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Miller Thomson expands Quebec labour group

Monday, December 04, 2017 @ 12:56 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

With the hiring of two partners and three associates, Miller Thomson LLP has doubled the size of the labour and employment group in its Montreal office.

Gary Rosen and Lawrence Witt are the new partners.

Witt is an experienced labour, employment and human rights law practitioner who acts on behalf of clients in labour and employment litigation matters before administrative tribunals and arbitration tribunals as well as first instance and appellate level courts. He has considerable expertise in electronic discovery and data preservation, the drafting and pleading of injunction applications seeking the enforcement of restrictive covenants, return of information and the preservation of evidence.

A labour and employment lawyer, Rosen typically handles discipline proceedings, as well as matters related to hiring and restructuring. He also serves clients with traditional labour law matters such as certifications, collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. Rosen is also an experienced commercial litigator.

The three new associates are Philippe Larochelle, Marjolaine Lessard-Jean and Silvia Ortan.

Lessard-Jean focuses on labour and employment law and supports clients ranging from family-owned and operated businesses to small and medium-sized businesses to major corporations in all sectors and industries. 

Larochelle’s practice is in the area of labour and commercial litigation. He represents employers, entrepreneurs and members of the construction and manufacturing industry, among others. 

Ortan specializes in commercial litigation and labour and employment law and contributes to the research, strategic development and preparation of major cases related to employment litigation, shareholder disputes, commercial litigation and grievance arbitration as well as files related to labour standards and occupational health and safety. 

“Changes in the labour and employment field in this country are constantly challenging businesses,” said Pierre Paquet, managing partner of Miller Thomson’s Montréal office.  

“Simply put, attracting and retaining talent, navigating employee rights and restrictive covenants, and ensuring the protection of intellectual property and know-how are increasingly complex and connected issues for business leaders. These important new additions to our team further strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our clients in the province and across the country.”