woods avocats | lawyers
RichardVachon

Richard
Vachon

Member of the Quebec Bar since 2002

Languages: French, English

Managing partner of the firm since 2015,  Richard practices mainly in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Class Actions, Securities Litigation, Defamation, and Employment Law. Since 2002, he pleads regularly before the courts of first instance and the Court of Appeal of Quebec, as well as arbitration tribunals. He also acts as strategic advisor to many of his clients.

He is recognized as a leading lawyer in many publications.

 

// REPRESENTATIVE MANDATES

Represents a major consortium in public and private construction projects.

Represents institutions and individuals in matters related to defamation and media laws;

Represents Irving Group in the contestation of Anton Pillar proceedings;

Represents Vincent Chiara and Groupe Mach Inc. in defamation lawsuits;

In the context of the Castor Holdings litigation, he represents Chrysler Canada Inc. and CIBC Mellon Trust Company a $165 million lawsuit against Coopers & Lybrand and others in relation to auditors' professional liability.

Represents a major French corporation in defence of a class action.

Represents the biggest global provider of catering services for aircrafts and trains in the context of a complex commercial arbitration.

Represents several public corporations in the mining industry.

Represented Groupe TVA Inc., Serge Fortin, Pierre Bruneau, and Paul Larocque against Gesca Ltd., La Presse Ltd., Cyberpresse Inc., Patrick Lagacé, and Richard Therrien in a defamation lawsuit.

Represented individuals in public inquiries;

Represented Saputo Inc. and Lino Saputo Sr. in a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit instituted against the Canadian media.

Represented Quebecor Inc., Quebecor Média Inc., Vidéotron ltée, and Pierre Karl Péladeau against the Société Radio-Canada, Sylvain Lafrance, and Robert Rabinovitch in a defamation lawsuit.

Represented Desjardins Securities Inc. against RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Caroline Lambert, and Geneviève Casavant where the Woods team secured a provisional injunction and an order of protection regarding a non-solicitation clause.

Represented several high level executives in the field of employment law.

// DISTINCTIONS

Since 2016, Best Lawyers has recognised his expertise in Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Labour and Employment Law. 

Since 2016, has also been recognized by Benchmark Canada as a Provincial Litigation Star in Commercial Litigation, Securities and Product Liability.

// PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Member of the Liaison Committee with the Bureau de décision et de révision in relation to securities

Since 2012, McGill University, Faculty of Law, co-coach of the team participating at the Laskin Moot Competition

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Member of the Fundraising Committee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

ASSOCIATIONS
Quebec Bar
Canadian Bar Association
McGill University Management Alumni Association

// EDUCATION

2001        Université de Montréal, Faculty of Law
Bachelor in Law (LL.B.)

1998        McGill University
Bachelor in Commerce (specialization in finance and international commerce)