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Charles E. Flam

Telephone : (514) 878-2631

Fax : (514) 878-1865

Email : ceflam@rsslex.com

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Charles E. Flam is the Managing Partner and CEO of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, and a member of our Litigation Group. He regularly appears before the courts of Quebec and Canada at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada, representing a multitude of Canadian, American and European clients.

Drawing from his extensive experience, he frequently acts as lead counsel and strategic advisor in litigation files, especially cases with international aspects raising questions on the applicable legislation, the jurisdiction of the courts and the enforcement of foreign decisions.

His main practice areas include commercial and civil litigation, shareholder disputes, and the liability of professionals and corporate directors and officers.

Representative Matters

Mr. Flam has been involved in a variety of complex, high-stakes and high-profile cases that have become milestones in the development of Quebec and Canadian law. His experience includes:

  • Morgentaler case — Defending Dr. Henry Morgentaler, accused of performing abortions, a leading case raising arguments based on constitutional law and on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Castor Holdings case — Representing some 15 European investors whose claims total over $300M (principal and interest), in a massive case arising from the professional liability of auditors
  • John C. Doyle — The withdrawal of criminal charges against John C. Doyle after a decision of the Supreme Court, a key step in a long judicial saga that redefined important parts of Canadian corporate law
  • Numerous disputes involving the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, including the decision of the Supreme Court on the constitutional validity of the Newfoundland Mining and Mineral Rights Tax Act
  • Defending Burger King Corporation against a claim for payment of a real estate brokerage commission
  • Defending a foreign bank against a cross-border claim for over $11M arising out of international consumer transactions involving credit cards and a plaintiff in the Caribbean
  • Representing shareholders of the Kruger paper company in a landmark oppression remedy case
  • Defending a dealer against a $22M cross-border claim caused by a sudden drop in the market price between the expected and effective delivery date of a shipment of oil

Honours

Litigation Counsel of America (LCA): in March 2011, Mr. Flam was the seventh Quebec lawyer, and only the 59th in Canada, to be nominated Fellow of the LCA. He was named Senior Fellow in 2018.

American Institute of Appellate Practice: in April 2013, he was nominated as the first Canadian member of the Institute

Best Lawyers in Canada: listed since 2008, appearing as leading practitioner for corporate and commercial litigation

Associations

Canadian Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Quebec Bar Foundation: Governor Emeritus

Trial Law Institute

Diversity Law Institute

Quebec Bar: former member of Disciplinary Committee

Montréal Bar: former member of Committee on the Illegal Practice of Law and Deliberations Committee

Publications and Conferences

Mr. Flam has been a frequent lecturer and guest speaker on various aspects of commercial litigation, especially cross-border issues

Community Involvement

Canadian Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem: Honorary Chairman

Languages

English, French

Education

Bachelor of Civil Law, First Class Honours, McGill University, 1966

Bachelor of Arts, McGill University, 1963

Call to Bar

Quebec, 1967