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Five judicial appointments for Quebec

Thursday, September 06, 2018 @ 12:02 PM | By John Chunn


Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has promoted one judge and appointed four others in the province of Quebec.

On Aug. 31, Justice Stephen W. Hamilton, a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec in Montreal. He replaces Justice Yves-Marie Morissette, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Nov. 8, 2017.

Justice Hamilton was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal on Oct. 4, 2013. He has heard cases in all divisions of the court, from the Family Division to the Criminal Division, with an emphasis on commercial matters.

Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Justice Hamilton practised law with Martineau Walker (now Fasken) from 1987 to 1990 and with Stikeman Elliott from 1990 to 2013. His principal practice areas were commercial litigation, class actions, insolvency and competition law. Justice Hamilton was a member of Stikeman Elliott’s firm-wide Professional and Ethics Committee from 1996 to 2013 and co-chair from 2007 until his appointment to the bench. He was a sessional lecturer in civil procedure at the McGill Faculty of Law from 1992 to 2006, and in international arbitration at the Quebec Bar School in Montreal from 2010 to 2012.

Justice Hamilton received a bachelor of civil law and a bachelor of laws from McGill University in 1984 (gold medallist), and a masters level bachelor of civil Lalw from Oxford University in 1985. He was admitted to the Quebec bar in 1986 and the Ontario bar in 1988. He clerked for Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1986-1987.

Bernard Synnott, a partner at Fasken, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. He replaces Justice Michèle Monast, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective May 15, 2018.

Justice Synnott received a bachelor of law from the University of Ottawa in 1986 and was admitted to the Quebec bar in 1987. At the time of his appointment, Justice Synnott was a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau, where he practised primarily in the fields of civil litigation, administrative law and labour law.

Justice Synnott has been extensively involved with his law society, serving on numerous committees and chairing the complaints committee, the finance committee and the Council of the Barreau du Québec. He was also a member of the admissions committee. Justice Synnott held the position of Bâtonnier du Québec (2014-2015) after serving as Bâtonnier of Montreal (2004‑2005). At the time of his appointment, Justice Synnott was a member of the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

Éric Hardy, senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Quebec. He replaces Justice Suzanne Gagné, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal on Nov. 29, 2017.

Justice Hardy received his LL.B. from Université Laval in 1987. As a Commonwealth Scholar, he undertook master’s studies at the University of London (Queen Mary College), in England, where he obtained an LL.M. in 1989.

In 1990, Justice Hardy began his career as a lawyer with the Montreal law firm of Phillips & Vineberg (now Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg) in commercial litigation. In 1992, he joined Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in Quebec City, where he practised as a litigator until his appointment to the Superior Court.

Over the years, he has practised in many areas of law, including insurance law, civil and professional liability law, commercial and business law, and environmental law. He has argued cases before all levels of court in Quebec and before the Supreme Court of Canada. He served on the Quebec Bar Council, including three years as treasurer. He also served on the General Council of the Quebec bar, including the Strategic Planning Committee.

Nathalie Pelletier, a partner at Pelletier Martineau Avocats, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Montreal. She fills a new position authorized under Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1.

Justice Pelletier obtained her LL.B. from Laval, where she also earned a B.A. in political science and a college teaching certificate. She was called to the Quebec bar in 2003. Justice Pelletier began her practice at the firm of Geoffroy, Matte, Kelada. In 2008, she became a partner at the same firm, which had become MBDP Avocats, and in 2014 she became the sole shareholder of Pelletier Martineau Avocats.

Justice Pelletier has frequently appeared before the Court of Quebec and the Superior Court. She has worked primarily in criminal law, family law, insurance law and civil liability, giving her a broad range of legal experience.