December 9, 2019 — Charles E. Flam, Managing Partner of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, is pleased to announce that William Dion-Bernard, a member of our Estates, Wills and Trusts Practice Group, has been admitted to the partnership.
“With his background as a notary, William has brought a very precious addition to the scope of services that we can offer” said Mr. Flam. “Having him join the partnership cements the ties with a most appreciated colleague.”
December 9, 2019 — On Friday, December 6, in Montréal, the Quebec Bar was hosting its annual day of continuing education on recent developments in insurance law.
RSS was involved again this year: Katherine Delage was chairing the event, while Marcel-Olivier Nadeau spoke on presenting the evidence in arson cases.
The Bar duly highlighted the event.
November 22, 2019 — On November 14, Benoît Chartier, a partner with the firm and co-chair of our Insurance Litigation Practice Group, gave a presentation at the Montréal office of the world-leading insurance brokerage firm Marsh. The presentation, accredited by Quebec’s Chambre de l’assurance de dommages (ChAD), discussed the legal impact of the legalization of cannabis and edible by-products on the insurance industry in Quebec.
October 30, 2019 — Brigitte Garceau, from our Family Law Practice Group, has been admitted as Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
“IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries. The Academy was formed in 1986 […] to improve the practice of law and administration of justice in the area of divorce and family law throughout the world.” Membership is by invitation only: candidates must demonstrate their credentials and expertise to the Board of Admissions before being invited to join as Fellows.
October 25, 2019 — With almost a century of important presence on the Montreal and Quebec legal scenes, one of the core values of RSS has been service to our community. “Giving back” has been a refrain often heard through our corridors.
Almost every week throughout the years, members of the “RSS Family” have devoted their time, energy and resources to numerous charitable, healthcare, social and cultural organizations active in Montreal and Quebec. Many of our professionals have been amongst the leaders of our community and have occupied important positions in these organizations.
A recent example of an important role played by members of the RSS Family is that of our Partner Barry Shapiro. As one of the Trustees of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, Barry, along with Armand Kessous, wealth manager to long-time RSS client David Bloomfield, were able to guide and advise Mr. Bloomfield and his wife Rose with respect to a $1,000,000 gift that they decided to make to support the Transitional Care Program at the JGH.
The Program provides support to children ages 4–12 who have graduated from the child psychiatry day and evening hospital programs of the JGH. The program helps these children reintegrate back into the schools from which they were removed or expelled for behavioral issues generally arising from their family situations.
This is another example where members of the RSS Family have been able to make a difference in the world by influencing our clients to help others. Obviously, this is in addition to the responsibility that each of us has to try and make the world a better place and to “give back” to our community.
October 17, 2019 — The communication of legal information is of paramount importance for RSS. For instance, two partners from our Litigation Insurance team were taking part yesterday in a day’s training session hosted by the claims adjustment firm Cuirrier et Associés, that gathered some 70 claims adjusters, brokers, insurers’ representatives and other industry experts.
- Benoît Chartier discussed the impact of legalization of cannabis on the insurance industry in Quebec, a few hours before the coming into force, on this very day, October 17, of the rules allowing the sale in Canada of certain edible cannabis products;
- Stéphanie Beaudoin explained recent developments affecting participants in the construction industry as well as those involved in the related insurance business.
October 16, 2019 — The fourth edition of Éditions Yvon Blais’ seminar on Insurance Law will include presentations by two lawyers from RSS, who will be discussing recent cases. Justin Beeby will be speaking at the Montréal event on October 30, while Marcel-Olivier Nadeau will be part of the November 13 event in Québec.
Patrons for these events will be the Honourables Marie-Josée Hogue (Montréal) and Geneviève Cotnam (Québec), judges of the Court of Appeal of Quebec.
October 15, 2019 — Change of leadership for the firm: after a long tenure as Managing Partner of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, Charles E. Flam will be passing the baton to Andrew Penhale. For Andrew, this will be like returning home, since he practised with the firm from 2001 to 2010, after his 1997 call to the Bar. He subsequently was Head of the Claims Service of the Professional Liability Insurance Fund of the Barreau du Québec.
“This position matches my aspirations perfectly”, said Mr. Penhale. “I know the group, having been a partner with the firm, which allowed me to appreciate Mr. Flam’s leadership. It’s quite a challenge to follow in the footsteps of someone who led the firm for so many years; at least, I know I’m handed a first-rate team.”
“It would be tough to find a better candidate than Andrew to ensure the evolution of a firm that will be celebrating its centennial in 2021”, as Mr. Flam explained. “The management experience that he acquired with the Insurance Fund will be most valuable. Since he is coming back to a team in which he was an appreciated member, the future looks bright for RSS.”
The new Managing Partner will be officially in charge on January 1, 2020.
September 10, 2019 — Nutrition is undoubtedly one of the preoccupations of our time. For environmental or health reasons, consumers are increasingly inquisitive about the contents of their plate.
A forerunner in this trend, Marc-Olivier Brouillette is the spokesperson for the Montreal Vegan Festival 2019, which takes place on September 21 and 22 at the Palais des congrès.