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Kurt A. Johnson

514 935-5755
Assistant: Manon Sansoucy
514 935-4460 extension 222

Languages : English and French

Quebec Bar — 1992

Kurt represents corporations, organizations and individuals alike in civil and commercial disputes. Kurt also acts in matters relating to real-estate development and construction, shareholder disputes, professional liability and breach of contracts. He is often called upon to advise clients on delicate issues involving personal integrity.

Kurt joined IMK in 1998. Through the years, he has gained invaluable experience in multiple areas of law, often new and emerging ones, which have broadened his professional perspective and legal vision, allowing him to identify novel ways to solve complex problems. Litigation is at the heart of his practice, as is crisis management.

Representative work

Kazemi Estate v. Islamic Republic of Iran: Estate and son of the late photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi, at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada, challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s State Immunity Act in so far as it bars Civil redress for torture.

Quebec (Attorney General) v. Herrmann-Busson: Herrmann-Busson in a dispute with the Provincial Crown over the ultimate ownership of an abandoned rail bed and the interpretation of deeds dating back to the early 1900’s

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake  (MCK) v. Isaacs et al.: MCK in connection with the decision-making powers of First Nations Band Councils in general, and the interpretation of a Tripartite Policing Agreement entered into with the Federal and Provincial Crowns in particular.

Certain underwriters at Lloyd’s v. Rhind: Rhind in a suit against a professional liability insurer in connection with fraudulent acts committed in the financial services industry.

Grant v. Dion: Grant in relation to the applicability of oppression and other shareholder type remedies in the realm of Quebec company law and in particular as regards limited partnerships.

Immoparc et al. v. Katz: Immoparc et al., foreign real estate investors, in the context of a professional liability suit against Quebec land surveyors.

Concupisco Inc. v. Société en commandite 407 McGill: Concupisco Inc. to obtain orders for conveyance of title (passation de titre) in the context of a strategic real estate development in Old Montreal.


B.C.L., McGill University, 1991
LL.B., McGill University, 1991
B.A., Economics, McGill University, 1987

Industry recognition

Named in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada for his work in the following areas: Appellate Practice and Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Construction Law

Co-recipient with Mathieu Bouchard of the 2010 LEXPERT Zenith International Human Rights Pro Bono award for his work on the Kazemi Estate v. Islamic Republic of Iran case


Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society

Professional activities

Chairman of Bishop’s College School, 2008-2013; Director, 2004 — 2013

Chairman of the MAB-Mackay Foundation, 2006-2008; Director, 2003 — 2008

President of Lupus Quebec 1995-1998; Director, 1994 — 1998

Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal for Concordia University, 2003-2005


Lecturer in International Arbitration at the École du Barreau du Québec, 2010-2014

Lecturer in Trial Advocacy at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, 2003-2005

Speaking Engagements

Speaker and panelist at the National Heads & Chairs Conference of the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) on topic of sexual misconduct in school settings (Ottawa, October 15, 2016)

Provided Quebec perspective in CBA webinar entitled: Summary Judgment Post-Hyrniak: The Supreme Court of Canada’s “Cultural Shift” in Civil Justice (Montreal, February 2014)

Speaker and panelist at Université de Montréal conference entitled: Regulation and the Common Law (Montreal, May 2013)

Speaker and panelist at the 38th Annual Congress of the Canadian Council on International Law (Ottawa, November 2011)

Speaker and panelist at the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) conference entitled: Introduction to the Mechanisms of International Justice (Montreal, October 2010)

Speaker and panelist at the CCIJ conference entitled: Universal Jurisdiction and Canadian Civil Courts: Strategic Directions (Ottawa, November 2008)