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 fully bilingual (French and English) and bijural partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. Benoit practises primarily in civil and commercial litigation, administrative law litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, and insurance defence litigation in Ontario and Québec, in addition to mediation and arbitration services.

As a litigator with broad interests, Benoit’s practice includes representing clients in subject areas ranging from construction law, estate law, insurance law, intellectual property law, consumer protection law and real estate litigation, to shareholder litigation, injunctions, oppression applications, not-for-profit litigation and international private law litigation. Benoit is also a member of the firm's Expropriation Law Group and Municipal Law Group.

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 all levels of court in Ontario, Quebec and in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Benoit’s vast experience in resolving disputes in and out of court helps clients achieve their objectives through strategic and creative thinking.

Benoit is a part-time civil procedure professor in the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law’s Canadian Law Program, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Political and Parliamentary Law, and is an avid guitarist.

Career & Recognition

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  • 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 Ontario
  • 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