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Laurence Ste-Marie


Member of the Quebec Bar since 2013
Member of the Ontario Bar since 2011
Member of the Paris Bar since 2015

Languages: French, English

Laurence is a versatile lawyer who develops a diversified practice in civil and commercial litigation as well as in international arbitration. Over the last years, she acted in matters in various industries and fields of law, including cases related to financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, engineering, construction, renewable energies, defamation and professional liability.

She has appeared before all levels of Quebec courts and has experience in both international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. She has been involved in proceedings governed by the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules and applying different laws, from both the civil law and common law traditions.

Prior to joining Woods, Laurence served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Marie Deschamps. She next trained and practiced in the Montreal litigation department of a national firm before moving to Paris and working at a leading international arbitration boutique.

A member of the Quebec, Ontario and the Paris bars, she holds a civil law degree from the Université de Montréal and a Juris Doctor from the Osgoode Hall Law School. She also received a degree in international relations and international law from the Université du Québec à Montréal. 


Canadian Bar Association
Young Bar of Montreal


2010 York University, Osgoode Hall Law School
Juris Doctor (J.D.)

2009 Université de Montréal, Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Law (LL.B.)

2006  Université du Québec à Montréal, Faculty of Political Science and Law
Bachelor in International Relations and International Law (B.A.)


2010   Osgoode Hall Law School, Maritime Booker Prize (highest standing in Legal Ethics)

2006-2009   Law Faculty of Université de Montréal, Roll of Honour

2008   Law Faculty of Université de Montréal, Robic Prize (highest standing in Intellectual Property)

2006   Charles-Rousseau moot competition (International Public Law), best team prize and individual prize