Our Firm

MISSION

Since 1971, our firm has offered personalized services by specialized lawyers at competitive rates. Our professionals, together with a competent and motivated support staff, complement one another and aim to offer complete legal services to individuals and businesses. Our clients, which consist of general contractors, specialized contractors, real estate developers and promoters, as well as other types of businesses have benefited from our expertise for over 45 years.

HISTORY

On December 21st 1971, Me Dominique Zaurrini established his law firm in Montreal. In 1986, together with new partners, he moved his offices to Laval. From that date forward, the firm has been known as Zaurrini Attorneys. Our firm proudly looks toward the future with the guiding expertise of its senior members and the enthusiasm of its junior members.

Our Lawyers

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    Me Dominique Zaurrini

    Lawyer

    Me Dominique Zaurrini

    Me Dominique Zaurrini obtained his law degree at the University of Montreal in 1969 and went on to be admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1970. He established his own law firm specialized in commercial and construction law in 1971.

    His practice has brought him before all judicial authorities in Québec. In fact, some of the cases he has pleaded have set a precedent, namely those involving recourses based on the Code du Bureau des soumissions déposées du Québec (BSDQ).

    In 1995, he obtained a certification from the Centre d’arbitrage commercial national et international du Québec. In 2002, Me Zaurrini participated in the implementation of the new Code de la construction. For that purpose, he gave the following construction law seminars:
    – The proposed amendments of the BSDQ Code;
    – The new « Code de construction du Québec ».

    Me Zaurrini remains involved in the business and legal communities. He is a member of the Association des gens d’affaires et professionnels italo-canadiens du Québec and of the Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec (CEGQ). From 1984 to 1986, he acted as president of the Chambre de commerce italienne du Québec. He also participated in the creation of the Fondation communautaire italo-canadienne du Québec. He is a member-governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec, of the Canadian Bar and of the Barreau de Laval.

     

    Languages spoken: French, English and Italian.

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    Me Carine Farkouh

    Lawyer

    Me Carine Farkouh

    Me Carine Farkouh finished her law degree at the University of Montréal in 1989. After being admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1990, she also obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from McGill University in 1993.  Me Farkouh then joined our firm in 1994.

    She specializes in the following areas:  business law, construction law, movable and immovable securities as well as real estate law.

    She is a member of the Barreau du Québec and the Barreau de Laval.

     

    Languages spoken: English and French.

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    Me Karine Cherbaka

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    Me Karine Cherbaka

    Me Karine Cherbaka joined our firm in 1996 year as a law student and later completed her internship with us after she graduated from Laval University. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1998. She also obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2001, from the University of Sherbrooke.

    She now specializes in construction law, civil law and movable and immovable securities.

    She is a member of the Barreau du Québec and of the Barreau de Laval. Since 2013, she has also been administrator and director for the Caisse Desjardins Bois-Franc – Bordeaux – Cartierville.

    Languages spoken: English and French.

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    Me Ronnie Maroun

    Lawyer

    Me Ronnie Maroun

    After finishing his law degree at the University of Montreal and his intership with our firm in 2001, Me Ronnie Maroun was called to the Quebec Bar in 2003.

    He now specializes in  business law, commercial and real estate law, labour law and movable and immovable securities.

    He is a member of the Barreau du Québec and of the Barreau de Laval.

    Languages spoken: English and French.

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    Me Alessandra Leuci

    Lawyer

    Me Alessandra Leuci

    While she completed her law degree at the University of Montreal, Me Leuci joined our firm as a law student in 2004. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2005 after completing her internship with our firm.

    She now specializes in civil and commercial litigation.

    She is a member of the Barreau du Québec and of the Barreau de Laval.

    Languages spoken: English and French

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    Me Maria Cristina Argento

    Lawyer

    Me Maria Cristina Argento

    Me Cristina Argento began working at Zaurrini Attorneys as a student in the summer of 2009. She obtained her law degree from the University of Montréal in 2010 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2012, after having completed her stage at our firm.

    She now practices in civil and commercial litigation.

    She is a member of the Barreau du Québec, of the Barreau de Laval and of the Young Bar Association of Montreal.

     

    Languages spoken: French and English.

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    Me Nadia Tomassini

    Lawyer

    Me Nadia Tomassini

    Me Nadia Tomassini completed her law degree at the University of Sherbrooke. She joined Zaurrini Attorneys in 2012 as a student and later  completed her internship with us. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 2014.

    She practices mainly in civil and commercial litigation.

    She is a member of the Barreau du Québec, Barreau de Laval and of the Young Bar Association of Montreal. Me Tomassini is also a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Quebec chapter.

     

    Languages spoken: French and English.

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    Me Maude Gaulin

    Lawyer

    Me Maude Gaulin

    After graduating from the Univeristy of Sherbrooke, Me Maude Gaulin joined the firm as an intern. She was called to the Quebec Bar in 2016.

    She now practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation.

    She is a member of the Barreau du Québec, Barreau de Laval and of the Young Bar Association of Laval as well as of the Institut de médiation et d’arbitrage du Québec (IMAQ) and the Elles de la construction.

    Languages spoken: English and French.

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    Me Yorgo Constantopoulos

    Lawyer

    Me Yorgo Constantopoulos

    Before obtaining his law degree at the University of Montreal in 2015, Me Yorgo Constantopoulos obtained a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences. He was later admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2016. After articling in the construction law department of a national law firm, he joined our team.

    He now practices in civil and commercial litigation.

