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Daniel Bellemare C.R.

Daniel Bellemare, C. R.

Direct line : 514 499-7470
Fax : 514 499-7478
Email : dbellemare@donatimaisonneuve.ca

Assistant : Lise Talbot
Direct line : 514 499-7447
Email: ltalbot@donatimaisonneuve.ca


I have been acting as senior counsel at Donati Maisonneuve since 2007, and I take part in the firm’s business with great pride. I joined Donati Maisonneuve after more than 30 years as a partner with Desjardins Ducharme, one of Montreal’s major law firms.

I hold a law degree from Université Laval and I was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1968. I had the honour of being appointed Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 1990.

For more than 45 years, I have placed my experience and advice at the service of my clients in the areas of general litigation, insurance, liability of financial institutions, as well as of directors and officers, freedom of the press, libel and defamation. I have plead before all court jurisdictions in Quebec.

I have always considered my clients to be true partners with whom I develop a personal as well as a professional relationship characterized by trust and satisfaction. In so doing, we work closely together to meet specific targets as efficiently as possible.

My experience has offered me certain rather particular mandates. In 1990, accompanied by Chiefs Justice of Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick as well as Rosalie Abella, now judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, I sat on the inquiry committee created by the Canadian Judicial Council with the mandate to review the conduct of certain judges of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal in the Donald Marshall Jr. affair.

I also represented a key witness as part of a public inquiry into the Oka crisis that lasted more than 128 days and that was chaired by ad hoc coroner Guy Gilbert, QC. I also acted for the Société générale de financement in the 2004 inquiry into cost overruns and delays at the site of the Gaspesia Pulp and Paper Company in Chandler, which led to recommendations to the government on corrective measures for the management and the labour relations on major work sites.

Over the years, my involvement in the Canadian Bar Association has led me to become President of the Quebec Branch and sit on its National Executive Committee for three years. I also co-chaired its 2008 National Convention held in Montreal. I have participated in several committees of the Quebec Bar, which regularly entrusts me with arbitration duties in disputes over lawyers’ fees.

I have sat on the Boards of the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation, the Club de golf Laval-sur-le-Lac and the Women’s Y Foundation, where I was Vice-Chair for many years. I am currently deeply committed to the Fonds d’assurance des architectes as Vice-Chair of the Board, member of claims, prevention and subscription committee, member of the investment committee, and Chair of the ethics committee. I am also involved as Secretary for La Fondation Logis Rose Virginie who treats the problems of itinerance for women of Montreal.

I have acted as President of the Association des anciens de l’Université Laval à Montréal, and I have served on several occasions as honourary patron for various activities held by the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation and the Fondation Ressources-Jeunesse. I have also had the pleasure of acting as president and lecturing at seminars organized among others by the Canadian Institute, Insight Information Inc. and the Association of Insurance Fellows.

I have been considered by the Expert Directory as highy skilled in litigation and in defamation and media law.