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David Paradis

Telephone : (514) 393-7685

Fax : (514) 878-1865

Email : dparadis@rsslex.com

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David Paradis is an associate in our Labour and Employment Group. He has a hybrid practice in civil litigation and labour law.

His practice focuses on labour and employment relations, both individual and collective, regarding termination, employment agreement negotiation, restrictive covenants and grievance arbitration matters. He also has a civil and commercial litigation practice, consisting of disputes on liability, defamation, injunctions and business law matters. He appears before the Superior Court, the Court of Appeal and administrative tribunals.

Representative Matters

Labour and Employment Law

Defence of an educational institution against the severance claim for two years’ salary of a teacher terminated for false declarations on his health condition and confronted with a surveillance report. Meunier c. Collège Laval, 2019 QCCS 2791.

Representation of SMB, NFPC and senior and intermediate managers in complaints for termination without just and sufficient cause, forbidden practices and psychological harassment.

Defence of a couple of senior managers forced to resign by their former employer who then sued them for alleged violations of restrictive covenants.

Civil Liability

Defence against the claim of $1.9M of a shipyard operator for the correction of repairs on a ship performed according to a faulty design. Verreault Navigation inc. v. Continental Casualty Company, 2014 QCCS 2879, 2016 QCCA 135.

Defence of an international manufacturer of roof shingles against product liability claims.

Defamation — Protection of Reputation

Defending the mayor, a municipal councillor and the City of Westmount against a $300K defamation claim by a citizen. Claim summarily dismissed against the mayor and the City. Klepper v. Lulham, 2016 QCCS 5579, 2017 QCCA 2069.

Business Law

Defending a company against a $1.14M claim for a finder’s fee following the sale of its shares. Kazandjian c. Burger King Restaurants of Canada Inc. (Redberry Franchising Corp.), 2019 QCCS 1059.

Representation of members of a family who sold the shares of the company they had built over decades, to recover the balance of the sale price of nearly $1M from the buyer who failed to pay without valid reasons.

Representation of a company to recover the moneys wrongfully diverted in a corporate shell by its former president and a former vice-president of an European subsidiary.

Representation of national and cross-university student associations in disputes pertaining to federation and the Act respecting the accreditation and financing of students’ associations.

Injunction

Injunction and safeguard order to enforce the duty of loyalty of a broker who resigned shortly before joining a competitor while misappropriating confidential information of his former employer.

Defence of higher education institutions against injunction requests in their admission and management process. Iulian c. Castonguay, 2017 QCCS 33.

Real Estate

Representation of a landlord to recover the unpaid rents according to a commercial lease. Hotel Ruby Foo’s inc. c. 9149-0417 Québec inc., 2017 QCCQ 658.

Honours

Member of the winning team, Pierre-Basile-Migneault Moot Court Competition, 2013

Recipient of a scholarship from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC)

Publications and Conferences

“Un aperçu des dernières modifications au Code canadien du travail” (with Philippe-André Tessier), online: (2015) 97 VigieRT, <https://www.portailrh.org/VigieRT/fiche.aspx?p=608315>

“Gouvernance des OBNL : quand l’employé se prend pour le patron” (with Philippe-André Tessier), online: (2015) 94 VigieRT, <https://www.portailrh.org/VigieRT/fiche.aspx?p=602598>

Performance et motivation au travail: une dynamique cyclique?, thesis for the Master of Psychology, Université de Montréal, August 2013, online: <hdl.handle.net/1866/9970>

Community Involvement

Prior to joining RSS, David was president of the Fédération étudiante du Québec (FEUQ) in 2008–2009.

In this capacity, he was the official spokesperson for some 125,000 university students, undergrads and graduate students alike, from all over Quebec. He was in charge of representing them before the governments of Quebec and Canada, national media, social actors, unions and employer associations, to promote their interests.

Previously, from 2007 to 2008, he had been coordinator in charge of university research for the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l’Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM).

David was then the spokesperson for 33,000 students, in charge of relations with the principal, senior administrators and councils of the Université de Montréal regarding intellectual property, health and safety issues and financing research-funding organizations.

Languages

English, French

Education

Bachelors in Civil Law and Common Law, McGill University, 2014

Master of Labour and Organizations Psychology, Université de Montréal, 2013

Call to Bar

Quebec, 2014