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