François Bélanger

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Partner

François Bélanger is a partner and a member of the firm’s Litigation group. He also leads the Quebec office litigation team. He is a litigator in the areas of commercial, real estate, and construction law.

Mr. Bélanger’s practice focuses mainly on litigation and settling disputes. He specializes in construction and represents professionals, contractors and insurers. He regularly handles major cases with many complex technical challenges. Mr. Bélanger is particularly skilled at working with technical standards. He has developed considerable expertise in reviewing plans and estimates. He handles cases strategically and efficiently.

Mr. Bélanger also reviews and drafts commercial contracts and shareholders’ agreements. His clients also benefit from his fluency with financial data analysis. He is an expert in real estate law, particularly commercial leases.

Mr. Bélanger is proactive, which enables him to provide personalized service with a clear understanding of his clients’ needs.

Representative mandates

  • Represented Gestion F.D. Desharnais Inc. in a dispute concerning the urgent installation of a main pipe as part of major construction work.
  • Represented Pro-Métal Plus Inc. in a dispute concerning the adequacy of estimates for calls for tenders to construct a retaining structure for public use and for which the critical timelines relative to the construction site also had to be determined.  
  • Represents professionals responsible for overseeing construction sites in which structure loss occurred during construction or after completion.
  • Represents professionals and contractors to determine who will be held liable for damages to third parties occurring as a result of major construction work.
  • Represents work providers and contractors to determine if contract documents were respected and if work was carried out.
  • Represents clients in lengthy trials concerning a party’s right to terminate a contract.
  • Represents shareholders in complex disputes with other shareholders, which involve forensic accounting evidence and analysis of financial statements.

Publications

  • Bélanger, François. Vous voulez être payé… mais l’avez-vous demandé?? Journal Nouvelles Économiques. October 2018.
  • Bélanger, François, Marc-André Bouchard and Solveig Ménard-Castonguay. Se prévaloir du contrat de cautionnement à titre de fournisseur de matériaux ou de sous-traitant. Droit de savoir. September 2018.
  • Bélanger, François. La stipulation pour autrui dans un contrat de construction : la clé du recours contractuel du sous-traitant contre le maître d’ouvrage. Journal Nouvelles Économiques. October 2017.
  • Bélanger, François, and Charlotte Fortin. Le contrôle judiciaire d’une décision rendue par la Cour du Québec en matière civile : un recours inusité, mais possible dans certaines circonstances. Droit de savoir. February 2017.
  • Bélanger, François. Diagnostic : votre relation d’affaires tourne au vinaigre. Journal Nouvelles Économiques. March 2016.

Professional and community activities

  • Law professor, Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, 2015 to present
  • Member, Université Laval board of directors, 2010–2014
  • Member, Strategic office of Université Laval’s Faculty of medicine, 2010–2014
  • Chair, Université Laval alumni association (ADUL) board of directors, 2008–2010
  • Member, Université Laval alumni association (ADUL) board of directors, 2001–2010

Education

  • Member of the Barreau du Québec since 2001
  • LL.B., Université Laval, 1999

Boards and Professional Affiliations

  • Law Professor, Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy since 2015
  • Member, Board of directors of Université Laval, 2010-2014
  • Member, Strategic Office of the Université Laval Faculty of Medecine, 2010-2014
  • President, Board of Directors of the Université Laval Graduates Association (ADUL), 2008-2010
  • Member, Board of Directors of the Université Laval Graduates Association (ADUL), 2001-2010 
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