Gabriel Poliquin

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613 983 8062


Bar admissions
Ontario (2011)
Quebec (2012)


BA (McGill)

PhD (Harvard) 

LL.B. (Ottawa)



Mandarin Chinese 


Gabriel is an experienced legal counsel and litigator, having worked for the past decade in a national law firm in Montreal and in a civil litigation boutique in Ottawa. In 2010-2011, Gabriel was law clerk to Mr. Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada. Gabriel holds a doctorate in linguistics from Harvard University, where he did research in Chinese syntax and French Canadian phonology. When not acting in public or commercial law matters, Gabriel teaches private international law as a lecturer at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.


Counsel work in trials and appeals as well as in cases with a political angle.


Civil litigation experience in a wide variety of private law matters. Gabriel represents individuals and businesses in commercial, employment and professional negligence litigation. Gabriel has also worked on land use planning and professional discipline matters.

Public law experience in many administrative and constitutional law cases, in particular language rights issues, issues related to judicial independence and ethics as well as issues relating to freedom of expression. Gabriel has a wealth of experience as a legal advisor to organizations and associations of minority Francophone communities.


Legal writing, teaching and speaking as the author of peer-reviewed articles and as lecturer in private international law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Gabriel is regularly invited as a speaker on language rights issues.



Ontario Bar (2011-present)

Quebec Bar (conseiller juridique canadien) (2012-present)

Law clerk to Justice Louis LeBel (2010-2011)

Selected publications

« La protection d’une vitalité fragile : Les droits linguistiques autochtones en vertu de l’article 35 », 2013 5-3 McGill Law Journal 573, 2013 CanLII Docs 265


« Les polices d’assurance-vie et la relativité contractuelle », 2012 43-1 Ottawa Law Review 95, 2012 CanLII Docs 83

Federal Courts Watcher – Canadian Standards Association v Pharma Plastic Industries Inc.CanLII Connects


Federal Courts Watcher – Western Oilfield Equipment Rentals Ltd and and FP Marangoni Inc. v M-I L.L.C. CanLII Connects


Federal Courts Watcher – Bacon St-Onge v Conseil des innus de Pessamit et al. CanLII Connects 


Member of the 10+ Standing Committee, Advocates’ Society

Member, Canadian Bar Association 

Member, Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario

Board member, Ottawa Art Gallery

Board member, Association des Boursiers Ricard