McCarthy Tétrault reinforces its projects expertise with transportation team led by partner David F. Blair

Québec City and Montréal, October 24, 2013 — McCarthy Tétrault is pleased to welcome new partner David F. Blair, and associates Pierre-Olivier Ménard Dumas, Anne-Marie Dupont and Joelle Briand-Diguer, to its Business Law Group in Québec City. The addition of these lawyers, whose practices are focused on transportation and other infrastructure, serves to bolster the firm's expanding national projects practice.

"We are delighted to welcome David and his team," said Kim Thomassin, Managing Partner, Québec Region. "Our clients may now rely on our strong transportation law expertise across Canada, in sync with our national infrastructure, mining, power and oil & gas services."

"David is a well-known and highly regarded lawyer," said Richard Balfour, national head of McCarthy Tétrault's Business Law Group. "We are proud to offer our clients his impressive portfolio as part of our full-service projects platform."

Mr. Blair has represented a wide variety of Canadian and U.S. rail, trucking, bus and mining companies. He has extensive experience in interprovincial and international transportation, safety standards regulation, carriers’ liability and NAFTA-related issues. He also appears regularly before administrative tribunals, agencies and the courts in regulatory, safety compliance and liability matters. His practice includes private M&A and retail sector transactions.

Mr. Ménard Dumas represents freight and passenger transport companies on a variety of issues, including the regulatory compliance of their operations, statutory penal law, transport contracts, PECVL files, claims related to loss of cargo and bus permits. He regularly appears before the Commission des transports du Québec and civil courts, and speaks regularly on industry best practices for owners and operators of heavy vehicles.

Ms. Dupont's experience includes advising rail and mining companies, including on aboriginal, development and environmental aspects of their projects. She also assists bus and truck transport companies with authorization requests and licence applications.

Ms. Briand-Diguer advises bus and truck transportation companies on various authorization or permit applications with the Commission des transports du Québec. She also assists in preparing files, drafting procedures and conducting legal research.

About McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault LLP provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. The firm has substantial presence in Canada’s major commercial centres and in London, UK.

Built on an integrated approach to the practice of law and delivery of innovative client services, the firm brings its legal talent, industry insight and practice experience to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.