Erik P.

Partner, Member of the executive committee
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  • English
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Erik P. Masse is a highly experienced lawyer whose practice is focussed primarily on insurance law, particularly in the area of civil liability, including general liability, errors and omissions and manufacturer’s liability.

For a significant number of insurers Mtre Masse is the lawyer of choice to represent and defend their interests and those of their clients before the courts.

Mtre Masse is a licensed private pilot, hence his professional interest in the area of aviation liability and property claims arising under the Canadian Aviation Regulations or other statutes. He routinely acts for aviation carriers and operators in civil liability disputes and related matters.

In addition to specializing in insurance law, Mtre Masse has extensive experience in commercial and real estate litigation and shareholder disputes.

Erik P. Masse became partner at Bélanger Sauvé in 2005. In that role, he is called upon to mentor junior lawyers in the Insurance and Civil Litigation Group, who can benefit from his considerable experience as they develop their own practice.


Insurance and Civil Litigation
  • Insurance law
  • Construction law
  • Debt recovery
  • Contractual liability
  • Extracontractual liability
  • Manufacturer's liability
  • Professional liability and disciplinary law


Barreau du Québec



Université de Montréal

Political Science

Université de Montréal

Private Pilot SEL


Typical Mandates

Key mandates

Acted for several civil liability insurers in legal proceedings in connection with the July 2013 events in Lac-Mégantic.

Acts for several insurers in connection with the manufacturer coverage issues in over 300 legal claims lodged in the United States involving product liability in asbestosis and mesothelioma cases.

Typical mandates

Defends insured in numerous civil liability cases.

Defends ground and air carriers and aircraft operators in cargo and bodily injury claims.

Defends insurers in direct damage cases involving issues such as coverage, intentional fault and deceitful declarations.

Acts for various insurers in recovery actions.

Advises clients on the validity of insurance contracts and analyzes pre-contractual risk declarations and their effect.

Assists insurers with preventive interventions, e.g., where claims are made before a dispute has even arisen.

Represents insurers and their insured on a regular basis before all levels of the various courts and tribunals.

Affiliations & Activities


Member – Barreau du Québec (1998)

Erik P. Masse regularly acts as a guest speaker at various insurance industry conferences focussing on issues such as claims management, legal strategy, obligations of the parties to an insurance contract, title insurance and managing questionable claims.



L’assurance de titres et son implication lors d’une transaction immobilière résidentielle” in collaboration with Mtre Francine Pager, Cours de perfectionnement du notariat 2010, Issue No. 2, Éditions Yvon Blais.

La Cour d’appel valide le libellé d’une question portant sur les antécédents criminels de l’assuré” in Bulletin du Droit des assurances, February 2007.



Teacher of civil liability at the Barreau du Québec’s École de formation professionnelle, since 2012.

Guest lecturer in personal injury law at McGill University, since 2016.



Statutory reviews: applicable governance rules and maximization of their use

Theft of vehicles equipped with Boomerang tracking technology: legal and evidentiary considerations

The relationship between the insured and the insurer: from underwriting to claims management

Specific features of aviation insurance: what the insured gets in exchange for the insurance premium

Insurance recovery: a recap of the potential pitfalls

Gaps in your construction coverage? The differences between builder’s risk and wrap-up policies