Member of the Quebec Bar since 1999
Languages: French, English
A prominent litigator in Quebec, Patrick Ouellet is renowned for his expertise and experience in large-scale litigation and dispute resolution in a variety of industries. He has a reputation for achieving concrete and favourable results before Quebec trial and appeal courts, administrative and arbitration tribunals, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Patrick is active in commercial, civil and corporate litigation. He has extensive expertise in Securities, Telecommunications, Class Actions, Construction, Directors & Officers Liability and Shareholder Disputes, in which he leads several significant cases.
In two decades of practice, Patrick has joined the distinguished group of leading litigators in Quebec and Canada. He is consistently recognized as a leader by Lexpert, Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in Canada, all of which conduct extensive peer and, in some instances, client surveys. In 2021, he became the first lawyer in Quebec to be named Canada’s Trial Lawyer of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation Awards. He is among the top 50 litigators in Canada according to Benchmark Litigation and among the 500 leading lawyers in Canada across all practices according to Lexpert. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and of the Litigation Counsel of America, both prestigious organizations which bring together the best litigators in the United States and Canada.
Partner at Woods since 2006, Patrick has taught evidence law at the Quebec Bar School. He was a lecturer in law at McGill University and the Université de Sherbrooke. He is also a sought-after speaker and author.
Acted successfully for Air India against recognition and enforcement proceedings related to approximately US$111M arbitral award rendered against the Republic of India pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty between the latter and Devas, in Air India ltd v. CC/Devas (Mauritius) ltd & al., 2022 QCCA 1264
Obtained dismissal, after a 37-day trial, of a $14 million claim by the plaintiff, The Canada Life Assurance Company, against our client in connection with alleged misrepresentations to induce participation in an overly complex credit insurance plan reinsured by a captive insurance company in Barbados, in Canada Life Assurance Company v. Protection VAG inc., 2021 QCCS 3725
Acted for Videotron in defence of an application for judicial review filed by TELUS and Bell before the Federal Court challenging Videotron Ltd.’s eligibility of $830M worth of spectrum licences awarded to Videotron following a spectrum auction held by the Minister of Industry, in Telus Communications Inc. v. Vidéotron Ltée, 2021 CF 1127
Obtained a judgment on appeal upholding the Superior Court decision in favour of our client, the National Bank of Canada, which clarified the nature of wire transfers in Quebec law, in Compagnie d'assurances générales Co-Operators v. Coop fédérée, 2019 QCCA 1678. This judgment was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada, in 2020 SCC 41.
Securing awards in damages in excess of $82M in capital against a satellite television broadcaster for having neglected to act to eradicate the piracy of its television signals, in Vidéotron s.e.n.c. v. Bell ExpressVu LP, 2015 QCCA 422.
Securing an important award in damages in our client’s favour, from the Court of Appeal, following misrepresentations in the course of the sale of a company, in Soft Informatique Inc. v. Gérard Bluteau Inc., 2014 QCCA 2330.
Securing the issuance of a provisional injunction, a safeguard order and obtaining a final judgment from the Régie de l’énergie (Quebec Energy Board), to prevent the dismissal of a bid for illegal reasons as part of a program for the purchase of electricity produced by cogeneration from residual forest biomass, in Domtar v. Hydro-Quebec, file R-3820-2012, decisions D-2012-162 and D-2013-058.
Successful contestation of a claim in professional liability against engineers having conceived hydraulic works, in Rendez-vous à la rivière pour l’an 2000 v. GENIVAR inc., 2011 QCSC 7215; J.E. 2012-220.
Securing substantial awards in damages against a Quebec public body, acting as administrator of pension plans, in favour of 39 retired plaintiffs following the transmission of misleading information, in Myette v. Carra, J.E. 2005-57;  R.R.A. 1109; 2010 QCSC 727; 2010 QCCS 2797.
Successful contestation of a claim for judicial review and reinstatement in the hospital and university fields, in Khalifé v. Centre Universitaire de Santé McGill, 2010 QCSC 5386.
Granting and execution of a provisional Anton Piller type order following fraud in the broadcasting field, 755-17-001234-106 (S.C.).
Obtained a judgment on appeal confirming the dismissal of an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action against our client, Videotron s.e.n.c., in which the plaintiff contested the absence of notification after the end of a promotional period resulting in billing at the regular price, in Benabu v. Bell Canada et al., 2019 QCCA 2174.
Obtained the dismissal of an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action aimed at obtaining compensations in regards to rebates that were presented by the Plaintiffs as disguised fees in mobile monthly plans and compensations in regards to imposed fees to unlock cell-phones, in Marie-Kim Harvey & al. v. Vidéotron G.P. & al.,2019 QCCS 2994. The decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal (2021 QCCA 1183).
Acted as Barrister for the Plaintiffs in the first ever Franchisee-Franchisor Class Action authorized in the province of Quebec, in Sopropharm v. Groupe Jean-Coutu (PJC) inc., 2018 QCCS 4907.
