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Rodrigue Escayola
Partner

Speaks: English, French

Year of Call: 2001 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Secondary Office: Toronto

Rodrigue Escayola

Rod Escayola is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. He practises in the area of civil litigation and represents clients from Ontario and Québec before the provincial Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal, the Federal Courts, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and numerous other administrative tribunals.

Rod has vast experience in condominium law, representing condominium corporations, directors, owners and property managers. He has published articles and has been quoted in various condominium magazines, and is regularly asked to speak on various condominium issues to property managers, directors and lawyers. He is the editor and social media director of the quarterly magazine for Ottawa's chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute, for which he is also an elected director. Rod is also the founder and editor of CondoAdviser.ca.

Rod co-founded the Condo Directors' Group, an organization by and for condominium directors. The DCG provides a forum for condo directors to meet, network, and share knowledge and experience to better manage their corporations. Rod has also been an elected director on the board of his condominium in Ottawa since 2009. He and his colleagues are called upon to manage the affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Condominium Act.

Rod also has a great deal of experience with estates and capacity litigation, representing beneficiaries and trustees. His expertise involves challenges and interpretation of wills, contested passing of accounts, claims for support by dependants, and disputes relating to breaches of fiduciary duties.

Since 2005, he has given countless in-depth seminars to employees and managers of various federal departments, and to other professionals on estate planning and the managing of estates. The Law Society of Upper Canada has asked Rod to speak at webinars on a lawyer's obligations when dealing with clients with disabilities. He also developed and taught the estate module for the Law Society's French Practical Program.

In the past, Rod has taught civil procedures at the Université de Montréal, and has acted as legal counsel for the Law Branch of the Supreme Court of Canada. He also served as a reservist for over 18 years and was deployed to Haiti as a United Nations peacekeeper in 1995. He retired as a warrant officer after having received several medals and awards.

In 2014, the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program invited Rod to develop the wills and estates module of their new French Law Practice Program, an alternate pathway to the Law Society of Upper Canada  accreditation. This pilot program was developed by lawyers who are experts in their fields of practice and who are known for their community involvement. Rod served as principal teacher of the wills and estates module from 2014 to 2016. 

Rod is fluently bilingual and practises law in both English and French.


2014

University of Ottawa French Common Law Program — Principal teacher of wills and estates module

2014 - 2016

November2013

CCI - Ottawa, elected Director, Editor and Social Media Director

March2013

Condo Directors Group, Co-founder and Member of the Leadership team

September2010

Université de Montréal

September 2010 - December 2010

May2009

Condominium Corporation (OCSCC 696), Elected director and president

Featured insights & resources

Condo Adviser digest: April 2017

Rodrigue Escayola

Articles April 6, 2017

Legal focus on smoking in condominiums

Rodrigue Escayola

Articles April 13, 2016

Major overhaul of the Ontario Condominium Act

Rodrigue Escayola

Articles September 1, 2015

What to do when Airbnb moves into your condominium complex?

Rodrigue Escayola

Articles August 1, 2015

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2014

2014

University of Ottawa French Common Law Program — Principal teacher of wills and estates module

2014 - 2016

2013

November 2013

CCI - Ottawa, elected Director, Editor and Social Media Director

2013

March 2013

Condo Directors Group, Co-founder and Member of the Leadership team

2010

September 2010

Université de Montréal

September 2010 - December 2010

2009

May 2009

Condominium Corporation (OCSCC 696), Elected director and president

2008

2008

University of Ottawa, LLL

2004

March 2004

Heenan Blaikie LLP. Partner

March 2004 - March 2014

2001

2001

Year of Call, Ontario

1999

1999

University of Ottawa, LLB

1996

1996

Université du Québec en Outaouais, BBA

1990

July 1990

Canadian Forces - National Defence (Service with the military reserve)

July 1990 - September 2008

1990

1990

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Broadcasting

Rodrigue Escayola
Profile highlights

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Rodrigue Escayola

Rod Escayola is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. He practises in the area of civi...

Rodrigue Escayola
Featured insights & resources

Condo Adviser digest: April 2017

Rodrigue Escayola

Article April 6, 2017

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Condo Adviser digest: April 2017

Rodrigue Escayola

Article April 6, 2017

Legal focus on smoking in condominiums

Rodrigue Escayola

Article April 13, 2016

Major overhaul of the Ontario Condominium Act

Rodrigue Escayola

Article September 1, 2015

What to do when Airbnb moves into your condominium complex?

Rodrigue Escayola

Article August 1, 2015

An overview of the proposed changes to the Condo Act

Rodrigue Escayola

Article June 1, 2015

When hoarding becomes a hazard for the other residents

Rodrigue Escayola

Article April 1, 2015

Rodrigue Escayola
Profile highlights

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Rodrigue Escayola

Rod Escayola is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. He practises in the area of civi...

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Client Work

Rodrigue Escayola
Profile highlights

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Rodrigue Escayola

Rod Escayola is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. He practises in the area of civi...

Rodrigue Escayola
Featured insights & resources

Condo Adviser digest: April 2017

Rodrigue Escayola

Article April 6, 2017

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