woods avocats | lawyers


Member of the Quebec Bar since 1999

Languages: French, English

Patrick is a partner of the firm since 2006. Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, he is known as a one of Québec's finest trial and appellate lawyers. His practice spans the fields of commercial, corporate, and civil litigation as well as arbitration. Patrick's particular focus has been in litigation involving securities, telecommunications, class actions, construction, and shareholder disputes, in which he has been and remains responsible for many especially high-profile cases. In 2016 and 2018, Patrick was named Quebec Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Canada, an honour bestowed on the basis of extensive research and peer review and ranking. Since 2017, he is also listed by Benchmark as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada. He is further listed as one of Quebec's preeminent litigators in a number of fields by publications such as Lexpert, Benchmark and Chambers Canada. Patrick has taught The Law of Evidence at the Québec Bar School for many years, and he is a sought-after speaker on diverse subject matters related to his areas of practice.












Obtained the dismissal of an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action aimed at obtaining compensations in regards to rebates that were presented by the Plaintiffs as disguised fees in mobile monthly plans and compensations in regards to imposed fees to unlock cell-phones in Marie-Kim Harvey & al. v. Vidéotron G.P. & al.

Securing awards in damages in excess of $82M in capital against a satellite television broadcaster for having neglected to act to eradicate the piracy of its television signals, in Vidéotron s.e.n.c. v. Bell ExpressVu LP, 2015 QCCA 422.

Obtained the dismissal of an Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action aimed at sanctioning failures to comply with the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations in the field of community television, in Télévision communautaire et indépendante de Montréal (TVCI-MTL) c. Vidéotron.

Successfully challenging the Authorization to Institute a Class Action brought against a broadcasting television undertaking, alleging false representations with respect to the sale and offer for sale of additional warranties to consumers in: Cantin v. Ameublements Tanguay Inc. et al., 2016 QCCS 4546.

Successfully challenging the authorization to institute a class action brought against an engineering firm by a group of citizens to compensate delays in the construction of an overpass: Oubliés du viaduc de la Montée Monette v Consultants SM Inc et al, 2015 QCCS 3308.

Securing an important award in damages in our client’s favour, from the Court of Appeal, following misrepresentations in the course of the sale of a company, in Soft Informatique Inc. v. Gérard Bluteau Inc., 2014 QCCA 2330.  

Securing the issuance of a provisional injunction, a safeguard order and obtaining a final judgment from the Régie de l’énergie (Quebec Energy Board), to prevent the dismissal of a bid for illegal reasons as part of a program for the purchase of electricity produced by cogeneration from residual forest biomass, in Domtar v. Hydro-Quebec, file R-3820-2012, decisions D-2012-162 and D-2013-058.  

Successful contestation of a claim in professional liability against engineers having conceived hydraulic works, in Rendez-vous à la rivière pour l’an 2000 v. GENIVAR inc., 2011 QCSC 7215; J.E. 2012-220.

Securing substantial awards in damages against a Quebec public body, acting as administrator of pension plans, in favour of 39 retired plaintiffs following the transmission of misleading information, in Myette v. Carra, J.E. 2005-57; [2009] R.R.A. 1109; 2010 QCSC 727; 2010 QCCS 2797.

Successful contestation of a class action, on the merits, against a retailer in the field of movie rentals, in Buonamici v. Blockbuster Canada Co. [2007] R.J.Q. 776 (C.A.); AZ-50271216 (S.C.).

Successful contestation of a claim for judicial review and reinstatement in the hospital and university fields, in Khalifé v. Centre Universitaire de Santé McGill, 2010 QCSC 5386.

Granting and execution of a provisional Anton Piller type order following fraud in the broadcasting field, 755-17-001234-106 (S.C.).


Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Listed as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada by Benchmark Canada since 2017.

Named “Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Canada in 2016 and 2018.

Ranked by the Chambers Canada Guide (Dispute Resolution – Quebec) as one of Quebec’s leading litigators, qualifying him as: “absolutely brilliant in court and brilliant in strategy…he has that edge that makes a difference."

Ranked as one of the few leading corporate and commercial litigators in Quebec in the 2015 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

Ranked as a consistently recommended lawyer or as a repeatedly recommended lawyer in various areas of practice in the “The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory” since 2014.

Designated by Benchmark Canada in its 2014 and 2015 editions, as a Local Litigation Star in the fields of securities litigation, commercial litigation, class actions, and construction related litigation.

Designated as a « Litigation Lawyer to Watch » in the 2013 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

Named by the Lexpert magazine amongst the best attorneys in Canada under the age of 40 – Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in December 2012.

In its 2013 edition, Benchmark Canada ranked him as a Litigation Star in Canada in securities litigation and a Future Star for the province of Quebec in commercial litigation. 



Since 2016 :  Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation

Since 2010 :  Bar School, teacher, Evidence in Civil Cases

2004 :  Lecturer at McGill University, Faculty of Law, Civil Litigation Workshop

2002-2013 :  Lecturer at McGill University, Faculty of Engineering, Law for Architects and Engineers

1997-1998 :  Lecturer  at University of Sherbrooke, Faculty of Law, Human Rights Law



Since 2011 :  Member of the Board of Directors of the Accueil Bonneau Foundation

Since 2009 :  Member of the Board of Directors of Accueil Bonneau, President since 2012

Since 2006 :  Member of the California Beach Volleyball Association




Intensive Seminar, Sherbrooke


1998 – 1999    MONTREAL BAR SCHOOL
Professional school for lawyers

Bachelor of Law, LL.B.
Mention of Excellence - graduated in the top 10 percentile


Consumer Class Actions – Impact of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Richard v. Time, Patrick Ouellet, Colloque national sur l’action collective, Barreau du Québec, Montréal, 2018;

La limitation des dommages-intérêts dans le cadre d’un recours statuaire selon les articles 225.2 et suivants de la Loi sur les valeurs mobilières – fiction ou réalité? Patrick Ouellet et Éloïse Noiseux, Développements récents en litige de valeurs mobilières, Barreau du Québec, Montréal, 2017;

Réclamations pour les cas de retards de chantiers : le recours collectif de la Montée Monette, Patrick Ouellet, Super conférence sur la construction, L'institut Canadien, Montréal, 2015.

La responsabilité des administrateurs et des dirigeants d’entreprises en matière de fusion et d’acquisition, Patrick Ouellet, Federated Press Conference, 3d Lecture on Liability of Directors and Officers, Montreal, 2012.

De certaines particularités des recours entrepris suite à des propos diffamatoires tenus à l’encontre de personnalités publiques, Patrick Ouellet, Les Éditions Yvon Blais Symposium, Libel and Freedom of Expression, Montreal, 2008.

L'infraction réglementaire du courtier en valeurs mobilières peut-elle être synonyme de responsabilité civile?, Patrick Ouellet, Insight Conference on Regulation of Brokers and Managers in Securities, Montreal, 2006.

The Supreme Court of Canada Decision in Laflamme v. Prudential – Bache Commodities Canada Ltd., Patrick Ouellet, vol VIII, no 1, Corporate Litigation, Federated Press, 2005.

Les recours collectifs à défendeurs multiples : étude de droit comparé, Patrick Ouellet, Insight Conference on Class Actions, Montreal, 2005.