Michel Gagne is a partner in our Litigation Group in Montreal. His practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation, and more specifically on complex technical litigation.
Mr. Gagne specializes in defending class actions as well as environmental litigation. He is involved in the defence of product liability class actions related to pharmaceutical products and consumer products. He has extensive experience in personal injury cases and in cases involving soil and groundwater contamination. He regularly pleads before the civil courts. His experience includes numerous litigations for damages, injunctions, and judicial reviews. He is skilled in statutory penal law and has pleaded before numerous administrative tribunals as well as arbitration boards.
He has had the opportunity to lead cases in various fields-including technology and intellectual property, administrative and constitutional law, as well as expropriation. He has led contractual and unfair competition disputes. His experience includes lawsuits with respect to manufacturers' liability and matters related to the Consumer Protection Act. He also possesses extensive experience in health law, medical malpractice and disciplinary law.
Mr. Gagne regularly provides advice and guidance to clients in the context of potential litigation to minimize their risk of liability. Many clients seek his experience and judgement to obtain strategic advice.
Mr. Gagne also regularly gives lectures, including for the Quebec bar's continuing education services, the Canadian Bar Association, Insight, and the Canadian Institute. Mr. Gagne has taught pleading techniques at the ecole du Barreau du Quebec. He is a past Chair of the Environmental Section of the Quebec Division of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of the Defense Research Institute, an American organization.
He has co-authored numerous articles, including: La preuve dans un contexte electronique, 2001; L'incidence de la condition personnelle preexistante de la victime sur l'evaluation des dommages : l'importance du lien causal, 2003; Recours pour troubles de voisinage : les veritables enjeux, 2004; Les recours collectifs et l'environnement : que nous reserve la prochaine decennie?, 2005; La preuve a l'etape de l'autorisation d'un recours collectif : a la recherche de l'equilibre, 2006; and Developpements sans precedent en 2006-2007 dans le domaine des recours collectifs en matiere environnementale, 2007; Le droit a un environnement sain et respectueux de la biodiversite : valeur symbolique ou effet concret?, 2009.
Mr. Gagne was recognized in the 2007 edition of the Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross border Litigation Lawyers in Canada published by Lexpert. He was also recognized in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Who's Who legal: Canada as one the Canada's leading practitioners in the defence of product liability related claims. Mr. Gagne appears as a leading lawyer in Environmental Law, in the last edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.
Mr. Gagne received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Universite Laval in 1987 and was called to the Quebec bar in March 1989.