Sylvie Rodrigue has a broad litigation practice with extensive experience defending class actions across Canada as well as other corporate commercial matters. In addition to leading our Montréal office, Sylvie continues her litigation practice in both our Montréal and Toronto offices.
Sylvie has been involved in a wide range of high profile multi-jurisdictional class actions relating to drugs and medical devices, price fixing allegations, consumer complaints, civil liability, employment matters, securities, mass tort and negligence. She has extensive experience with product liability cases. She has represented clients in the tobacco, retail, technology, manufacturing, communication, railway, aviation and pharmaceutical industries.
Sylvie is the founder and Past Chair of the Class Action Section of the Ontario Bar Association, Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Task Force on Class Actions, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Multi-jurisdictional Class Action/Collective Redress Working Group, Co-Chair of the International Class Actions Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the Advisory Group to the Law Reform Commission regarding the Class Proceeding Act and one of the co-editors of the Class Action Journal.
In September 2014, Sylvie was awarded the designation of Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar, a distinction awarded to a limited number of lawyers to honour an outstanding legal career, remarkable contribution to the profession and dedicated efforts to social or community services.
Sylvie has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in Quebec and Ontario.
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Ad. E. (Advocatus Emeritus) distinction, Québec Bar, 2014
Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class action litigation (2008-2018) and product liability (2010-2018), Ontario and Québec
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, dispute resolution: class action (defence) (2016-2018)
Legal Media Guide’s (LMG) Life Sciences Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year (2017)
Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2016)
Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in class actions (2016-2018) and cross-border litigation (2016)
Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in dispute resolution: class action (2012-2018)
Benchmark Litigation— Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada) (2014-2017)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in class actions, Ontario and Québec (2007-2017)
Law Business Research's Who's Who Legal—Leading lawyer in product liability defence (2016-2018) and life sciences (2013-2018)
Lexpert's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation (class actions) (2011 and 2013)
Benchmark Canada—Litigation star, Ontario and Québec (2012-2014)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, trial lawyer honorary society
Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Litigation lawyer to watch (2007)
Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—25 Litigators to Watch (2006)
Lexpert/Thomson’s Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada—25 Litigators to Watch (2006)
Lexpert Magazine, September 2002—"Top 40 Lawyers Under 40"
In addition to her class action activities listed above, Sylvie has been a judge in the Harvey T. Strosberg Prize (a national contest for the best essay on class actions, open to students at universities across Canada). She is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (Class action and multi-party committee, international committee, product liability committee), on the Litigation Committee-Executive of the International Bar Association, an executive member National Litigation section and elected member CBA/OBA Council, Toronto region, the Founder and Past Chair, Class Action Section Executive and a lecturer in advocacy before the civil courts, Québec Bar Admission Course.
Sylvie is one of only a select few Canadians to be named a Fellow of the trial lawyer honorary society, Litigation Counsel of America. She was also recently invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel, whose elite membership consists of prominent in-house and outside counsel from over 35 countries.
Before joining Torys, Sylvie was a partner at another major national firm.
Other Media Highlights
"Class action battles to shift to trial court from motions hearings", National Post, November 28, 2012
"International suits becoming a growth area", National Post, May 30, 2012
"Class-action speed bump", Lexpert, December 2011
"CBA council to debate class action management", The Lawyers Weekly, August 12, 2011
"Class actions are getting more action", National Post, June 1, 2011
"No harm done", National magazine, Droit-inc.com, June 2011
"Group To Tackle Issue of Multiple Lawsuits", National Post, April 21, 2010
"CBA Tackles National Class Actions", Law Times, February 22, 2010