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Young Bar of Montreal hands out awards

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 11:12 AM | By Carolyn Gruske


Seven lawyers were honoured at the 11th annual Young Bar of Montreal “Leaders of Tomorrow” gala for their excellent records, their social involvement and their personal and professional achievement.

Kadiatou Sow of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP won in the corporate law category. She specializes mainly in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations of private companies, venture capital, equity financing and joint ventures. Sow has a strong understanding of African markets and maintains a large network in the region.

Sara Gauthier who works at the Department of Justice Canada, took home the award in the government category. A litigator for the Attorney General of Canada, she specializes in administrative law, constitutional law and civil litigation.

Isabelle Duval of Lavery, de Billy took home the award in the family law category. A member of the firm’s family, personal and estate group, she practises all aspects of family law including divorce, separation, relocation, child custody and spousal support. 

Leslie Ning, executive director of the Mile End Legal Clinic, won in the alternative career category. In addition to acting as a lawyer at the clinic, she is responsible for recruiting and overseeing law students, volunteer lawyers, managing the clinic’s finances and developing access to justice initiatives. 

Sonia Labranche of Dannet J-Robert, Avocats was named the recipient of the pro bono/community involvement category. President of Quebec Lawyers Abroad, she previously worked with an NGO to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

Jean-Michel Boudreau of IMK Advocates was given the civil and commercial litigation award. He practises commercial litigation with a focus on class actions, information technology, product liability and securities litigation.

Nicholas St-Jacques of Desrosiers Joncas Nouraie Massicotte was named winner in the criminal law category. He has appeared before the Supreme Court seven times, including four times as senior counsel, and is vice-president and treasurer of Innocence Quebec.