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Smart & Biggar adds two associates to Montreal office

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 2:32 PM | By John Chunn

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh announced that Julie E. Larouche and Marie Christine Bernier have joined the firm as associates in Montreal.  

“Our practice in Montreal continues to grow in response to the expanding needs of our clients. With the addition of Julie and Marie Christine we reinforce the strength of our litigation team through their proven expertise, technical skill, and business insight,” Francois Guay, managing partner, said in a press release.

Larouche joins the firm with an established track record practising civil and commercial litigation representing clients involved in complex commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Smart & Biggar, she acted as an in-house counsel for a large international aerospace company where she advised the company’s senior management on various legal and business issues and managed lawsuits and claims.

She has significant experience preparing for lengthy trials and hearings, drafting court materials, preparing witnesses for examination and cross-examination, preparing and responding to discovery requests and working with experts in highly technical industries. She has appeared for clients before the provincial courts and in arbitration proceedings.

Bernier has been hired back following her articles with the firm and her call to the Quebec bar.

Focusing on intellectual property litigation in the areas of trademarks, patents and copyright, Bernier is involved in all steps of litigation, including collecting evidence and drafting written submissions to the Federal Court.

Her trademark practice focuses on counselling throughout the trademark lifecycle and she regularly performs trademark clearance searches and provides availability opinions, prepares and files trademark applications and prosecutes trademark applications before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

In addition to her legal qualifications, she also holds an MBA which provides her with a strong foundation in strategic business issues.