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Quebec Superior Court gets two new judges

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 2:41 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Two Quebec lawyers have been named as judges of the Superior Court of Quebec in the district of Montreal.

The new judges are David E. Platts, a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Jérôme Frappier, a partner at Frappier Crevier Trempe Avocats.

Justice Platts practised a mix of intellectual property, civil and commercial litigation, and professional liability and disciplinary law, before he specialized in the latter fields. He also served as an accounts arbitrator for the Quebec bar. Justice Platts has been a guest lecturer at McGill University and a speaker at various legal and medical conferences. He got his start clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada with Justice Peter deCarteret Cory.

Justice Platts held the title of McCarthy Tétrault’s chief inclusion officer, and from 2012 to 2017, he was president of GRIS-Montréal, an LGBT community organization that worked to demystify homosexuality and bisexuality in schools and seniors’ residences.

He replaces Justice Pierre-C. Gagnon, who chose to become a supernumerary judge effective Dec. 12, 2017.

Justice Frappier founded Gauthier & Frappier (now Frappier Crevier Trempe) in Sorel-Tracy instead of in a larger city, so that he could experience practising in a wide variety of areas, including civil, commercial, administrative, matrimonial, criminal and penal law. He is also an advocate of alternative dispute resolution.

Justice Frappier has served as chair of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s equality committee, whose mandate is to promote awareness of equality issues among members of the legal profession and to suggest ways to eliminate discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, language, age or disability.

He replaces Justice Michel Déziel, who chose to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 16, 2018.