Hon. Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C./c.r., Ad. E.: Lawyer with Woods LLP

Hon. Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C./c.r., Ad. E.

View Hon. Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C./c.r., Ad. E. 's Martindale-Hubbell Connected Profile
Montreal,  QU  Canada

Peer Rating
AV® Preeminent

Client Rating

Featured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer IconFeatured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer Icon
Printer Friendly VersionEmail this PageDownload to My Outlook ContactsAdd lawyer to My FavoritesCompare this lawyer to other lawyers in your favorites

Experience & Credentials Ratings & Reviews

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
University McGill University, Faculty of Arts And Science, Bachelor of Arts, 1955; Institut Universitaire D'etudes Europeennes, Turin, Italy, Certificat d'etudes Superieures Europeennes - On scholarship, 1960
Law SchoolMcGill University, Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Civil Law, 1958
Admitted2013, Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar; 1959, Member of the Quebec Bar

Professional Activities and Associations

Lecturer and panellist at conferences on arbitration and mediation as well as on the Art of Advocacy before Trial Courts and Appeal Courts

One of the authors of the chapter on arbitration in the annual LegisPratique: Code de procedure civile annote

Judge at student Moot Courts

Canadian Bar Association
London Court of International Arbitration
International Bar Association
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICC Canada) - Arbitration Committee
International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)

LanguagesEnglish; French; Italian; Hungarian
BornMontreal, Quebec, December 1, 1934

The Honourable Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C., is a former Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal. He joined Woods LLP, as Senior Counsel, in December 2009 following his retirement from the Court. In addition to giving advice as senior counsel, he concentrates his practice in the fields of domestic and international arbitration and mediation.

Prior to his appointment as a judge, he was a lawyer specializing in litigation, who appeared as counsel, in various areas of the law, before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, all the Courts of Quebec as well as before administrative tribunals. He was counsel before a number of Federal Commissions of Inquiry. As a judge, he also acted as mediator within the framework of the system of mediation established in the Quebec Court of Appeal. He is a lecturer on mediation at national and international conferences.


Named Queen's Counsel in 1976.

Inducted as fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1986.

Recipient in November 2002 of the distinction Ufficiale dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic).

Honoured by the Lord Reading Law Society (Montreal) in September 2009 and presented with citation which concludes: “In recognition of his lifelong dedication to the pursuit of Justice at the Bar and on the Bench.”

Martindale Hubbell gives him the highest rating of AV Preeminent. The LexisNexis directory indicates in reference to him AV Preeminent and the highest Peer Rating (5).


LexisNexis LegisPratique, Marie-Louise Delisle, James A. Woods & the Honourable Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C., Code de procedure civile annote - Arbitration Section, Editions 2011 to 2015-2016.

International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee, St. Petersburg, June 2013 - Lecture on “Public policy invoked as a ground for contesting the enforceability of an arbitral award or for seeking its annulment” text published in Dispute Resolution International, Vol. 7, No. 2, November 2013, pp. 117-133.

ADR: From the Court of Appeal to Private Practice, Panelist and Speaker, Montreal Bar Continuing Education Program Conference, February, 2012.

Advocacy in the Court of Appeal, Canadian Institute Conference, Training Workshop for Advocates, Montreal, October, 2010.

The Art of Advocacy, Lord Reading Law Society, Alan B. Gold Advocacy Lecture, September, 2009.

Class Actions: the Need for Reform, Host of the Conference by the Honourable Lee Rosenthal, U.S. District Court Judge, Cambridge Lectures, July, 2009.

Quel juge pour quelle societe?, Steering Committee Member, Quebec Congress of the Judiciary, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, November, 2008.

A Free Press and an Independent Judiciary, Panelist at the Session “Les medias et la diffusion des auditions, ” Halifax Conference, Nova Scotia, November, 2008.

Class Actions and the Indian Residential School Settlement, Host of the Conference by the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, Cambridge Lectures, July, 2007.

Mediation a la Cour d'appel du Quebec, International Conference on Mediation, Vilnius, Lithuania, May, 2007.

“Functions and Role of the Quebec Court of Appeal” and “Mediation Before the Court of Appeal”, Seminar on Civil Law Reform (Appeal and Special Proceedings), CIDA Project, Vilnius, Lithuania, December, 2003.

The Role and Obligations of Lawyers in a Democratic and Free Market Society, Lecturer chosen by the Canadian Bar Association for a conference in Budapest, Hungary, June, 1991.

L'evaluation d'une entreprise, The Professional Forum, November, 1991.

Les conventions entre actionnaires, Canadian Institute Conference, April, 1990.

The Rene Cassin Conferences on Human Rights, Participant at each of the thirteen (13) conferences, McGill University, since 1988.

Reported CasesRepresentative Mandates: Since resuming the practice of law in December 2009, he was appointed: Sole arbitrator in a number of commercial disputes amongst which were international ad hoc commercial disputes as well as a dispute governed by the ICC Rules of Arbitration. He was also named chair of a panel of arbitrators sitting in appeal from an arbitration decision in an ad hoc commercial arbitration.; Claims Officer In the matter of the Plan of Compromise or Arrangement of AbitibiBowater Inc. et al. involving the restructuring and reorganization (under the CCRA of the AbitibiBowater group of companies. The Claims Officer's function, essentially the same as that of an arbitrator, is to determine (decide) unresolved disputes between creditors and the debtor company. Approximately 34 disputed claims were submitted to him.; He also acted as mediator in a number of commercial matters.

View Ratings & Reviews
Profile Visibility
#126 in weekly profile views out of 7,985 lawyers in Montreal, Quebec
#32,059 in weekly profile views out of 1,726,728 total lawyers Overall

Office Information

Hon. Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C./c.r., Ad. E.

Suite 1700
MontrealQU H3A 3H3

Professional Networking for Legal Professionals Only

Quickly and easily expand your professional
network - join the premier global network for legal professionals only. It's powered by the
Martindale-Hubbell database - over 1,000,000 lawyers strong.
Join Now