Jean-Charles René

General Counsel and Head of Risk – Canada, Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Jean-Charles René

Jean-Charles René


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Jean-Charles René is a litigation lawyer with particular responsibility for various types of commercial litigation. Over the years he has developed special experience in professional liability, insurance law and class action matters. 

His professional liability experience relates mainly to accountants, directors and officers, lawyers and other professionals. In insurance, he has focused on civil and professional liability, directors and officers’ liability and commercial insurance. In the area of class actions, his experience has included dealing with the complex questions that arise in the homologation and administration of multijurisdictional settlements. He has frequently represented clients before the Quebec Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

As general counsel and head of risk, Canada, Mr. René is chair of our Canadian ethics and conflicts of interest committee and a member of our risk and audit and pro bono committees.

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LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1990
B.A., Concordia University, 1987

  • Quebec 1991
  • “La responsabilité professionnelle des comptables : l’état de la jurisprudence québécoise à la lumière des préoccupations de la Cour suprême du Canada,” presentation at a seminar organized by the Quebec section of the Association Henri Capitant, entitled “La responsabilité civile des courtiers en valeurs mobilières et des gestionnaires de fortune : aspects nouveaux,” Montreal, May 7, 1999.
  • “L’assurance de responsabilité civile : aspects juridiques,” professional development workshop, Institut d'assurance de dommages du Québec, April 14, 1998.

  • Canadian Bar Association