Nicolas Cayouette Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2008 - Quebec

Primary phone: +1 514-392-9427

Fax: +1 514-876-9027


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Primary office:  Montréal

Nicolas Cayouette

Nicolas Cayouette is a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office. He has been a member of the Litigation & Dispute Group since 2007. Nicolas holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal. Before joining Gowling WLG, he worked at a large Canadian pulp and paper company.

His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, insurance law and manufacturer's liability, as well as environmental and construction law.

Over the years, he has developed a specialized expertise in complex and technical disputes, namely in the areas of engineering and construction. Most notably, Nicolas has experience advising companies on various subjects regarding the development and design of mechanical and structural components, especially in the areas of wind energy and aeronautics. He also acts for engineers in civil litigation matters.

Over the course of his career, Nicolas has participated in many international arbitrations, including one conducted under the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Rules.

Recently, Nicolas has been particularly active in the area of public-private partnerships (infrastructure), having advised on and represented major players in large infrastructure projects, including the completion of Highway 30 in Québec.

Nicolas Cayouette's expertise is unique, and for this reason, he is a major asset in any matter involving engineering, development or design-related issues.

He practises in English and French.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Quebec
  • 2007

    • Education
      Université du Québec à Montréal, LLB
  • 2004

    • Education
      June 2004
      École Polytechnique de Montréal, B.Eng.


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Junior Bar Association of Montréal
  • Over the past several years, Nicolas Cayouette has been a volunteer Kyokushin karate teacher for both children and adults. He has also participated in various Kyokushin competitions and international conferences.
  • "Changement des normes en cours de projet : ce qu'il faut savoir" Magazine Poly - October 2016
  • "L'ingénieur témoin : conseils pour témoigner dans le cadre d'un procès" Magazine Poly - Summer 2015

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  • Nicolas has participated in many long-term arbitrations, including one conducted under the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Rules, where he acted for a wind turbine manufacturer.
  • He has repeatedly consulted and acted for integrated management software companies, particularly in litigations regarding software implementation.
  • He acted for companies in the oil and chemicals sectors in relation to a wide range of environmental questions pertaining to soil remediation and contamination.
  • He has acted for many clients on matters pertaining to latent defects and construction defects, and has also acted for insurance companies with regard to loss recovery.
  • He has appeared before most courts dealing with civil matters as well as before specialized courts.
  • He frequently acts for various professionals - namely engineers and consultants - with respect to civil liability claims brought by former clients or third parties. These matters include a wide scope of highly technical and complex issues ranging from structural failures to fires.
  • He participated in several settlement conferences, mediation sessions, arbitrations and negotiation sessions that led to the effective and lower cost settling of technical and complex matters.
  • He provided assistance in conducting environmental due diligence in connection with the financing and acquisition of renewable energy companies, namely in the wind energy industry.