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Melançon Marceau Grenier et Sciortino

Employment

4 ranked lawyersBand 1QuébecCanada 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded team of employment and labour law specialists based in Montréal. Often cited as one of the best union-side firms in Québec, it operates a wide-ranging practice and offers counsel on matters such as union certification, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, labour relations and class action lawsuits. Clients include trade unions, professional and artists' associations as well as non-unionised employees from both the public and private sectors. Also provides expert advice on workplace health and safety, pension plans, pay equity issues and duty of fair representation.

Strengths

The firm is distinguished by sources as "a key player on the union side. We see them everywhere all the time in both the public and private sectors."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner of the firm Claude Melançon boasts a lengthy track record of representing trade unions and employees in both the public and private sectors in collective agreement negotiations and grievance arbitrations. He has also recently acted on international labour law and co-operation agreements. Sources appreciate: "He's a big name and has been for years."

Michael Cohen is widely esteemed as a market leader in collective negotiations, judicial review and grievance arbitrations. He is particularly skilled in acting before industrial labour relations boards and administrative tribunals. Sources variously refer to him as "fantastic," as well as"very smooth and very effective."

Pierre Grenier is well respected as a union-side labour litigator. He possesses notable experience acting before both courts and administrative tribunals on grievance arbitrations and judicial review matters. He is also identified by market commentators as being especially prolific in representing university unions.

Sibel Ataogul is well respected as a "tough opponent"who, according to sources, is "doing a very good job on very complex cases." With a solid presence across labour law and human rights law, she is well versed in grievance arbitrations, constitutional challenges to regulation and occupational health and safety. She regularly appears before administrative tribunals and civil courts, including the Supreme Court.

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Québec

Employment & Labour: Labour for Unions


Claude G. Melançon
Senior Statespeople
Michael Cohen
Band 1
Pierre Grenier
Band 2
Sibel Ataogul
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