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Julie Forest


Arbitration and Mediation / Construction Law / Labour and Employment Law / Litigation / Intellectual Property

Telephone : (514) 393-7628

Fax : (514) 878-1865

Email : jforest@rsslex.com


Julie Forest’s labour and employment experience is both rich and diversified. She mostly represents employers and executives under federal and Quebec jurisdiction, involved in communications high technology, construction, healthcare, engineering and finance. Her clients include businesses as well as municipalities, public and parapublic bodies and associations.

Having frequently acted for clients in the entertainment field, she has developed skills with labour and employment matters, but also with contractual aspects of production, especially those related to copyright.

Julie also has solid experience with all aspects of litigation, which paved the way to becoming an accredited mediator in civil, commercial and labour and employment law in 2015.

Representative Matters

Legal advisor to the Association des entrepreneurs en maçonnerie du Québec and to several other agents of the construction industry: general contractors, shuttering and electrical contractors, etc.

Advising on licences issued by the Régie du bâtiment, on authorizations to contract issued by the Autorité des marchés publics (previously by the Autorité des marchés financiers).

Advising on the Code de soumission of the Bureau des soumissions déposées du Québec and defending against charges under the Code.

Negotiating and drafting agreements and documents on human resources management for employers in the construction industry (employment contracts, employees’ manuals), and conducting training on these topics.

Lalonde c . Commission des relations du travail, 2015 QCCS 629 —  Representation of a municipality in connection with the dismissal of an officer with more than 30 years of seniority. The Superior Court dismissed the employee’s application for judicial review.

Advising and representing senior executives and officers, as well as professionals, in the finance, high technology, engineering and healthcare industries and in the public and parapublic sectors, both in the course of their employment and after termination

Negotiation of the first three collective agreements for the private theatre sector

Negotiation and drafting of various employment agreements as well as non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements

Advising and representing numerous municipal and paramunicipal employers, and small and medium-sized businesses in the communications, retail, restaurant and hotel industries for all questions related to labour and employment

Negotiating artists’ contracts under the Act Respecting the Professional Status and Conditions of Engagement of Performing, Recording and Film Artists

Negotiating and drafting software licensing agreements

Drafting co-production agreements

Drafting an agreement for the purchase of the rights on a well-known television production towards a stage production

Negotiating and drafting the agency agreement for a well-known singer

Negotiating and drafting a licensing agreement for the personality rights of a well-known artist on behalf of an agency, towards a large-scale advertising and promotional campaign

Advising and representing numerous producers of stage productions and sound recordings, show distributors, artists and creators, and talent, communications and advertising agencies, for all matters related to labour and employment, copyright, right to one’s image and privacy


Association des juristes pour l’avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA) (2000–)

Community Involvement

Centre culturel Georges-Vanier (nonprofit promoting the practice of arts by amateurs): Director (2017–2018)

Fondation Montréal inc. (non-profit assisting Montréal’s young business promoters): Coach providing tailored support, intellectual property/copyright and labour and employment law (2016–)

Centre de la petite enfance de l’Île-des-Sœurs: Director (2015–2018)


English, French


Graduate degree in management consulting, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), 2003

Certificate in Public Relations, University of Montréal, 1998

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law (LL.B.), University of Montréal, 1987

Call to Bar

Quebec, 1989