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Title: lawyer, managing partner, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region Year of call: 2004

Expertise: insurance law  |  litigation

Jean-François Poirier has been part of our firm’s litigation team since 2004. He primarily represents and advises insurers, property owners, and small, medium, and large businesses before Québec’s various civil and administrative courts. In addition to his legal expertise, his M.B.A. serves him well, allowing him to better understand and focus on the issues facing his clients.

Jean-François frequently gives lectures and presentations in his areas of expertise. He is an accredited trainer with Institut d'assurance de dommages du Québec and has taught a course on legal research at Université de Sherbrooke. He is also a lecturer in the Economic and Administrative Sciences Department at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Insurance
  • Trade
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Professionals and Consultants

Assistant: Lise Lalancette


  • Insurance law (builders’ risk insurance, cyber risk , professional liability insurance, statutory examinations, obligation to defend, fraudulent claims)
  • Litigation (insurance, remedies of all types, civil liability)


  • M.B.A., Université du Québec à Montréal (2009)
  • LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke (2003)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Saguenay) (2003 to present)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • Chargé de cours au Département des sciences économiques et administratives de l'Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Instructor, "Legal researches", Université de Sherbrooke
  • Contributor, course "Rights and Freedoms" and "International adoption", Université de Sherbrooke
  • Various articles, particularly on insurance, in daily newspaper Le Quotidien
  • Talk and various professional development programs covering RRSP exigibility, the duties and obligations of various investment actors, law research, law practice outside the major cities, and recent developments in insurance coverage

Associations, committees, boards

  • Member of the Judiciary/Bar Civil Committee of the Court of Québec for Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Administrator, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Bar section
  • Chairman, board of directors, Centre l'Escale in Jonquière
  • Member, Saguenay Rotary Club (chairman 2011-2012)
  • Former member, Cercle Kaizen
  • Former vice chairman and treasurer, Saguenay/Lac-Saint-Jean Junior Bar Association
  • Former administrator and vice chairman, Caravane Films Productions, producer of the Regard sur le court métrage Film Festival


  • Certificate of Academic Excellence, Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Admission scholarship from the Université de Sherbrook Faculty of Law
  • Prix de la Magistrature of the district of Saint-François
  • Winner, Laskin cross-Canada competitive moot