Admission to the bar
LL.B, Université de Montréal, 2012
Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and International Law, 2009
Ecologically minded, Catherine gets around town mostly by bike. Approaching law astutely and conscientiously, Catherine is diligent about her clients’ concerns and is quick to put her finger on the issues at hand both from a legal and practical standpoint. She gets to the heart of the matter, identifying solutions for every aspect meticulously, analytically and critically.
Prior to studying law, Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and international law. After completing her bar internship with Monette Barakett, she joined their legal team in 2013. She is a long-standing member of the firm’s health law bulletin committee as well as its charitable works committee which raises funds for different organizations selected annually. In the spirit of keeping up good team relations, Catherine also helps organize the firm’s various social events.
Catherine’s practice is varied, but she specializes primarily in health and social services law, access to information law, labour law, and civil litigation.
Catherine regularly pleads cases involving medical and institutional care ordinances before the tribunals but also supports the firm’s new lawyers in the development of their practice in these domains. She advises health and social service institutions on matters relating to governance, service delivery and service user relations, complaint and risk management, disciplinary processes involving physicians, dentists, pharmacists and midwives as well as matters pertaining to the management of intermediary and family-type resources.
In matters of labour law, primarily as they relate to collective labour relations, Catherine drafts legal opinions and oversees preparations for litigious cases. Complex legal questions bring out her very best, particularly those relating to constitutional and charter rights.
Lastly, in a variety of matters falling within the domain of civil law, Catherine drafts proceedings and makes representations before the courts. Part of her practice notably involves questions of construction law. For instance, one of her previous mandates pertained to outsourcing where she was involved in making substantial revisions to contracts of all kinds within the context of a client’s civil litigation.
Co-author of a chapter on the role of the minister and the responsibilities falling on the minister and integrated health centres following the abolition of health agencies
in Droits et politiques de la santé, under the supervision of Mélanie Bourassa Forcier and Anne-Marie Savard, 2nd edition, 2018, Lexis Nexis Canada (to be released).
Co-author of the Droit de la santé (BDS)
law bulletin published by Éditions Yvon Blais
Monette Barakett’s lead on current issues in health law and legislation
Employer obligations towards employees in the context of violent clients – September 14, 2017
State of the law regarding medical and institutional care authorization, in collaboration with lawyer Alice Monet – March 8, 2016
Distinguishing incivility from psychological harassment, in collaboration with lawyer Éric Séguin – October 18, 2017
Achievements, implications, awards
On top of numerous other distinctions granted to her throughout her academic career, Catherine received an honourable mention from the dean for academic excellence in her bachelor’s degree work.
Catherine fluently speaks French and English and also Spanish which she had an opportunity to master during a ten-month internship while she was a student with an international organization in Washington, DC, for which she received a bursary.
Alongside her current practice, Catherine continues to pursue her interest in international law. Since the start of her law career, Catherine has worked pro bono with Université du Québec à Montréal’s international clinic for the protection of human rights (Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains de l’UQAM) where she supervises student groups in preparing human rights defence cases at the national and international level. She also invests her time coaching UQAM student teams for the annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, an eminent litigation competition in which she herself participated when she was a student.
Catherine also participated in giving consultations during four editions of The Bar of Montreal’s Salon VISEZ DROIT event.