Successfully challenging the Authorization to Institute a Class Action brought against our client, Videotron, alleging false representations with respect to the sale and offer for sale of additional warranties to consumers, in Cantin v. Ameublements Tanguay Inc. et al., 2016 QCCS 4546.
Successfully challenging the authorization to institute a class action brought against an engineering firm by a group of citizens to compensate delays in the construction of an overpass, in Oubliés du viaduc de la Montée Monette v. Consultants SM Inc et al., 2015 QCCS 3308.
Successful contestation of a class action, on the merits, against a retailer in the field of movie rentals, in Buonamici v. Blockbuster Canada Co.  R.J.Q. 776 (C.A.); AZ-50271216 (S.C.).
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
- Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
- Named Trial Lawyer of the Year in Canada by Benchmark Litigation in 2021
- Named Litigator of the Year in Quebec by Benchmark Litigation in 2016 and 2018
- Named Lawyer of the year 2021 (Montreal) in Corporate and Commercial Litigation by The Best Lawyers in Canada
- Named Lawyer of the year 2022 (Montreal) in Appellate Practice by The Best Lawyers in Canada
- Named Lawyer of the year since 2022 (Montreal) in Bet-the-Company Litigation by The Best Lawyers in Canada
- Named Lawyer of the year 2023 (Montreal) in Class Action Litigation by The Best Lawyers in Canada
- Inducted into The Legal 500's Hall of Fame in the 2023 edition
Annually recognized by:
- Benchmark Litigation Canada as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada since 2017 and as Litigation Star
- The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in the fields of corporate and commercial litigation, appellate practice, Bet-The-Company Litigation, director and officer liability practice, class actions and construction law
- Chambers Canada in Litigation: General Commercial (Quebec) – Band 2, describing him as: “absolutely brilliant in court and brilliant in strategy…he has that edge that makes a difference." (2020), "he is very impressive", "he is a brilliant advocate in the courtroom and very level-headed." (2021), "Patrick is seen as a leading litigator in Quebec. His reputation is solid and he has a lot of court experience. He is methodical, articulate and well prepared." (2022), "Patrick Ouellet is a great lawyer - he is very smart, strategic, hard-working and reliable." (2023).
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2014 ranked in 2019: Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Class Actions, Litigation – Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Litigation – Securities, Professional Liability
- Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers
- Lexpert® ROB/Special Edition Litigation
- Lexpert® American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
- The Legal 500 Canada - Leading individual. Commentators describe him as an “outstanding litigator.”
2004 Quebec Bar
Intensive Seminar: Techniques of Trial Advocacy (Université de Sherbrooke)
1998 Université de Sherbrooke, Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.
Mention of Excellence - graduated in the top 10 percentile
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
- Since 2016: Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation
- 2010-2015: Bar School, teacher, Evidence in Civil Cases
- 2004: Lecturer at McGill University, Faculty of Law, Civil Litigation Workshop
- 2002-2013: Lecturer at McGill University, Faculty of Engineering, Law for Architects and Engineers
- 1997-1998: Lecturer at l'Université de Sherbrooke, Faculty of Law, Human Rights Law
- The Advocates' Society
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
"Consumer Class Actions – Impact of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Richard v. Time," Patrick Ouellet, Colloque national sur l’action collective, Barreau du Québec, Montreal, 2018;
"La limitation des dommages-intérêts dans le cadre d’un recours statuaire selon les articles 225.2 et suivants de la Loi sur les valeurs mobilières – fiction ou réalité?" Patrick Ouellet et Éloïse Noiseux, Développements récents en litige de valeurs mobilières, Barreau du Québec, Montreal, 2017;
Réclamations pour les cas de retards de chantiers : le recours collectif de la Montée Monette, Patrick Ouellet, Super conférence sur la construction, L'institut Canadien, Montreal, 2015.
La responsabilité des administrateurs et des dirigeants d’entreprises en matière de fusion et d’acquisition, Patrick Ouellet, Federated Press Conference, 3rd Lecture on Liability of Directors and Officers, Montreal, 2012.
De certaines particularités des recours entrepris suite à des propos diffamatoires tenus à l’encontre de personnalités publiques, Patrick Ouellet, Les Éditions Yvon Blais Symposium, Libel and Freedom of Expression, Montreal, 2008.
L'infraction réglementaire du courtier en valeurs mobilières peut-elle être synonyme de responsabilité civile?, Patrick Ouellet, Insight Conference on Regulation of Brokers and Managers in Securities, Montreal, 2006.
"The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Laflamme v. Prudential – Bache Commodities Canada Ltd.," Patrick Ouellet, vol VIII, no 1, Corporate Litigation, Federated Press, 2005.
Les recours collectifs à défendeurs multiples : étude de droit comparé, Patrick Ouellet, Insight Conference on Class Actions, Montreal, 2005.