Mélanie Martel is a partner at the Montréal office where she practises litigation with a focus on Commercial Litigation,  Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring, Construction Law, Latent Defects, Class Actions, Sale Contracts, Lease Disputes and Professional Liability.

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 the president of the Montreal section of the International Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

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.

Examples of her Professional Experience :

  • Motions under the Companies’ Creditors’ Arrangement Act (CCAA)
  • Action for latent defects following the purchase of a new house
  • Claim for construction’s extra work
  • Anton Piller orders
  • Defence to an action in agricultural liability
  • Claim for damages following the acts of a debtor in a bankruptcy
  • 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
  • Petition for bankruptcy
  • Injunction following the violation of a non-competition provision

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.