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Melanie Martel

Melanie Martel


Mélanie Martel is head of the litigation group in the Montréal office, and practises Civil and Commercial Litigation with a focus on Liability, Contract Law,  Construction Law and Class Action.

Mélanie represents a broad range of local and international clients on an advice basis and represents clients before all levels of court and arbitration, in addition to assisting clients with preventing, avoiding and settling litigation.

She acts in actions related to the liability (personal, contractual, automobile, professional and public), insurance claims, environmental, directors’ liability, contractual liability, and regulatory matters. Mélanie taught Contract Law, including sales, leases, insurance, consumer protection and construction, at the University of Sherbrooke from 2008 to 2019. Since 2009, she has taught the law of Obligations (contracts, insurance, obligations, civil liability) and Drafting of Civil Proceedings at the Quebec Bar School. 

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.

She acts as director on the Board of the Société de Transport de Laval and is president of its Governance, Human resources and Ethics Committee. She is also active in the community, and currently serves on the Board of Myeloma Canada (for multiple myeloma cancer) and is president of its Governance Committee.

Examples of Professional Experience:

  • Action/Defense in alleged breach of sale, construction, distribution, lease and other contracts;
  • Action/Defense in liability cases (personal, contractual, public entity, professional);
  • Counsel to client about potential and actual liability cases;
  • Advice to determine the appropriate recourses following contractual defaults;
  • Negotiation, drafting and review of contracts;
  • Counselling on various types of contracts, to ensure respect of Quebec laws, norms and regulations and to avoid any potential litigation.
Bar admissionsQuebec, 2001
  • English
  • French
  • Techniques of Trial Advocacy, Intensive Seminar, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec Bar, 2006
  • LL.B. (with Honours), Université Laval, 1999
  • Common Law Exchange, University of Victoria, 1999

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Director on the board of Société de Transport de Laval and president of the  Governance, Ethics ‎and Human Resources Committee
  • Director on the board of Myelome Canada (multiple myeloma) and president of the Governance ‎Committee ‎