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Stéphane Viola – Partner, Lawyer

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Direct Line: (506) 383-5807
Email: sviola@bosseviolaleblanc.com
Bossé Viola LeBlanc
890 Main Street, Suite 300
Moncton NB E1C 1G4
Tel.: (506) 383-5800
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Stéphane is a graduate of Mount Allison University (Bachelor of Commerce 1990) and Université de Moncton (Bachelor of Law 1994).  He is perfectly bilingual and a member of both the New Brunswick Law Society (1995) and recently the Barreau du Québec (2011).

Stéphane is an experienced litigator with a pragmatic, business-oriented approach to conflict resolution. He has acted as lead counsel for private and public clients on several precedent-setting cases. He has appeared before all levels of court in New Brunswick as well as in Québec including various administrative tribunals. Stéphane is considered a leading litigator in the field of personal injury and insurance law.  He also has strong expertise in professional, corporate and municipal liability.

Over the last few years, Stéphane has been called upon to act as lead litigation counsel for various corporate clients. In that capacity, he has been involved in a multitude of corporate and commercial disputes ranging from contractual disputes, employment issues, train derailments, defective construction materials and shareholder agreement disputes.

 

Education and Awards

  • Recipient of the E. Neil McKelvey Pro Bono and Public Service Award of the Canadian Bar Association – NB, 2013
  • Admitted to the Barreau du Québec, 2011
  • Admitted to the New Brunswick Bar, 1995
  • LL.B., Université de Moncton, 1994
  • Recipient of the PAJLO award (Program for the Integration of both Official Languages in the Administration of Justice), 1994
  • Recipient of the P.A. Landry award for appeal advocacy, 1993
  • B.Comm. Hons. (Economics), Mount Allison University, 1990

Involvement

  • President of the Board for the Association élèves-athlètes sport-étude ringuette Lanaudière (2012 to present)
  • Member of the Auto Insurance Working Group (AIWG) on insurance law reforms – public commission created and mandated by the New Brunswick Minister of Justice (2010 to 2011)
  • Vice-Chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (2006 to present)
  • New Brunswick liaison to the No Fault Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association (2006- 2010)
  • Member of the Board of Governors for the Canadian Unity Council (2005 to 2006)
  • Spokesperson for the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Bar Association on Automobile Insurance Reforms (2001 to present)
  • Speaker on various continuing legal education topics in civil litigation offered by the Canadian Bar Association (2000 to present)
  • Occasional lecturer at the New Brunswick Bar Admission Courses since 1999
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Université de Moncton, practical course entitled Techniques de plaidoirie en première instance (1999-2000)
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Moncton Area Lawyers Association and the Association des juristes d’expression françaises du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Articles and Publications

Stéphane is frequently called upon to comment on developing issues in personal injury law and civil litigation in both the French and English media at the provincial and national levels. As a result, his comments or opinions can be found in many newspapers, magazines and on various broadcasters’ websites. The following are a sample of some of the commentaries or lectures that he has released over the years:

  • Who protects accident victims? – The Telegraph Journal – published May 7, 2009
  • Preparing and Presenting the Expert – A Practical Demonstration – Evidence and Experts CLE by the Canadian Bar Association New Brunswick Branch – October 12, 2007
  • Connaissez vos limites – Le plafonnement des pertes non pécuniaires – Modification à la Loi sur l’assurance 2003 – CBA Lunch and Learn – October 26, 2005
  • Housekeeping Capacity and Gratuitous Services – Knowing When, What and How to Claim for These Heads of Damages – APTLA Conference on the Anatomy of Damages: Getting the Right Remedies (and the Remedies Right) – November 18, 2005
  • Section B Issues and Developments – Patterson Palmer Insurance Seminars – November 5, 2004
  • Le plafonnement des pertes non pécuniaires au Nouveau-Brunswick – Projet de Loi 54 et Règlement sur les blessures – Loi sur les assurances – Solicitor’s Journal CBA Summer 2004
  • Did You Know That… Changes to the Insurance Act – Patterson Palmer Insurance Newsletter – February 24, 2004
  • The Capping of Non-Pecuniary Loss in New Brunswick – Bill 54 and the Injury Regulation – Insurance Act – CBA Mid-Winter – February 5, 2004
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