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André Legrand's practice focuses on insurance law and professional liability. His insurance law practice focuses on general liability insurance, directors and officers' liability insurance, professional liability insurance, property insurance, cyber insurance, and representations and warranties insurance.
Mr. Legrand's professional liability practice involves representing the interests of directors and officers of corporations. He has acted before all Quebec courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Legrand was Montréal chair of our litigation group between 2002 and 2006.
- LL.M., McGill University, 1995
- LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1985
- Quebec 1986
- Acting for a Bermuda captive insurer in an insurance coverage dispute arising out of Canada's longest running judicial saga, the "Castor case," and taking part in bringing the entire case to a close
- The Mégantic train derailment tragedy, which took place in 2013
- Acting successfully for the City of Westmount before the Supreme Court of Canada where the court addressed for the first time the Quebec no-fault public automobile insurance regime (Westmount (City of) v Rossy 2012 SCC 30)
- Currently representing Lloyd's and its insured, the engineering firm Groupe EGP, in the defence of a multi-million dollar claim relating to the construction of the Altoria tower in Montreal
- Acting successfully before the Quebec Superior Court (currently under appeal) on behalf of Liberty International Underwriters in the first case where a Quebec court was asked to rule on the insurance coverage available for a multi-million dollar loss resulting from a fraudulent phishing operation.
- Successfully acting, with partners of the firm, for Domtar before the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of ABB Inc. v. Domtar, which is now the landmark decision on latent defects in Québec.
- Benchmark Canada (2019), Benchmark Litigation Star
- The Globe & Mail's Report on Business (2019), Leading Litigation Lawyers
- Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Insurance - Dispute Resolution (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2019
- The Legal 500 Canada (2018)
- Euromoney's 2018 Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide
- Best Lawyers in Canada, 2018 - Montreal Insurance Lawyer of the Year
- Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2019 – Insurance Law, Director and Officer Liability
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012-2018: repeatedly/consistently recommended in Litigation – Commercial Insurance; Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability; Professional Liability
- Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year, 2014 – Director and Officer Liability, Montreal
- "The Ins and Outs of Social Engineering Fraud" (co-presenter), Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), Montreal, October 18, 2018.
- "The Mergers and Acquisitions Insurance Explosion" (co-presenter), RIMS Canada Conference, Calgary, September 11-14, 2016.
- "What about the applicable law in matters of liability insurance in Quebec?" (co-presenter), Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, April 13, 2016.
- “D&O Insurance: Less Theory, More Practical Advice” (co-presenter), Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, February 18, 2015.
- “Top 10 Insurance Issues in a Commercial Context,” Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, April 9, 2014.
- “Managing the Defence of Securities Class Actions around the World: Limiting the Impact on D&O Policies” (co‑speaker), C5’s 22nd Forum on D&O Liability Insurance, London, March 19‑20, 2013.
- “Insurance Claims: The Changing Global Landscape for the London Market” (co-presenter), Lloyd's, London, March 19, 2013.
- “The Rossy Decision, Civil Suits and the Quebec Automobile Insurance Plan” (co-presenter), Canadian Bar Association, Montreal, October 23, 2012.
- “Bill 89 - New Legislation Brings New Liabilities for Corporations and Boards. Is Your Organization Prepared?” (co‑presenter), Norton Rose Canada, Montreal, June 15, 2012.
- “The Global Class Action Trend, Issues and Implications for the London Insurance Market” (co-presenter), Lloyd’s, London, March 13, 2012.
- “Managing Risks Relating to the Handling of Liability and Property Claims” (co-chair), The Canadian Institute, June 8‑9, 2010.
- Canadian Bar Association
- Editorial board, Canadian Journal of Insurance Law
- Lecturer approved by the Quebec regulatory authorities for the continuing education of insurance brokers and lawyers