Me François Alepin LAWYER, PARTNER
Since 1978, Me François Alepin has carried on his law practice at the Alepin Gauthier law firm and where he is in partnership with Me Brigitte Gauthier. It should be noted that Me Alepin has been recognized by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Canada" each year since 2005 in the Franchise Law field ,as well as each year since 2011 in the Commercial Law field.
He aids and advises his clients who, for the most part, are businesspeople operating small and medium-sized enterprises, in the drafting and analysis of all kinds of contracts touching upon their needs in the daily operations of their businesses. This has led to his acting with respect to these clients as a kind “external-internal” legal department and he is consulted regularly in various areas of law which all are related to the operation of a business. His practice is concentrated in Franchising Law and over the years he has been called upon to give legal advice and counsel in this area of law on a multitude of occasions.
His practice in Commercial Law has led him to resolve disputes via negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He has represented the interests of his clients, at trial as well as on appeal, before all levels of courts as well as in front of administrative tribunals.
In 2001 and 2002, as a member of the Quebec delegation, upon the recommendation of the Quebec justice minister within the context of Canada’s participation in the work performed by Unidroit, in order to take part in a governmental committee of experts charged with elaborating a model law for the disclosure of information in matters of franchising, he was invited to Rome to participate in a round table organized by the government experts’ committee.
In 2013, he was called upon to participate in a drafting of “Développements récents en droit de la franchise”. Furthermore, following the appearance of this book, he presented his article “Le point sur les ristournes perçues par le franchiseur” as a speaker at a conference organized by the Bar of Quebec.
In 2016, he was called upon to participate in a drafting of “Développements récents en droit de la franchise”. Furthermore, following the appearance of this book, he presented his article “Notions élémentaires du franchisage ou franchisage 101” as a speaker at a conference organized by the Bar of Quebec.
Me Alepin has also been cited in several decisions throughout his career. These include Duchesneau v. Gestion Milsa inc, 2017 and Chambre de la sécurité financière v. Cauchi, 2019.
Member of the Laval Bar
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Member of the Québec Bar, 1978
Member of the American Bar Association
Member of the Québec Franchise Council
Member of the Canadian Franchise Association
Member of the Québec Order of Chartered Administrators
Member of the Canadian Institute of Patents and Trademarks (1996-1999)
Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Order of Chartered Administrators (originally as a Member Accredited in Franchising)
Member of the Laval Board of Trade and Industry
Member of the Bar of Quebec Sub Committee on quotas in 1995-1996
Has served on the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association, Quebec region
Member of the Fédération Informatique du Québec since 1999
Was a member of the Quebec Construction Association, Metropolitan region
Member of the Transport Professionals Association
Member of the Board of Directors of the Chartered Accountants Association of Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière
Member of Réseau des Gens d'Affaires du Québec
Member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés
Bâtonnier of the Bar of Laval for 1994-1995
Named one of the «Best Lawyers in Canada» in Franchising Law for six consecutive years
Governor for life for the Entraide Bois-de-Boulogne
Governor emeritus of the Bar of Quebec Foundation
“Prix Reconnaissance,” 2012, from the Laval Bar
Prix Hommage from Conseil québécois de la franchise, 2018
LL.L., University of Ottawa, 1977
Adm. A., Division of Accredited Franchise Experts, 1995
Accredited Arbitrator in Civil and Commercial Law, 2004
Trademarks Agent, 1978
D.E.Sp. in Commercial Law, Université de Montréal, 1987
Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial Law
ADMISSION TO THE BAR
Admission to the Quebec Bar, 1978
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