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Laura Cárdenas (she·her·elle)

514 934-7727
Assistant: Naïma Louis
514 935-4460 extension 221

Languages: French, English, Spanish

Quebec Bar — 2019
Ontario Bar — 2020 

In addition to her general practice in civil and commercial litigation, Laura actively works on class actions, estates, employment, and constitutional law matters. As part of her practice, Laura represents both individuals and institutional clients. Laura has appeared before all levels of court in Quebec and has argued at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Laura also has experience, publishes, and gives conferences in the areas of family and Charter law, with a specific focus on discrimination and LGBTQ+ communities.

Laura joined IMK in 2021, after articling and practicing as a litigator with an international firm and serving as a law clerk for the Honourable Justice Sheilah L. Martin at the Supreme Court of Canada. During the course of her studies, Laura was the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Law Journal. She has received multiple awards for her legal articles and her involvement in faculty life.


B.C.L./LL.B. (Hons), McGill University, 2018
M.A. Asia Pacific Policy Studies, University of British Columbia, 2013
B.F.A. Film Studies (High Distinction), Concordia University, 2011


Law Clerk to the Honourable Sheilah L. Martin, at the Supreme Court of Canada, 2019-2020


Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Young Bar Association of Montreal

Professional activities

Researcher with the Private Law Working Group (Department of Legal Sciences, Faculty of Political Science and Law, UQÀM)

Member of the Advisory Committee, Quebec Bar Foundation (2021-2024)

Gouverneure de la relève (Young Governor), Quebec Bar Foundation

Recent publications

“Un/Related: Discrimination in Posthumous Conception for LGBTQ+ Families in Canada” (2021) 99:2 Canadian Bar Review 213 (Link)

“Lines Drawn in Blood: A Comparative Perspective on the Accommodation of Blended Families in Succession Law” (2020) 65:4 McGill Law Journal 573

“Married Couple, Single Recipient: Understanding the Exclusion of Gifts and Inheritances from Default Matrimonial Regimes” (2018) 31:2 Canadian Journal of Family Law 1

“Introduction” (2017) 62:3 McGill Law Journal 599 [Introduction to the special issue: Environment, Peoples, Power & the Law]

Speaking Engagements

“Blended Families in the Eyes of Comparative Succession Law”, presentation for the Quebec Bar Foundation (June 2020).

“‘This Is Not Your Child’: Posthumous Conception & Discrimination of LGBTQ+ Families in Canada”, presented at the 2019 UC Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Conference (Stockholm University, June 2019)

“Changing Laws, Unchanging Values: Adoption in the Legislature and the Courts, 1873–1960s”, presented at the Family and Justice in the Archives: Histories of Intimacy in Transnational Perspective Conference (Concordia University, 6-7 May 2019)