Title : Lawyer, partner Year of call : 2015

Expertise : litigation | insurance law | construction law

Charles Guay joined Cain Lamarre's Sherbrooke team in 2015. He practices primarily in the areas of civil liability, insurance law, construction law, and business law. He has earned a reputation for upholding rigorous standards of professionalism and having a pragmatic, personalized approach focused on prevention and dispute settlement. Charles completed his law degree at Université de Sherbrooke, where he taught legal research and served as an administrative and labor law research assistant. Intent on leaving a tangible mark on his alma mater, he also organized a benefit that raised a substantial sum to modernize the Université de Sherbrooke law library. His fields of specialization include: Insurance Trade Construction Real Estate

Assistant: Johanne Boutet


  • Litigation (insurance, construction, disciplinary, disciplinary, remedies of all types, civil liability)
  • Insurance law (builders’ risk insurance, directors and officers, fraudulent claims)
  • Construction Law


  • LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke (2014)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Sherbrooke) (2015 to present)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Commentary on Bill 75, An Act to improve justice accessibility and efficiency: main modifications to the Code of Civil Procedure, Repères (December 2020)

  • Commentary on Sacciadis v. Promutuel Vallée du St-Laurent - False declarations when declaring a claim: the obligation of the insured to give "the true story" and the means of proof Repères (September 2020)

  • Commentary on Maltais v. Attorney General of Quebec - Relative immunity under public law and state liability in neighborhood disturbances, Repères (July 2020)

  • Commentary on Bouanani v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada - A vehicle accident under nebulous circumstances: the reality of fraudulent insurance claims, Repères (May 2020)

  • Commentary on Cran-Québec II v. Mario Roy Excavations inc. - The contractor's guarantee against poor workmanship in the light of the obligation to inform the client, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais (March 2020)

  • Commentary on Jauvin v. Ski Bromont - The intensity of the accessory safety obligation and the causal link under study, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais (February 2020)

  • Conference on civil liability in collaboration with the Chambre de l'assurance de dommages (ChAD) - The various civil liability plans in Quebec (2020)

  • Conference on joint expertise in collaboration with the Chambre de l’assurance dommages - A puzzle for insurers and courts (2020)

  • Lecturer at the École du Barreau du Québec in obligation law and civil procedure (2019 to this day)

  • Chronicle - Joint expertise: situation after three years of case law, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais (August 2019)

  • Commentary on Maxant v. Ziegler - Common expertise and medical liability: spotlight on proportionality and access to justice, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais (July 2019)

  • Commentary on Webasto v. Transport TFI 6 - A first leading decision regarding joint expertise, Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais (April 2019)

  • Commentary on the Transport TFI 6, S.E.C. v. Espar Inc. judgment – “L'expertise commune, mais à quel prix?” (“Shared expertise, but at what price?”), in Repères, Éditions Yvon Blais (March 2019)

  • Lecturing on joint expertise in collaboration with the Barreau du Québec - Concept and jurisprudential trends (2018 to date)

  • Lecturer in Simulated Civil Trial,Université de Sherbrooke(2018 to date)
  • Municipal Jurisprudence Chronicle: Ensuring compliance with municipal regulations: a discretionary power of municipalities, Magazine Bâtivert, vol. 20, (Winter 2016)

  • Publication of various legal information columns in his local community newspaper

  • Research assistant, administrative law, for Professor Suzanne Comtois, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Teaching assistant, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Conference on fraudulent insurance claims accredited by the Chambre de l’assurance dommages (ChAD) - The processing of fraudulent claims - Columbo's tools!

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member of the Board of Direction for the Société québécoise d’information juridique (SOQUIJ)
  • Vice-chairman, board of directors, Association des diplômés en droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke (ADDUS)
  • Member of the Organisation committee for the «Meetings and Talks» of ADDUS
  • Member, board of directors, Caisse Desjardins du Lac-Memphrémagog
  • Observer member, board of directors, Memphrémagog Conservation Inc. (MCI), a non-profit whose mission is to protect Lac-Memphrémagog and its watershed


  • Winner, 2014 Desjardins Foundation award for volunteer involvement
  • Winner, 2014 Grondin Savarese scholarship for outstanding involvement and leadership in the law faculty while maintaining academic excellence
  • Team member Université de Sherbrooke for the Pierre-Basile-Mignault Moot Court Competition (2014)
  • Named to Dean’s List, Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke, for academic excellence (2014)
  • Award of excellence, legal writing, Les Éditions Yvon Blais (2012)
  • Awarded Université de Sherbrooke law faculty entrance scholarship for students with a life science concentration (2011)