Benoit M. Duchesne Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2001 - Ontario

Year of Call: 1998 - Quebec

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0142

Fax: +1 613-788-3637


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Benoit M. Duchesne

Benoit M. Duchesne is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. Benoit practises civil and commercial litigation, administrative law litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation and Aboriginal law in Ontario and Québec. Benoit is also a member of the firm's Expropriation Law Group and Municipal Law Group. 

Over his years of practice, Benoit has represented corporations, partnerships, municipalities, not-for-profit corporations, insurers, lawyers, financial institutions, trustees in bankruptcy, corporate directors and other corporate and individual clients before the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Québec court, Superior Court of Québec and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before a number of Ontario, Quebec and Canadian administrative tribunals, including the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board, the Ontario Municipal Board and the Assessment Review Board, among others.

Benoit has acted as independent legal counsel for municipal and school board committees in connection with electoral law issues, and is a first-call advisor for international private law matters involving disputes over jurisdiction and forum.

Benoit has significant experience in public and private injunctive proceedings, shareholder and partnership disputes, creditor-debtor matters, director liability and corporate governance matters, which allows him to provide insightful pre-litigation and in-litigation strategic advice that produces results.

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

Benoit also teaches Ontario civil procedure courses on a part-time basis at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Law’s Canadian Law Program.

Benoit is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law.  

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

  • 2001

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2000

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLB, magna cum laude
  • 1998

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Quebec
  • 1996

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLL, Dean's List
  • 1993

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, B.Soc.Sc.


  • Barreau de Hull
  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association


  • “Consistency in tribunal decision making,” Mini LLB for Regulators (Federated Press), Faculty Member, Ottawa, September 2013
  • “The Duty to Consult in Practice: Natural Resource Development,” Investing in Aboriginal Canada (The Commons Institute), Ottawa, December 2013
  • Testifying Skills Workshop — Expert Witnesses, Advocates Society, Faculty Member, Ottawa, March 2013
  • “Clements v. Clements: Material Contribution to Risk or But For — Fingerpointing will get you nowhere,” Civil Litigation Updated 2012, County of Carleton Law Association, Mont Tremblant, November 2012
  • Doré v. Barreau du Québec,” case comment, [6 J.P.P.L. 583], 2012
  • “L’obligation de la Couronne d’accomoder les Premières Nations des décisions portant sur la gestion des ressources naturelles," (Insight), Montreal, September 2008
  • “Comparative Law — Quebec and Ontario: The Civil Litigation Process in the Province of Quebec,” Ontario Masters’ Association, Ottawa, 2008
  • “Pratical Tips on Casement and Drafting Motion Materials,” presented at the Excelling at Articles, Ottawa, September 2006
  • Excelling at Articles, Co-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Ottawa, September 2006
  • Excelling at Articles, Co-Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Ottawa, September 2005