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Janet Michelin, TEP

514 934-7726
Assistant: Gioconda Mejia
514 935-4460 extension 282

Languages: English and French

Quebec Bar — 1997

Janet has been with IMK since 1997. She has gathered a wealth of experience in employment law as well as in trust and estate law, while continuing to practice in general civil and commercial litigation. She regularly counsels both employers and employees on a variety of matters, including severance, terminations, issues relating to the duty of loyalty, non-solicitation and non-competition and injunctions.

Her practice has led her to represent a variety of individuals in often delicate situations, but also to regularly represent and advise mandataries, estate liquidators and trustees on their legal obligations. She is currently co-lecturer at McGill University, where she teaches Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Representative work

Estate of Tilden: The Estate in Declaratory Judgment proceedings declaring that cash received by the Deceased’s relative was not a gift and therefore belonged to the Estate.

Heeg v. Hitech Piping: Heeg in a claim for shareholder oppression after he was dismissed without cause and removed from the Defendant company.

XPO v. FLS Transport: group of 11 employees in injunction and damage proceedings against their former employer for alleged breaches of their duties of loyalty, non-solicitation and non-competition.

Morgan v. Atwater Club: Morgan in a claim for severance after successive fixed-term employment contracts over a period of seventeen years were not renewed.

Parent v. Stocola (Succession de): legal heirs of an estate in a contestation of the validity of a joint will executed by their brother, leading to the first Court of Appeal decision on Article 704 of the Civil Code of Quebec on joint wills.

Palnick v. Ben-Zion Rosenfeld (Estate of): estate of a former liquidator being sued for negligence by an heir.

Harris Estate v. Salomon: Salomon against allegations of professional negligence for having recommended that an estate client use the services of Earl Jones, who defrauded the estate.

Teolis v. Iacono: investor suing his investment advisor and insurer for professional negligence.


B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 1996
B.A. in English Literature, McGill University, 1992

Industry recognition

2021 Best Lawyers in Canada: Trusts and Estates and Labour and Employment Law

2018, 2019 and 2020 Best Lawyers in Canada: Trusts and Estates


Canadian Bar Association
Lord Reading Law Society
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
The Advocates’ Society

Professional activities

President of the Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the CBA, Quebec Branch, 2018-2019

Member of the Executive Committee, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section of the CBA, Quebec Branch, 2013-2018

Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), 2017

Member of the Justicia Project group of representatives, 2017 to present

Lord Reading Society, Board member, 2010-2016

Share the Warmth, Board member 2004-2017, Chair 2014-2016


Co-Lecturer with Catherine McKenzie of Trial Advocacy Course at McGill University, 2016-present

Speaking Engagements

«Où sont les femmes aînées en droit?», LEAF FAEJ Québec, webconference, January 29, 2021

Step Canada (Montreal Branch) 2021, Law and Tax Review, January 21, 2021

Langdon Hall: Organizing Committee for 2020 Senior Practitioners Estate Planning & Litigation Forum

Step Canada 21st National Conference, « Practitioners’ Update – Trust & Estate Law », June 2019

Canadian Bar Association, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, Les revues jurisprudentielles: testaments, successions et fiducies, September 2018

Step Canada 19th National Conference, “Practitioners’ Update – Trust & Estate Law “, June 2017

Canadian Bar Association, Wills, Estates and Trusts Section, Revue des décisions marquantes de 2014 et 2015 en droit des successions et fiducies, 2016 and 2017

Canadian Bar Association, Labour and Employment Law Conference, ‟Summary Dismissal: the Quebec Perspective”, 2011