Mtre Jacques Laurent's story


To Share experiences

“Throughout my career, which has encompassed different private law firms, a number of boards of directors as well as the political scene, I have been asked from time to time by various Bâtonniers to join committees of the Bar of Montreal, including the Liaison with Commercial Law Lawyers Committee, of which I am still the chairman. I am amazed at the energy and drive of the young lawyers I serve with on the committee. They are determined to get things moving and to stimulate and increase the flow of commercial transactions to Montreal. This sharing of experiences is precisely the sort of value added by the Bar of Montreal, something passed down from one generation of lawyers to the next.”

Jacques Laurent, lawyer

Mtre Jacques Laurent, Counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his admission to the Bar, and can boast one of the most distinguished track records in the legal community. An alumnus of the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York City, he had a litigation practice in several private law firms before becoming Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Mtre Jean-Guy Cardinal. Mtre Laurent subsequently returned to private practice and in the following 28 years developed expertise in commercial and business law while keeping his hand in litigation. He has also been a member of numerous boards of directors, including those of Hydro-Québec, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Domtar, Gaz Métro, Holcim Canada and Uni-Sélect. At present, he still serves on the boards of Glentel (TSX) and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Mtre Jacques Laurent is an indefatigable legal expert, filled with a keen desire to help and to offer his knowledge and expertise to his extensive personal and professional network, as well as to young lawyers starting out in the profession, in the spirit of sharing and cooperation that characterizes the Bar of Montreal.