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 after 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 . The website of LexisNexis Lawyers.com indicates in reference to him “AV Preeminent TM ” and the highest Peer Rating (5).
Publications and Conferences
LexisNexis LegisPratique, Marie-Louise Delisle, James A. Woods & the Honourable Joseph R. Nuss, Q.C., Code de procedure civile annote - Arbitration Section, Editions 2008 to 2013.
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.