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Three judges appointed to Superior Court of Justice in Quebec

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:42 AM | By John Chunn

The Department of Justice on June 27 announced the following judicial appointments for the province of Quebec:

Stéphane Lacoste, counsel at Teamsters Canada in Laval, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montréal. Justice Lacoste replaces Justice Lucie Fournier, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on June 11.

Patrick Buchholz, partner at Lavery in Montreal, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal. Justice Buchholz replaces Justice Benoît Moore, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on June 11.

Marie-Christine Hivon, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP in Montreal, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Montreal. Justice Hivon would fill the last remaining position allocated to the Superior Court further to Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1.

Justice Lacoste obtained his bachelor of laws degree from Université de Montréal in 1988. While he has devoted his career to labour and employment law, human rights, and privacy and protection of personal information, he has experience in all areas of the law. He practised law at Castiglio et Associés in Montreal until 1997. He then joined the legal team of a Quebec union and remained there until 2004, when he became general counsel for Teamsters Canada, a national union.

Justice Lacoste is bilingual. He has given many talks and published various articles dealing with different aspects of labour law, privacy and administrative law.

Highly involved in his profession, he has been president of the Quebec branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and chair of its Labour and Employment Section and its Legislation and Law Reform Committee. He is governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation.

Justice Lacoste is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In 2018, the Barreau du Québec awarded him the title of advocatus emeritus, which is awarded to members who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding career and impressive contribution to the legal profession.

Justice Buchholz received his bachelor of civil law degree from Université Laval in 1991 and his common law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1990. He also holds a BA in political science (Honours) from McGill University (1987).

Prior to his appointment, Justice Buchholz was a partner with the law firm of Lavery in Montreal, where he practised corporate and commercial law from 1996 to 2007, and again since February 2019. Called to the Quebec bar in 1992, he began with Lavery as a commercial and civil liability litigator and appeared before Quebec courts of all levels.

For just over a decade, Justice Buchholz was vice-president, legal affairs and corporate secretary at the daily news publication La Presse, where he was responsible for all of its legal and intellectual property matters.

He is co-author of two books on competition law: Loi sur la concurrence annotée (2000) and the Manuel de droit de la concurrence (2004).

Justice Buchholz is a member of the CBA, the American Bar Association and the International Literary and Artistic Association. He was a long-standing member of the board of governors of Champlain Regional College (1993-2007) and of the board of directors of l’Opéra de Montréal (2000-2014). Since 2009, he has been a board member of the Fondation La Mosaïque, a charity on the South Shore of Montreal.

Justice Hivon obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil law and common law from McGill University in 1996 and became a member of the Barreau du Québec and the New York State Bar Association in 1997. Until her appointment, she practised law at Norton Rose Fulbright, where she worked in litigation for almost 20 years. Before that, Justice Hivon spent three years as a litigator at Pepin Létourneau. She was principally active in civil and commercial litigation, construction law, professional liability, energy law, administrative law and contracts.

She has argued before all levels of the province’s common law courts, as well as before regulatory agencies and administrative tribunals in the energy sector across the country, specifically with respect to various issues involving natural gas and electricity.

Justice Hivon was involved with the CBA’s Quebec Branch for many years and was the branch’s president in 2017-18. At the time of her appointment, she was the outgoing chair of the Branch Executive Committee and chair of the Equality Committee. She has also worked with young lawyers in various capacities, including mentoring a number of young colleagues at her law firm and participating in the creation of the Young Lawyers Section of CBA-Quebec in 2018.