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|Contact Info||Telephone: 418 266-3073|
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|University ||Winner of the university's Prix du Barreau du Qué bec prize for the highest overall marks among graduating students planning to join the Quebec Bar|
|Law School||University of Sherbrooke, LL. B., Civil Law|
|Memberships ||Member of the Canadian Bar Association; Member of the Quebec Bar since 1991 (Quebec Bar Prize).|
|Languages||French and English|
Marie Cossette was called to the Quebec Bar in 1991 and joined Lavery in 2011. She has numerous years of experience in handling major cases in various areas of litigation.
A significant part of her practice is devoted to public law, administrative law and disciplinary law. She his regularly called upon to work in matters involving relations with the State under various forms. She provides advice to public organizations and government corporations before various forums. She acquired a particular expertise in public commissions of inquiry and acted as Senior Counsel for the Gomery Commission, as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Johnson Commission and as Counsel for the Officers of the Sûreté du Québec during the Poitras Commission. She currently represents a major public entity before the Charbonneau Commission. She also acts for various professional corporations and professionals in the context of disciplinary and penal investigations and for the purpose of dealing with administrative governance issues.
A second part of Ms. Cossette's practice is focused on the area of construction law litigation. She provides advice to clients of both the private and public sectors respecting claims, calls for tenders, defects and faults, issues involving the professional liability of industry participants and other related subjects. These matters raise various technical aspects and require often complex expert evidence.
Through her work in these two areas of practice, Ms. Cossette has acquired extensive experience in issues relating to ethics, professional conduct and integrity, particularly in the field of construction. She is, moreover, the head of Lavery's Corporate and Business Integrity Practice Group, which she set up in conjunction with the firm's management.
Lastly, Ms. Cossette represents many clients in various commercial litigation matters (arbitration, commercial leases, shareholder agreements, intellectual property in the context of research projects, unpaid commissions and services, manufacturing defects, commercial fraud, business opportunity appropriations, etc.).
Concurrently with these more traditional practice areas, Ms. Cossette also developed an expertise in managing media relations in litigation cases. She has worked closely with public relations firms, with which she partners to monitor that her clients' rights are enforced, while ensuring an understanding of public relations requirements. Together with this experience, she has practical knowledge of printed, television and radio media matters. She is regularly called upon to serve as a legal analyst for the Réseau de l'Information and Société Radio-Canada.
Ms Cossette has authored or co-authored several conferences and publications on the operation of public inquiries, the role of counsels in these commissions, the challenges raised by communicating as well as crisis management.
Ms. Cossette is articling principal and Coordinator of the Quebec City office Litigation Group. She is also a member of the firm's Professional Development Committee and chairs the Centraide campaign in the Quebec City office.
|Transactions ||Analyst for Radio-Canada and Réseau de l'information (RDI) for legal matters and commissions of inquiry;|
Support of client in crisis management and media relations;
Counsel for four commissions of inquiry (Charbonneau Commission, Gomery Commission, Johnson Commission and Poitras Commission) that received a tremendous amount of media coverage;
One of the lawyers representing Commissioner Gomery, es qualities, before the Federal Court for the judicial review of certain conclusions in his report;
One of the lawyers for the Honourable Chief Justice François Rolland before the Supreme Court in a matter of constitutional challenge of the rules of practice concerning the activities of the media in courts of law;
One of the lawyers representing a large-scale law firm in a proceeding of numerous millions of dollars further to a fraudulent financing;
Representations in the context of commercial arbitration (shareholder agreement, commercial lease termination, intellectual property in the context of research projects);
Representations in matters of the duty of loyalty and the appropriations of businesses opportunities by former directors of companies;
Representations for engineers in matters involving professional liability;
Representations in the context of construction law and calls for tenders matters for major clients of both the public and private sectors (claims, defects and faults, bonds, contestation of the grant of contracts);
Representations with respect to civil liability class actions;
Representations before disciplinary councils and in penal matters.
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