OTTAWA, June 1, 2012 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable Michel Yergeau, a lawyer with Lavery, de Billy in Montréal, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec, District of Montréal to replace Mr. Justice J.R. Fournier, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec on October 7, 2011.

Mr. Justice Yergeau received a Bachelor of Civil Laws from the Université de Montréal in 1972 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec in 1974. 

Mr. Justice Yergeau has been an associate with Lavery, de Billy since 1987 and was president of the Board of Directors of the firm from 1996 to 2009. He was an associate with Pouliot Mercure from 1984 to 1987 and vice-president of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement from 1979 to 1984.  He was an instructor at the Université de Montréal from 1977 to 1979 and a lawyer with Massé et Massé (later known as Massé, Yergeau, Laframboise et Associés) from 1974 to 1979. His main areas of practice were environmental law, Aboriginal law, civil law and administrative law.

Mr. Justice Yergeau was a member of the Environmental Law Committee for both the Barreau du Québec and Canadian Bar Association. In 2007 he was recognized by the Barreau du Québec for his distinguished career in environmental law. He was a speaker for the Bar Admission course from 2008 to 2011. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and president of the board of directors of the Foundation Lafontaine-Cormier. He was a lecturer at numerous conferences and author of several papers and articles.

This appointment is effective immediately.