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Serge Bernier, LL.B.

Associate Lawyer

 

Serge Bernier debuted his career as an attorney in 1990 and later joined Catherine Fournier in 1998 to eventually form Bernier Fournier law firm. Serge Bernier’s strong sense of curiosity and enterprising approach has leaded him in accepting diverse mandates in all areas of law and most importantly served him in gaining solid court and procedure experience.

Over the years, Serge Bernier has acquired a global approach in facing cases while using efficient and imaginative multidisciplinary solutions. Overall, Serge Bernier’s thorough experience gives him all the necessary prerequisites to predicting the oncoming impact of decisions taken in all legal spheres where, in most cases, lawyers specializing in a specific area of the law can hardly predict.

Although Serge Bernier has been orientating his practice more particularly in civil and commercial litigation and business law in the last few years, he still accepts mandates in other areas of law where he will more likely serve as a senior counsel.

As for commercial matters, Serge Bernier advises clients on a regular base on issues regarding sale of shares. Serge Bernier also represents individuals and companies in legal proceedings related to tax matters before both, the Criminal and Civil Division of the Court of Quebec, the Quebec Court of Appeal, and the Canadian Tax Court. Moreover, Serge Bernier advises regularly businesspeople regarding the incorporation, modification and the sale of their company and, in so doing, will not hesitate to seek advice from tax consultants and specialized accountants to assist him in reaching a solution best adapted to the needs of his clients. Finally, Serge Bernier frequently participates in the development of franchise agreement and works in hands with trademark agents.

Regarding municipal affairs, Serge Bernier has represented clients and companies in criminal and civil proceedings, where he did not hesitate to request zoning regulation cancellations and challenge decisions of the Commission de l’agriculture.

Serge Bernier also pleaded several cases in bankruptcy and insolvency and requested the receivership of a franchised business.

As for civil matters, he is regularly mandated to seek preliminary and permanent injunctions in order to enforce his clients’ rights.

Serge Bernier does not hesitate to negotiate settlements when in the best interest of his clients. In taking part in several settlement conferences in civil, family and municipal affairs, Serge Bernier obtained most satisfying results for his clients while avoiding them the burden of deadlines, stress and additional expenses.

Also, Serge Bernier has advised professionals in cases relating to ethical issues.

During the course of his career, Serge Bernier has officiated in several criminal cases. He frequently represented defendants for their release hearings, preliminary investigations, and acted as an attorney in cases involving wiretapping and trials for murder before jury.  Moreover, Serge Bernier has filed numerous motions under different sections of the Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms.

Finally, Serge Bernier has acquired significant experience before the Quebec Court of Appeal in the majority of the areas of law in which he has practiced over his career.  For that matter, fellow lawyers do not hesitate to refer cases to him before the Quebec Court of Appeal, which led him to establish his own company of appeal factums in order to ensure quality services and short delays.

Professional activities and associations
  • President of l’Association des Jeunes Juristes de l’Université de Sherbrooke (1994-1995).
  • Member of the Bar of Arthabaska Committee of private practice (1998– ).
  • Member of the Private Practice Committee of the Bar of Quebec (1998-2018).
  • Member of the Club Richelieu (2006- ).
  • Vice-president of the Club Richelieu de Drummondville (2010).
  • President of the Club Richelieu de Drummondville (2011-2013).
  • Quebec Bar disciplinary committee (2011– ).
  • Teacher of paralegal courses at Collège Ellis de Drummondville (2011-2012).
  • Quebec Bar training activities dispenser (2011– ).
  • President of Maison Richelieu de Drummondville inc. (2011–2013).
  • Board member of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Drummondville (2013- ).
  • Member of The Sustainable Development Issue Table (Centre-du-Quebec) (2013-2015).
  • Board member of the Club Richelieu Internationnal (2013-2014).
  • Committee member of the Francophony of Richelieu International (2013-2015).
  • Member of the Communication and Registered Trademarks Committee of Richelieu International (2013-2015).
  • President of the Private Practice Committee of the Bar of Quebec (2014-2017).
  • Member of the Fundraising Committee for the 200th of the City of Drummondville (2015-2016).
  • Treasurer of the Collège St-Bernard Foundation (2015-2016).
  • Board member of the Cégep de Drummondville (2016- ).
  • Vice-president of the Collège St-Bernard Foundation (2016-2017).
  • Vice-president and treasurer of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Drummond (2017-2018).
  • Personnal councillor for contractor in the training course Croissance pour entrepreneur offered by the Cégep de Drummondville (2018- )
  • First Vice-president of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Drummond (2018- ).
  • Board member of the Bar of Quebec (2018- ).
Awards and recognition
  • 1994 – Heenan Blaikie Award: awarded to the student obtaining the best grades in labor law at Université de Sherbrooke.
  • 1994 – Grant awarded to the best francophone litigator taking part to the Gale Cup (Toronto).
  • 1994 – Best legal brief within the Gale Cup (Toronto).
  • 1991 – Governor General’s medal recipient awarded to the student graduating with the best academic results from the Cégep de Drummondville.
  • 1991 – Certificate of distinction (Cégep de Drummondville).

As an author, Serge Bernier suggest you to read the following publications:


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