Eric Bédard's practice focuses on all aspects of dispute resolution. Acting mainly as a litigator in civil and commercial litigation, he excels in defending the clients' interests in complex matters that require immediate attention as they affect the continuity of their business. He has appeared before the Québec courts of first instance and appeal, as well as some administrative tribunals. In this capacity, he represents private and public companies in contractual disputes, disputes involving business partners, clients and suppliers, investment and financial services disputes, and disputes involving mining and gas companies. His mandates have allowed Eric to get a good grasp of the decision-making processes of federal, provincial and municipal governments, and of negotiating with them to deescalate contentious situations.
His expertise also extends to domestic and international arbitration, including the homologation, annulment or enforcement of awards, and to disputes raising issues of arbitral jurisdiction. He was notably part of the Trade Law Bureau's team defending Canada's interests against an investor's recourse under NAFTA Chapter XI (UNCITRAL) in Lone Pine v. Canada, and served as assistant to an arbitral tribunal hearing an investor-State dispute under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (UNCITRAL).
Eric also represents professionals (architects, accountants, engineers, financial advisors, group and damage insurance representatives, and lawyers) before various disciplinary committees and in various contexts where professional liability may be engaged. In employment law matters, he frequently advises and represents both executives and key employees on all aspects of the end-of-employment relationship (compensation; post-employment obligations relating to competition, solicitation, loyalty, confidentiality). Eric also frequently assists executives in (re)negotiating contracts in a (pre-)contentious context.