The “JBM Lawyers of the Year 2022” are…


My Sydney Warshaw and Marianne Brouillet. Sources: LinkedIn and Novalex website

They are eight lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of law “by the excellence of their case, their social involvement, their personal and professional achievements as well as their vision and their perspectives”.

The Young Bar of Montreal (YBM) unveils them in a press release the day after the 16th edition of its Gala, which was held in the presence of more than 300 guests. An edition hosted by Me Joey Hannalawyer at the United Nations High Commissioner.

The list of eight

It’s about Me Sydney Warshaw, a technology lawyer at Blake Cassels & Graydon, where she advises clients on contractual and commercial agreements. A lawyer presented as an activist and passionate about equity issues.

This 2019 Bar is also the co-founder and director of The Wandering Chew, which celebrates Jewish stories through culinary experiences in Montreal and beyond. She sits on the Boards of the Jewish Public Library and the Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.

Me Marianne Brouillet, family law and medical law lawyer at Novalex also stood out. She is involved in making justice more accessible in Nunavik, by offering pro bono legal services for Nunavik residents. This 2015 Bar is also an accredited mediator in family law.

My Sean Doyle and Virginie Dufresne-Lemire.  Sources: LinkedIn and Arsenault Dufresne Wee avocats sencrl website


My Sean Doyle and Virginie Dufresne-Lemire. Sources: LinkedIn and Arsenault Dufresne Wee avocats sencrl website

Me Sean Doyle is also on the list: he is a lawyer in the legal department of the Attorney General of Canada. He is presented by the YBM as a general litigator in public law acting in particular “in complex and long-term trials in various fields, including constitutional and aboriginal law”.

This Barreau 2017 clerk at the Quebec Court of Appeal for Justices Nicholas Kasirer and Robert M. Mainville. He teaches the Interpretation of Laws and Introduction to Law courses at the University of Sherbrooke and also coaches a pleading competition.

Me Virginie Dufresne Lemirewho works at Arsenault Dufresne Wee lawyers sencrl in civil and commercial litigation, acts according to the JBM in “often publicized cases of sexual violence and police brutality, in particular with families of which a member has been killed by the police”.

This 2014 Bar also works to improve the accessibility of the justice system “by supporting its clients, representing them in civil suits or coroner’s inquests and by popularizing several issues in the media”.

My Laure Fouin and Jean-Philippe MacKay.  Sources: Osler website and LinkedIn


My Laure Fouin and Jean-Philippe MacKay. Sources: Osler website and LinkedIn

Me Laure Fouin is a corporate law partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcour. The one who co-chairs its Digital Assets and Blockchains group focuses her practice on financial institutions, financial products and services, and the regulation of securities and investment products, including cryptoassets, according to the JBM.

This 2013 Bar is also a member of the board of directors of the Site historique Marguerite-Bourgeoys and an ambassador for the Canadian Blockchain Consortium in Quebec.

Also on the list is Me Jean-Philippe MacKay, criminal and penal prosecuting attorney. The latter specializes in prosecutions relating to firearms, pimping and drug trafficking. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, where he teaches criminal procedure.

This 2014 Bar is presented by the JBM as “a versatile and industrious prosecutor”, “who simultaneously manages many complex prosecutions at first instance, while leading several cases on appeal”.

My Geneviève Thériault-Lachance and Coline Bellefleur.  Sources: YBM website and LinkedIn


My Geneviève Thériault-Lachance and Coline Bellefleur. Sources: YBM website and LinkedIn

Me Genevieve Theriault-Lachance is specialized in corporate ethics and integrity at Rio Tinto Alcan. The JBM specifies that this 2015 Bar has conducted multiple surveys in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The lawyer holds a master’s degree in law from London University College, is vice-president of Amnesty International Canada and also a member of the Integrity Protection Committee of the Réseau Loisir et Sport du Québec.

Me Coline Bellefleur works on his own account in prison law and immigration law. His practice is, according to the JBM, very oriented towards “complex cases often involving serious criminality or security issues”.

This 2013 Barreau is a lecturer at UdeM and regularly intervenes in public debate on issues of rights and freedoms. She co-founded the Quebec section of the Canadian Association of Muslim Lawyers.

Hundreds of applicants

About a hundred lawyers had previously submitted their application files. These were analyzed by an independent Pre-Selection Committee made up, according to the JBM, “of important members of the legal community who had the responsibility of choosing the finalists in each of the categories”.

It is Sophie Bourquejudge of the Superior Court of Quebec, Sylvain Lussierjudge of the Superior Court of Quebec, Catherine Pilonjudge at the Court of Quebec, Mr. Philippe-Andre TessierPresident of the Commission for Human Rights and Youth Rights, Mr. Catherine OuimetExecutive Director of the Barreau du Québec, and Me Tamara DavisExecutive Director of the Bar of Montreal.

But also: Me Alain RicardPresident of the CAIJ, Me Ariane CharbonneauExecutive Director of Éducaloi, Me Frederick William Headonlawyer at Air Canada, Me Elizabeth Cortelawyer and Chief Justice of the Court of Québec 2009-2016, Me Michael Larocheof Miller Thomson Lawyers, Me Julien Beaulieuvice-president of the Barreau du Québec, DPCP, and Me Luc Deshaiesassociated with Gowling WLG.

The YBM relies on its Board of Governors for the final choice of winners in each category. The Gala is an evening aimed at showcasing the members of the next generation of Montreal legal professionals. Since 1898, the YBM has brought together lawyers with ten years or less of practice in Montreal, i.e. more than 5,000 members.


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