Éric Vallières is a Montreal-based litigator specializing in high-end sophisticated litigation. Éric's practice focuses primarily on class actions, with a particular focus on antitrust cases, product liability matters and commercial litigation.
Éric has extensive litigation experience, having represented clients before commercial courts, specialized tribunals and arbitration panels in a wide range of industries, including in aviation, banking, securities, telecommunications and infrastructure.
Éric is a seasoned defense class action litigator. Over the years, he has acted as lead counsel for multiple Fortune 500 companies in a significant number of cartel and antitrust class actions, as well as in numerous product liability cases. Éric has been particularly active in the aviation industry, in telecoms, in the automotive industry as well as in the biopharmaceutical industry.
Éric has acted many times before the Supreme Court of Canada, including recently in a landmark case involving the rights of indirect purchasers to sue in class proceedings.
Éric also advises and represents clients on matters relating to the Competition Act. He has recently been advising clients on alleged price fixing conspiracies and cases of abuse of dominance.
In recent years, Éric has been very active in the aviation industry, representing airlines and international organizations in a wide array of litigation cases, including aviation related cross-border litigation and the restructuring of major airlines. He also routinely advises aviation clients on regulatory matters.
In 2014, Éric received the Client Choice Award issued by the International Law Office (ILO) for Aviation in Québec and Canada. Éric is a frequent speaker locally and abroad in areas relating to class actions, aviation, general commercial litigation as well as in antitrust and bankruptcy matters.
Product Liability Class Actions and Air Crashes
Le droit de la concurrence à toutes les sauces
La réalisation des garanties et les fiducies présumées – Retour à la case départ?
Airports and Competition Law: is it the end of the world?
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Getting the Deal Through - Private Antitrust Litigation 2016, Canada Chapter
The Supreme Court of Canada Confirmed Today the Paramountcy of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act over License Denial Regimes
UPDATED: Canada Expands Economic Sanctions and Targets Russian Energy Sector
Still Kicking: Quebec Court Confirms the Constitutionality of the Charter of the French Language, Clarifies the Rule of "Marked Predominance" and Reiterates the Exemptions for Unregistered Trademarks
Hitting 'Em Where it Hurts: Canada Targets Russian Energy Sector in Latest Round of Economic Sanctions
Access by Private Litigants to Criminal Investigations' Wiretaps: Has the Supreme Court of Canada Opened the Floodgates?
Assigning Contracts in Canadian Insolvency Proceedings
Toronto Real Estate Board Abuse of Dominance Case Overturned on Appeal
Infineon Technologies AG v Option consommateurs: has the Supreme Court of Canada opened the door to purely speculative class action claims?
Supreme Court of Canada trilogy holds that indirect purchasers may advance class action for recovery of unlawful price-fixing
Competition Tribunal Confirms that Abuse of Dominant Market Conduct requires Acts directed at Injuring or Excluding Competitors
Tribunal de-lists bureau's TREB case
All-inclusive air price advertising: new Canadian regulations impose important changes in advertising practices
Indalex: CAIRP's Submission Before the Supreme Court of Canada
La réforme du droit des cartels - deux ans plus tard
Quebec Court of Appeal decision in DRAM: even more class actions ahead in Quebec?
Cracks in the DIPs?
Canada Chapter in Getting The Deal Through - Private Litigation 2012
Gatekeepers or Ticket Takers: Canadian and US Courts Diverge on the Role of Evidence in Antitrust Class Action Certification
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan's Competition/Antitrust Group Honoured at the 2015 Global Competition Review Awards
McMillan LLP, Haynes and Boone LLP and Guanes, Heisecke & Piera Enter into a Ground Breaking Relationship with IATA for Legal Services Across the Americas
Éric Vallières named 2015 Client Choice Award winner in aviation
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 recognizes 17 McMillan lawyers
Éric Vallières honoured with 2014 Client Choice Award
McMillan Honoured at Global Competition Review Awards
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 recognizes 21 McMillan lawyers
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2013 Chambers Global Directory
McMillan Lawyers are well represented in the 2012 Chambers Global Directory
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2011 recognizes 25 McMillan lawyers
- King's College London, United Kingdom, LLM (with honours) - 1993
- Université Laval, LLB (gold medalist) - 1991
Year Of Call
- Called to the Quebec bar - 1992
restructuring and insolvency
competition and antitrust
marketing and advertising
aerospace and defence
banking, finance and insurance
media, communications and entertainment
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
Directorships and Professional Associations
- Turnaround Management Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- Association des diplômés de l'Université Laval
- Canadian Insolvency Foundation
Awards & Rankings
- Selected as one of the leading aviation lawyers by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
- Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition Law
- Client Choice Canada 2014 – Winner for Aviation Category - In association with Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO)
- Selected as one of the leading aviation lawyers in Canada by the International Who's Who - Aviation Lawyers, 2014
- Recommended in Chambers Global 2012 for Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Canada)
- Listed as a litigator to watch in the 2009 and 2010 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
- 2008 and 2009 Finalist at the Lexpert® Rising Stars Leading Lawyers under 40
- Commonwealth Scholar (1992)
- Highest grades in Commercial Law, Université Laval (1991)
- Best Pleader and Factum of the Pierre-Basile-Migneault Moot Court Competition (1991)
- CANPRO for the best Canadian television program in Public Affairs (1985)