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René
Piotte

Lawyer, Partner, Member of the executive committee

René Piotte has extensive experience advising public bodies on their powers and their labour relations matters, and was the firm’s managing partner for more than 10 years.

Health reasons have led Mtre Piotte to interrupt his usual activities, but he continues to assist the colleagues who now oversee his cases, including Mtres Stéphanie Lalande and Pierre-Alexandre Boucher.

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Languages
  • French
  • English
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Mtre Piotte has represented health and higher education institutions, police forces, government departments, municipalities, professional orders and Crown corporations in administrative and labour law matters before various administrative and judicial bodies, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

His experience negotiating collective agreements, particularly in the university sector, and the range of clients he serves, have led him to play a significant role as counsel in the management of various organizations. He focuses his practice, both as legal counsel and litigator, on access to information, protection of personal information, public contracts, judicial review of government action and labour tribunals, professional law, pay equity, civil liberties and human rights, pension plans, and employee benefits.

Services

Administrative Law
  • Access to information and protection of personal information
  • Judicial oversight of government action
  • Police organization and ethics
  • Contracts of public organizations
  • Organization of health and educational establishments
  • Public freedoms and human rights
  • Professional law
Labor and Employment Law
  • Negotiation of collective agreements
  • Accreditation disputes
  • Judicial supervision of labor courts
  • Termination and disciplinary measures
  • Grievance and dispute arbitration
  • Salary equity
  • Pension and benefit plans

Training

Barreau du Québec

1981

Master of Laws (LL.M), Public Law option

Université de Montréal – Faculté des études supérieures
1979

LL.L.

Université de Montréal
1978

Typical Mandates

The following mandates, regardless of outcome, are representative of Mtre Piotte’s practice due to the nature and the scope of the work required.

 

Defence of the Attorney General of Québec in the constitutional challenge to elements of the collective bargaining regimes of Sûreté du Québec members, Government of Québec peace officers and teachers represented by the CSQ (pending before the Superior Court).

Application under an agreement between the Government of Quebec and the Federation of Medical Specialists that was the subject of a right of action challenge ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Defence of a Université du Québec constituent in the union challenge of its language policy leading to the closure of English-language graduate programs and a request for reparations relating to the 2012 student conflict, which was the subject of major awards by Mtres Jacques Larivière and Francine Lamy.

Defence of institutions in the Réseau de l’Université du Québec in the constitutional challenge to Chapter IX of the Pay Equity Act regarding the recognition of existing pay relativity programs, which was the subject of a Superior Court judgment.

Defence of Hydro-Québec in the union challenge to amendments to a group life insurance plan, which was the subject of a decision by Mtre Claude Foisy quashed on judicial review by the Court of Appeal.

Defence of the Montreal Urban Community in union challenges of pension premium holidays for its police officers and civilian employees before the Superior Court, which were settled out of court at late stages of the proceedings.

Professional Accomplishments

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He is also recognized for his general legal writings and his work as a lecturer, including:

Co-author of publications on communications law (Revue juridique Thémis, 1978) and on the right to information (Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 1981).

Author of numerous articles on police organization, pension plans and collective bargaining.

Lecturer in administrative and labour law at the École de formation professionnelle du Barreau du Québec and the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law.

Jury member for a variety of legal literature awards.