Canadian Lawyer

May 2024

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Page 36 of 51 35 • serving medium to large businesses and major institutions • developing and tapping into a network within and outside Quebec to help clients expand beyond provincial borders and support companies that choose to do busi- ness in Quebec "As a major regional firm providing a full range of legal services, we cultivate excel- lent relationships with law firms outside the province," she adds. Dunton Rainville LLP: Top law firm in Quebec locally invested in its clients and people Proximity to its clients has enabled the award-winning law firm to deliver excep- tional service with a personal touch and form strong bonds in the seven locales where it has laid down roots. Since its founding in 1954, the firm, whose owners are all Quebeckers, has grown to 260 employees, including over 115 lawyers, notaries, and labour relations advi- sors. It has a long-established presence in Montreal, Laval, urban agglomeration of Longueuil, Joliette, Saint-Jérôme, Saint- Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Sherbrooke, and serves clients throughout the province. "Our clients trust the people invested in their area and, throughout our locations, we have all the power of a big firm but the ability to be agile," explains vice president Yanick Tanguay, who advises and represents municipal and supra-municipal bodies before the courts. The legal teams remain at the forefront in all areas of legal service with their cutting- edge expertise across: • commercial • banking and real estate matters • labour • employment and immigration law • public • municipal • education and health law • civil law • insurance • construction • family law "The quality of our expertise and taking the time to get to know and understand our clients and their situations helps to ensure great results," Tanguay adds. "For this, there is no compromising." CL's survey respondents attested to that prevailing business philosophy, as evidenced by the following comments: • "Excellent services delivered by highly qualified and trustworthy professionals." • "Demonstrates its values of respect, integ- rity, loyalty, diversity, and inclusion." • "Loyal to their clients and passionate about their work." • "A superb approach to their customers, emphasizing patience, attentiveness, and respect for the client's needs." • "They appreciate our business and needs, and there is a low turnover of lawyers working with us." • "Involved in numerous communities and charities." "Although we enjoy a vast network in Canada and around the world thanks, in part, to our involvement with SCG Legal, our activi- ties are entirely concentrated here in Quebec," Tanguay says of the respondent's remarks. METHODOLOGY Canadian Lawyer asked readers to vote for the top full-service regional firms in Quebec. In the survey, which took place between Oct. 2 and 27, 2023, respondents were asked to rank up to 10 firms from a long list provided. They were also given the option of adding a firm not included in that list. The rankings were based on the regional service coverage, client base, notable mandates, service excellence, and legal expertise of the firms. To qualify for the list and be voted for, firms were required to have offices in Quebec (extending across the river to include Ottawa) and offer a wide range of legal services. Voters ranked firms from 1 to 10, with first-place votes earning 10 points and points decreasing by one up to one point for a 10th-place vote. Points were added up and the firms were ranked accordingly. The quantitative results were combined with the Lexpert peer survey results, where applicable, along with feedback from respected senior members of the bar. "In doing business with us, our clients know they can count on the advice of homegrown professionals who understand their reality and needs" Yanick Tanguay, Dunton Rainville

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