Mélanie Martel is a partner at the Montréal office where she practises litigation with a focus on Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Contract law, including Latent Defects, Sale and Lease Disputes..

Mélanie always looks to achieve the best outcome for her clients and tailors her litigation strategy to her clients’ needs. She represents a broad range of clients before all levels of court, but also acts to prevent, avoid and settle litigation.

Mélanie has also been teaching Contract Law (sale, lease, service and enterprise) at the University of Sherbrooke since 2008, as well as the law of Obligations and Proceedings at the Quebec Bar School since 2009.

She is active in the community, and currently serves as director of the Société de Transport de Laval.

Mélanie received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval, where she was on the dean’s honour list. She also studied at the University of Victoria in British Columbia as part of a Common Law/Droit civil exchange program. In 2006, she completed the Quebec Bar’s “Techniques de plaidoirie”, an exclusive and intensive course adopted by the US National Institute of Trial Advocacy and adapted by the Ministère de la justice.

Mélanie received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval where she was on the dean’s honour list. She also studied at the University of Victoria in British Columbia as part of a Common Law/Droit civil exchange program.

She currently teaches Contract Law at the University of Sherbrooke, as well as the Law of Obligation and Drafting of Proceeding at Bar School of Québec. She also is:

  • Member of the Montreal section of International Woman's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) 
  • Former President of the Board of Directors of Centre de la Petite Enfance Les P'tits Soleils de Sainte-Dorothée 
  • Member of ICTF (International Credit & Trade Finance Association) 
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association

Examples of her Professional Experience:

  • Counsel in the drafting, interpretation and application of various contract
  • Motions relating to call for bids
  • Lawsuit for wrongful contract termination
  • Action for latent defects following the purchase of a new house
  • Claim and defense relating to construction’s extra work and delay claims
  • Anton Piller orders
  • Defence to an action in agricultural liability
  • Defamation action
  • Recourses concerning financial products (such as mortgages, personal guarantee, credit applications)
  • Defence in alleged breach of distribution contract
  • Recourses on loan and sale contracts
  • Motion to exemplify foreign decision (exequatur)
  • Injunction following the violation of a non-competition provision