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Me William Desrochers

Me William Desrochers

Education

I was called to the Barreau du Québec in 2012, and joined the law firm of Me Caroline Simard, where I had worked as a summer student and law clerk. I come from Warwick, in Central Quebec, where my family owns a dairy farm. I earned my college diploma from the CÉGEP de Victoriaville, and I completed my law degree (LL.L) at the University of Ottawa where I graduated in 2011 with great honour (magna cum laude). In the fall of 2011, I completed the condensed training of the Quebec Bar School, while working part-time with Me Caroline Simard.

My Practice

I am a versatile lawyer and practise mainly in the following fields: family law, civil and commercial litigation, labour law and civil liability.

I make it my duty to provide my clients with a clear picture of the situation and ensure that they agree to a reasonable position. In all my cases, my role is to help clients to achieve their goal, and I can be creative and think out of the box in order to find a satisfactory solution.

I am also an accredited family mediator with the Barreau du Québec. This allows me to resolve family disputes outside the traditional legal process.

Teaching

In 2018, I added a string to my bow with teaching contracts. Among others, I have taught contract law and pleading techniques at the University of Ottawa, as well as family law at the École du Barreau.

Teaching is my way of passing on the valuable knowledge that I learned earlier in my career, while ensuring I remain updated on the latest developments in the field.

Social Commitment

I make it a point to give back to my community by getting involved in different ways. Over the past years, I have sat on the following Boards:

  • Coopérative funéraire de l’Outaouais [Site Web]
  • Fondation pour le développement des coopératives en Outaouais [Site Web]
  • Co-ownership Syndicate for 264 Saint-Raymond
  • Saint-Joseph Parish Council [Site Web]
  • Knights of Columbus St-Jean-Bosco Council

Every year, I donate many hours of my time to the Justice Pro Bono Québec organization, defending cases of public interest. I also act as legal counsel to the Archdiocese of Gatineau.

Personal life and leisure

I am an avid reader and I keep abreast of current political and legal news. I particularly enjoy games of strategy, like chess, which I have played since I was a teenager. To keep in good physical condition, I practise martial arts, exercise with kettlebells, cycle and run.

In 2018, I was blessed with becoming a father, and since his birth, my son Arthur is the pride and joy of my wife and I.

Send a question or contact request to Me William Desrochers.