Emmanuelle Demers practices mainly in the commercial litigation field, class actions, civil law, public liberties and constitutional matters. Her practice involves contractual disputes, shareholders disputes, product liability and transnational litigation. She has also developed a special expertise in the field of sports doping.
Emmanuelle has gained considerable experience in international arbitration, both in investor-state and commercial contract disputes. She has acquired first-hand experience dealing with several cases governed by foreign law. Her experience covers a wide range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, retail and consumer goods, financial services, construction, insurance, energy, mining, health and pharmaceuticals, sports, and media.
Emmanuelle has acquired over 13 years of hands-on experience in complex litigation matters, both at trial and at the appellate level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Recently, she played a leading role in cases dealing with the defamation of public figures, infringement of the right to privacy, copyright infringement, breach of contract in the movie industry, administrative and internal inquiries, fraud and embezzlement matters, as well as cases raising issues of unauthorized practice of law, public law as well as judicial ethics.
She joined our Montreal office in 2015 after having worked for ten years at an international law firm. She then practised at a leading litigation boutique law firm. She has clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Morris J. Fish in 2003-2004. She was the gold medal recipient, both from the Faculty of Civil Law and the Faculty of Common Law.
In 2017, she completed Harvard Law School’s Advanced Negotiation Program as well as a Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers at McGill University. She has completed her MBA (HEC-McGill) in early 2019. Her Master’s final paper analyzes the impact of artificial intelligence on the delivery of legal services and the practice of law. She is involved in several ongoing projects related to the use of A.I. in the legal industry. She has a marked interest for the use of predictive analysis used in the legal field as well as ethical issues raised by the use of A.I.
She is a board member of the Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC) and of the Elektra Foundation. She has been a member of the organizing committee of the McCord Museum Annual Ball since 2015.
She is fluently bilingual and has studied Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, and Hebrew.
- Arbitror of Canadian disputes under the rules of the ICDR, ICDR arbitration (International Centre for Dispute Resolution - Canada) (2018)
- Accredited mediator in civil, commercial, and labour law (2016)
- Called to the Barreau du Québec (2006)
- LL.B., University of Ottawa, summa cum laude (2003) (gold medal)
- LL.L., University of Ottawa, summa cum laude (2002) (gold medal)
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts, McGill University (1999)
- McGill University, Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers (2017)
- Harvard Law School, Certificate: Advanced Negotiations Workshop (2017)
- Corporate Governance Training by the JCCM and CAS (2016)
- Harvard University Certificates: The Basics of Finance (2015) and Communicating with Influence – The Art of Persuasion (2015)
- People’s University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, Intensive program: Chinese Law (2001)
- Oxford University, Intensive program: International Sales Law, Legal History (2000)
- London School of Economics, Intensive program: The English Legal System (1999)
- Université de Strasbourg, Intensive programme: International Law and Human Rights Law (1998)
- Gold Medal of the University of Ottawa, civil law program (LL.L.)
- Gold Medal of the University of Ottawa, common law program (LL.B.)
- Plate of the University of Ottawa, for the highest ranking average during the civil law program
- John Aylen, c.r. prize, for the highest overall ranking in the joint program LL.L./LL.B.
- Right Honourable Brian Dickson prize, for the highest ranking during the last year of the joint program LL.L./LL.B.
- Francine Lefebvre-Landry prize, for the highest ranking during the second year of the civil law program
- Ogilvy Renault prize, for the highest average during the first three semesters of the civil law program (co-recipient)
- Embassy of France prize, for the highest average in: Contract Law I and II; Property Law and Family Law
- Goodman Phillips & Vineberg prize, for the highest average in: Contract Law I and II; Property Law and Commercial Law
- Desjardins Stein Monast Prize, for the highest average in: Contract Law I and II and Commercial Law
- Gérald A. Beaudouin prize: Constitutional Law II
- Mona and Marcel Beaudry prize: Law of Obligations I and II
- Gaston Descôteaux prize: Labour Law (co-recipient)
- Carswell prize: Civil and Commercial Evidence Law
- Bereskin and Parr Prize: Intellectual Property Law
- Scholarship of the University of Ottawa
- Dean’s List
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- Acted in defence in a class action dealing with an international price fixing conspiracy in the polyurethane foam industry;
- Acted for a telecommunications company in a class action dealing with allegedly abusive commercial practices;
- Acted for the defense in a $60B lawsuit involving the manufacturing of hazardous products;
- Acted for a timber-product manufacturer against a German equipment manufacturer (ICC arbitration);
- Acted against auditors in a $25M lawsuit involving false representations;
- Acted for a Canadian mining company and investors in a foreign investment dispute against the Republic of Kazakhstan (UNCITRAL);
- Acted for an aircraft manufacturer against the Government of Greece;
- Acted for public figures in a dispute relating to copyright and unfair competition matters;
- Acted for public figures in defamation cases;
- Acted on behalf of shareholders in a variety of disputes (claims for oppression, safeguard measures).
- Barreau du Québec (2006)
- Canadian Bar Association - Member of the Executive – Research and Knowledge Management
- International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL)
- International Bar Association
- Association of Québec Women in Finance (AFFQ)
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC);
- Member of the Board of Directors of Elektra (art and digital technology);
- Former member of the Board of Directors of the DESTA Foundation (Black Youth Network);
- Mentor to students of the Jean-de-Brébeuf College (2015-2017);
- Member of the organizing committee of the McCord Museum Ball (2015-2019);
- Member of the organizing committee of Babette’s Feast, a fundraising event for the Montreal Jewish General Hospital Foundation (Alzheimer’s research) (2014-2016);
- Member of the Comité des Jeunes mécènes de la Fondation de la Place des Arts (2013-2014);
- Rotating non-voting Chair, student tribunals, Concordia University.