Michel Gagné is a partner in our Litigation Group in Montréal. His practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation, and more specifically on complex technical litigation.
Mr. Gagné specializes in defending class actions as well as in environmental litigation. More specifically, he defends manufacturers’ liability class actions related to pharmaceutical and consumer products. He has extensive experience in personal injury cases and in cases involving soil and groundwater contamination. He regularly pleads before the civil courts. His experience includes numerous proceedings for damages, injunctive relief and judicial review. He is skilled in statutory penal law and has pleaded before numerous administrative tribunals and arbitration boards.
He has had the opportunity to lead cases in various fields, including in the areas of technology and intellectual property, administrative and constitutional law, as well as expropriation. He has managed contractual and unfair competition disputes. His experience includes lawsuits with respect to manufacturers’ liability and matters related to the Consumer Protection Act. He also has extensive experience in health law, professional liability and disciplinary law.
Mr. Gagné regularly provides advice and guidance to clients in the context of potential litigation to minimize their risk of liability. Many clients seek his experience and judgment to obtain strategic advice.
Mr. Gagné also regularly gives lectures, including for the Quebec Bar’s continuing education department, the Canadian Bar Association, Insight and the Canadian Institute. Mr. Gagné has taught trial advocacy skills at the Quebec Bar School. He is a past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association’s Québec Branch and a member of the Defense Research Institute, an American organization.
Mr. Gagné has co-authored numerous articles, including the following: "La preuve dans un contexte électronique," 2001; "L’incidence de la condition personnelle préexistante de la victime sur l’évaluation des dommages : l’importance du lien causal," 2003; "Recours pour troubles de voisinage : les véritables enjeux," 2004; "Les recours collectifs et l'environnement : que nous réserve la prochaine décennie ?," 2005; "La preuve à l'étape de l'autorisation d'un recours collectif : à la recherche de l'équilibre," 2006; "Développements sans précédent en 2006-2007 dans le domaine des recours collectifs en matière environnementale," 2007; "Le droit à un environnement sain et respectueux de la biodiversité : valeur symbolique ou effet concret ?," 2009; and "Les décisions des tribunaux qui ont attiré l'attention en 2013-2015" in Développements récents en droit de l’environnement, 2015; "L’importance de la formulation des questions communes pour une saine prévisibilité de ce qui sera débattu au mérite de l’action collective", in "Colloque National sur l’action collective - développements récents au Québec, au Canada et aux États-Unis", 2022.
Mr. Gagné received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval in 1987.
Awards & Rankings
Leading Lawyer: Litigation - Products Liability
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Leading Lawyer: Class Actions; Litigation - Corporate Commercial
Benchmark Litigation Canada
LMG Life Sciences Awards
Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year
LMG Life Sciences
Star: Product Liability
Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences
Leading Lawyer: Product Liability
Best Lawyers in Canada
Leading Lawyer in the area of Environmental Law