    He is currently a member of the Quebec Bar, the Laval Bar and the Young Bar Association of Montreal as well as being a member of the Advocate’s Society.

    Languages spoken: English and French.

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    Me Étienne Paradis

    Lawyer

    Me Étienne Paradis

    Me Étienne Paradis completed his law degree at the University of Sherbrooke in 2016 and then completed his internship with our firm. He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2017.

    He now practices in civil and commercial litigation.

    He is a member of the Barreau du Québec, Barreau de Laval and of the Young Bar Association of Laval.

    Languages spoken: English and French

FIELDS OF PRACTICE

Construction Law

  • Legal counsel for general and specialized contractors, as well as subcontractors
  • Construction agreements
  • Legal hypothecs
  • Calls for tenders and bids
  • Latent and construction defects
  • Matters relating to the Bureau des soumissions déposées du Québec (BSDQ)
  • All other litigious matters in construction

Real Estate Law

  • Commercial leases
  • Financing
  • Guarantees
  • Real estate transactions
  • Letters of intent and offers to purchase/sell
  • Title search and exam
  • Litigious matters in real estate

Business Law

  • Incorporations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Reorganizations and liquidations
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Sales of shares or assets
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Litigious commercial and corporate matters

Movable and Immovable Securities

  • Matters relating to the Registre des droits personnels réels et mobiliers (RDPRM)
  • Matters relating to the Index of immovables
  • Drafting and preparing securities and guarantees
  • Litigious matters pertaining to movable and immovable securities

Banking Law

  • Legal counsel for financial institutions
  • Project financing
  • Letters of credit
  • Taking property in payment
  • Claims for default in payment

Co-ownership Law

  • Latent and construction defects
  • Representations before organizations offering guarantee plans
  • Declarations of co-ownership
  • All other litigious matters regarding co-ownership

PUBLICATIONS

Ville de Brossard c. Condominiums Bro-Marquis inc.,
2017 QCCQ 4121

Subjects: Correctness as a standard for judicial review; sanction for a fault in procedure

Bell Mobilité inc. c. Hould,
2016 QCCS 2369

Subjects: Permanent injunction; non-competition and non-sollicitation clauses

Sobey’s Québec inc. et Filion,
2017 QCTAT 3084

Subjects: Wrongful dismissal; article 124 of the Act respecting labour standards

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Newsletter – June 2018
This newsletter contains two articles. The first deals with the necesseity of a causal link when seeking damages for loss of profit in the context of public offerings. The second states that general contractors and subcontractors have mutual obligations towards one another.

Newsletter – January 2018
This edition underlines a decision from the Superior Court of Quebec which states that in the context of a public offering, a mistake in the pricing methods may constitue a major irregularity leading to the rejection of the offer.

Newsletter – November 2017
This newsletter deals with the legality of a sale under judicial control.

Newsletter – September 2017
This article underlines that a legal sale must be made in due time.

Newsletter – November 2015 (french only)
This newsletter reviews article 21.17 of the Act respecting contracting by public bodies.

The Canadian College of Construction lawyers (CCCL) regularly publishes a newsletter. It can be accessed here.

Following is a sample of articles written by the lawyers at Zaurrini Attoneys that have been published in the CCCL’s newsletters.

2018 

Construction GCP inc. c. Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu – EN

In this case, following a public offering, la city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu does not award the contract to the lowest bidder, Construction G.C.P. Inc, claiming there was a major irregularity in their quotation. Instead of indicating a per-unit price, Construction G.C.P. Inc. gave an inclusive price in its bid. In this decision, the Court, therefore, determines whether the subcontractor committed a major or minor mistake in its bid and thus whether the city was justified in its rejection of the bid.

2017

CRT Hamel c. STM – EN

This dispute concerns the validity of a public contract granted by the Société de transports de Montréal (hereafter, “STM”) to EDT GCV Civil s.e.p. (hereafter, “EDT”) for excavation and concreting work. CRT-Hamel, another subcontractor, is claiming that EDT’s quotation does not meet certain compulsory conditions. By asking the Court to emit a temporary injunction, CRT-Hamel is looking to declare EDT’s bid inadmissible, cancel the contract between the STM and EDT, declare CRT-Hamel the lowest bidder and order the STM to grant the contract to CRT-Hamel.

2015

Consortium MR Canada ltée c. Commission scolaire de Laval – EN

This article pertains to a decision rendered by the Quebec Court of Appeal. It concerns the relationship between the general contractor, Consortium MR Canada Inc. and  the client, the Laval school commission, in the context of a fixed-price contract. The heart of the dispute lies in the with extra fees generated by directives given by the architect responsible for the project by way of change orders.

2015

CPF c. Breton – EN

In this situation, the Québec Superior Court must interpret the meaning of the notion of “property serving public utility” in order to determine the validity of a legal hypothec. The lean was registered by a plumbing and ventilation subcontractor against a new vocational center, connected to an existing high school.

2015

Constructions Lavacon Inc. c. Icanda Corporation – EN

In this case, the Québec Superior Court was called upon to answer the following question: can the Court order a subcontractor to continue executing his contract by way of injunctive relief, and specifically, at the provisional stage? It must be noted that the subcontractor’s work is crucial to the advancement of the project and fundamental to the foundation work and erection of the structure to follow.

Contact

ADDRESS

2, boulevard Concorde Ouest
Laval, Quebec
H7N 6G6

CONTACT

TEL.: (450) 975-1110
FAX: (450) 975-1121
infozaurrini@zaurrini.com

OPENING HOURS

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