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David Quesnel


Bar of Québec – 2006


David Quesnel focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation as well as on administrative and public law.

He has acts frequently in important litigation matters such as, or pertaining to, shareholder disputes, request for proposal processes, product liability and lawsuits against the Crown.

David Quesnel has also developed a specific expertise in exceptional remedies recourses. His services are frequently sought by his clients in the context of injunction proceedings, seizure before judgment and Anton Piller orders (civil search). He also acts as independent supervising lawyer named by the Court during the execution of such orders.

Mr. Quesnel is part of the firm’s conflicts committee. His advice is frequently sought by other major law firms facing disqualification applications, and he has over the years argued many such cases on behalf of different law firms.

Mr. Quesnel appears regularly before the Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Representative work

Intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in matters which led to a major jurisprudential shift by eliminating the need to quash the decision of a federal board prior to instituting a claim for damages against the federal government or a federal board for the loss resulting from the decision (Canada (A.G.) v. TeleZone Inc. and related files, 2010 SCC 62-67).

Approximately 100 Quebec and New Brunswick traditional snow crab fishermen in the context of several proceedings instituted before the Federal Court against the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In addition to proceedings claiming damages for the losses incurred as a result of DFO’s management of the fishery, these included judicial review proceedings against decisions taken by the Minister with respect to allotment of crab harvesting quotas.

An important security company in the context of its defense in a lawsuit of more than $15,000,000 concerning the explosion of a plant in the Eastern Townships.

Various bidders in the context of calls for tenders launched by public bodies. These litigations often necessitate the presentation of provisional injunctions to suspend the process launched by the Administration.

A seller in a litigation concerning the seizure before judgment of two Boeing aircrafts. The proceedings also involved important questions of private international law (Investissements Nolinor inc. c. Air Inuit Ltd., 2017 QCCS 3396).

The City of Saint-Eustache in an action instituted under the Municipal Powers Act against Carrière St-Eustache Ltd. In the context of motion for safeguard order, the Court ordered Carrière St-Eustache to pay a sum of nearly $3,000,000 to the city of St-Eustache (St-Eustache (Ville de) c. Carrière St-Eustache liée, 2011 QCCQ 7519).

Kruger Energy in an action launched by Éolectric Inc. to recover a bonus payment pertaining to the construction of a wind farm in Montérégie. Our client was successful before the Superior Court (Éolectric inc. c. Kruger, groupe Énergie, une division de Kruger inc., 2013 QCCS 3300) and the matter is currently under appeal (2015 QCCA 365). This decision is frequently cited by the Court of Appeal of Quebec on the standard of review applicable to the interpretation of a contract made by a first instance judge.

Transportation companies in proceedings against the City of Sainte-Catherine alleging the negligence of the service of the fire Department of the city in the context of an explosion that destroyed a major industrial building.

Majority shareholders in oppression proceedings involving a company that produces a web series known all around the globe.

Empire Life Insurance in a lawsuit over a breach of contract and defamation of the company by a former broker. Our client’s defence was successful Nantel c. Empire (L’), compagnie d’assurance-vie (2015 QCCS 518).

Conferences and publications

Co-presenter: “Les recours collectifs dans le domaine des valeurs mobilières,” Conference on Class Actions, Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Division, 2007.

Courses offered to graduate students at Polytequnique Montréal on the remedies available to contractors under construction contracts.

Conference: “Professional secrecy of the in-house counsel and other participants in the context of a litigation,” Heenan Blaikie, October 2013. 


LL.B., Université de Montréal, 2005 (with honours)

Awards and recognition

Professional associations

Barreau du Québec

Canadian Bar Association