Nexl.com 1978 – founded a law firm in which I still practice as a senior partner with my partner Brigitte Gauthier with my two kids Maxime and Chanel who were both called to the bar in 2012 and who are in the process of continuing the growth of our firm which now counts over 55 members including 35 lawyers and notaries.
1979 – started and is still involved in franchise law representing franchisors and franchisees in all aspects of their legal needs including avoiding or getting involved in litigation.
Admission to the Bar
– Québec Bar, 1978
– LL.L., University of Ottawa, 1977; – Canadian Trademarks agent, 1978; – D.E.Sp. in Commercial Law, Université de Montréal, 1987; – Adm. A., Division of Accredited Franchise Experts, 1995; – Accredited Arbitrator in Civil and Commercial Law, 2003; – Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial Law, 2004.
Areas of Practice – Me Alepin practices in Commercial and Civil Law, in Franchising Law and also in other related fields; – Me Alepin has taught for over 10 years the Business Law introductory class at the Center for Local Development of Laval; – He also gives and has given many lectures on Franchising Law, Commercial Law and related commercial matters.
Professional affiliations is or was
– Member of the Quebec Bar, 1978; – Member of the Canadian Bar Association; – Member of the Laval Bar; – Member of the Montreal Bar; – Member of the American Bar Association; – Member of the Quebec Franchise Council; – Member of the Canadian Franchise Association; – Member of the Québec Order of Chartered Administrators; – Member of the Canadian Institute of Patents and Trademarks (1996-1999); – Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Order of Chartered Administrators (originally as a Member Accredited in Franchising); – Member of the Laval Chamber of Commerce and Industry; – Member of the Board of Directors of the Chambre de commerce de d’industrie de Laval from 2013 to 2017; – Member of the Bar of Quebec Sub Committee on quotas in 1995-1996 – President of the Laval Bar, 1994-1995; – Member of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association, Quebec region; – Member of the Fédération Informatique du Québec, now known as Réseau Action TI since 1999; – Member of the Quebec Construction Association, metropolitan region; – Member of the Transport Professionals Association; – Member of the Board of Directors of the Regional association of CPAs for Laval Laurentides Lanaudière; – Head of the committee of experts for the Conseil québécois de la franchise; – Member of the Aéroports de Montréal advisory committee since 2009; – Member of the Regroupement des gestionnaires en ressources humaines de Laval; – Member of the Professional and Business People Associations of Quebec; – Member of the Laval-sur-le-Lac golf club's since 1998 and member of the Board of Directors since 2012; – Member of the Fonds Jeunes Promoteurs scholarship committee; – Member of l’Institut de médiation et arbitrage du Québec.
Conferences and publications – Has given multiple conferences at the International Franchise Show and the Franchise Show of Montreal; – Conference for Microsoft Canada and Oracle Canada, «Sarbanes-Oxley, From this side of the Border», 2004-2005; – Training courses for Introduction to law at the Center of Local Development of Laval, 2001-2011; – Articles written for l’Info-Québec, Le Courrier de Laval and others, particularly on information technology and on franchising; – Multiple articles notably in the Journal Les Affaires, Le Réseau Juridique du Québec, Québec Franchise, Planète Franchise and BetheBoss; – Over the years, gave several seminars and conferences, as well as published several columns and articles in various publications; – Recording of 13 television programs aimed at popularizing the Civil Code of Quebec of 1994; – Hosting a webinar and a roundtable as part of the activities of the Canadian Franchise Association.
Pro bono – President of the Board of directors of the Foundation for Spinal Cord Research; – Member of the Board of directors of the Association of CPAs of Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudiere; – Honorary President of the Rencontre Théâtre Ados, a theater program for teenagers; – President of the André-Grasset College Foundation.
Awards and recognition – Bâtonnier of the Bar of Laval for 1994-1995; – Best Lawyers in Canada, since 2005 in franchise law and since 2011 in commercial law; – Governor for life of l’Entraide Bois-de-Boulogne; – Governor Emeritus of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec; – Recipient of the Prix Reconnaissance 2012 of the Laval Bar; – Alepin Gauthier Avocats, Recipient of the Company of the Year / Members' Choice award in 2009 for the Laval Chamber of Commerce and Industry; – Recipient of the 2018 Hommage du Conseil québécois de la franchise.
Philanthropy – Honorary presidency of the prestige concert of February 7, 2018 for the the Laval Symphony Orchestra; – Creation of the Alepin Gauthier Business Law Fellowship for the University of Ottawa; – Member of the Board of Directors of the Laval Symphony Orchestra; – Honorary Presidency in 2018 for the Laval Symphony Orchestra ; – Co-chair with his daughter Me Chanel Alepin of the Gala des chefs for the benefit of the Canadian Cancer Society of Quebec, 2013 edition; – Former President of the Fondation du Collège André Grasset; – Vice-President of the 2011 major fundraising campaign of the Cité de la Santé Foundation; – Co-president of the Gala de la Santé, 2012 edition with his son Me Maxime Alepin; – Honorary President for the La Belle-Aide Foundation golf tournament in 2004; – Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Spinal Cord Research (2003 to April 2010); – Member of the Board of Directors of the Foyer Rousselot des Soeurs grises de Montréal; – Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the Regional Association of Recreation for Handicapped People of Laval; – Honorary presidency of the Lions de Laval golf tournament; – Legal adviser of Entraide Bois-de-Boulogne; – Legal adviser of the Church of Saint-Sauveur; – Ambassador and Legal Advisor of the Scouts Association of Canada.
François has experience in the following areas:
Commercial, Commercial (general), construction and infrastructure, Corporate, Corporate (general), Employment / labour (general), Employment / labour law and pensions, Franchising, Intellectual property (general), Intellectual property and technology, Notaries / apostilles, Notary, Real estate, Real estate (general)
François has previously helped clients in the following industries:
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