Member of the Quebec Bar since 2002
Languages: French, English
Richard practices mainly in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Class Actions, Securities Litigation, Defamation, and Employment Law. Since 2002, he pleads regularly before the courts of first instance and the Court of Appeal of Quebec, as well as arbitration tribunals. He also acts as strategic advisor to many of his clients.
He is recognized as a leading lawyer in many publications.
Represents a major consortium in public and private construction projects.
Represents institutions and individuals in matters related to defamation and media laws.
Represents Irving Group in the contestation of Anton Pillar proceedings.
Represents Vincent Chiara and Groupe Mach Inc. in defamation lawsuits.
In the context of the Castor Holdings litigation, he represents Chrysler Canada Inc. and CIBC Mellon Trust Company a $165 million lawsuit against Coopers & Lybrand and others in relation to auditors' professional liability.
Represents a major French corporation in defence of a class action.
Represents the biggest global provider of catering services for aircrafts and trains in the context of a complex commercial arbitration.
Represents several public corporations in the mining industry.
Represented Groupe TVA Inc., Serge Fortin, Pierre Bruneau, and Paul Larocque against Gesca Ltd., La Presse Ltd., Cyberpresse Inc., Patrick Lagacé, and Richard Therrien in a defamation lawsuit.
Represented individuals in public inquiries;
Represented Saputo Inc. and Lino Saputo Sr. in a multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit instituted against the Canadian media.
Represented Quebecor Inc., Quebecor Média Inc., Vidéotron ltée, and Pierre Karl Péladeau against the Société Radio-Canada, Sylvain Lafrance, and Robert Rabinovitch in a defamation lawsuit.
Represented Desjardins Securities Inc. against RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Caroline Lambert, and Geneviève Casavant where the Woods team secured a provisional injunction and an order of protection regarding a non-solicitation clause.
Represented several high level executives in the field of employment law.
Since 2016, Best Lawyers has recognised his expertise in corporate and commercial litigation, defamation and media law, product liability law and employment and labour law.
Since 2016, has also been recognized by Benchmark Canada as a Provincial Litigation Star in Commercial Litigation, Securities and Product Liability.
Named Lawyer of the year 2022 (Montreal) in Defamation and Media Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada
Recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in Corporate and Commercial Litigation (since 2019)
Recognized by The Legal 500 as Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution (2023).
2001 Université de Montréal, Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
1998 McGill University
Bachelor in Commerce (specialization in finance and international commerce)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
Member of the Liaison Committee with the Bureau de décision et de révision in relation to securities
Since 2012, McGill University, Faculty of Law, co-coach of the team participating at the Laskin Moot Competition
Member of the Fundraising Committee of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Canadian Bar Association
McGill University Management Alumni Association