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RENÉ
Gauthier

Title: lawyer, equity partner Year of call: 1980

Expertise: business law  |  real estate law

Firm partner René Gauthier has been practicing law for 37 years, mainly in commercial and real estate law, including drafting and negotiating business agreements. He has developed particular expertise in commercial and condo leases. Owners and managers of large commercial buildings regularly seek out his strategic counsel in complex matters. His clientele includes a public corporation; commercial building developers, entrepreneurs, owners, managers, and lessees; real estate brokers; and various stakeholders in the condominium market. He has also been called on as an expert in commercial leases by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

René is a regular speaker, including for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Informa Exibitions, Open Forum Ouverts Communications HS and other organizations. He also chaired the Québec Bar’s professional development committee, which is responsible for providing the Bar School with strategic direction. He teaches at the Bar School, an entity he has represented in several legal proceedings, and headed up one of the school’s missions to the Supreme Court of Vietnam.

His fields of specialization include:

  • Trade
  • Construction
  • Real Estate

Assistant: Josée Derépentigny

Expertise

  • Business law (commercial law, construction law, real estate law (sale, acquisition, and leasing))
  • Real estate law (construction law, condominium law, property law, leasing law, legal hypothecs, sales and acquisitions)

Education

  • LL.L., Université de Montréal (1979)

Professional experience

  • Cain Lamarre (Montreal) (2014 to present)
  • Gascon et associés (Montreal)
  • Jolicoeur Lacasse (Montreal)
  • Geoffrion Jetté (Montreal)
  • Godin Raymond Hudon Charest (Montreal)
  • Hemens Harris (Montreal)

Lecturing, conferences, publications

  • “Sous-location, dommages en cas de défaut et remise en état des lieux,” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2016)
  • “Petite révolution dans les condos – hôtels de Mont-Tremblant (?)” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2016)
  • “Clauses d’exclusivité et de non-concurrence,” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2015)
  • “Bonne foi, les tribunaux de plus en plus exigeants?” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2015)
  • “Résiliation d’un bail et obligation de mitiger les dommages,” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2014)
  • “Les appels d’offres : quelques notions,” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2014)
  • “Clauses pénales, cautionnement et responsabilité personnelle des administrateurs : l’affaire Plaza Bellehumeur,” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2014)
  • “Les hypothèques légales (et surtout, le « privilège » de la construction),” article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2014)
  • “Les garanties dans les baux commerciaux”, article published in the magazine Espace Montréal (2013)
  • Drafting of teaching material on leasing, Collection de droit de l'École du Barreau, and on legal writing, Collection des habiletés de l'École du Barreau
  • Drafting of various articles in real estate and condo law in trade magazines
  • Lecturer, civil procedure, Université de Montréal Faculty of Law
  • Lecturer, École du Barreau de Montréal
  • Presentations to various organizations, including the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and the Canadian Institute
  • Presentations on condominiums to the Québec Bar’s ongoing professional development program and to groups of Court of Québec judges
  • Presentations on commercial leases and lessee/lessor relations given to MBA students as part of the legal component of the program (specialization in real estate), Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Talk on real estate law at a workshop of the 2009 Québec Bar Convention

Associations, committees, boards

  • Former chair, professional development committee, Quebec Bar
  • Former member, Quebec Bar subcommittee reviewing civil procedure with regard to the compulsory execution of judgments (seizures)
  • Member, Urban Development Institute of Quebec
  • Member, Building Owners and Managers Association