Me Marie-France Ouimet is a lawyer at Goldwater, Dubé who obtained her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Montreal and graduated in 2014. She first joined us as a litigation consultant in 2016 and then completed her graduate studies under the supervision of the Dean of McGill University, Professor Robert Leckey.
During her studies, Me Ouimet completed an internship under the Honorable Justices Pierre-Claude Gagnon and Sophie Bourque of the Québec Superior Court. Me Ouimet was also involved at the Juripop Legal Clinic as a project manager for the Advocacy Competition by organizing mock trials for its 150 participants. In addition, she acted as research assistant and proof-reader for professors Amissi Manirabona, Alain Roy and Donato Centomo. In particular, under the supervision of Professor Roy, she wrote comments on articles regarding filiation, adoption and parental authority in the first edition of the Annotated Civil Code co-written by Honourable Justice Benoît Moore of the Court of Appeal of Quebec.
Me Ouimet completed her internship at the Laval legal aid office where she dealt with a large volume of cases in family, housing, personal, administrative and mental health law. She then chose to join the team at the Montreal Legal Aid Office to practice criminal, mental health and youth law.
Me Ouimet was then approached by the Director of Youth Protection of Laval to join their litigation department that was then seized of several urgent and sensitive files.
A highly sophisticated jurist with deep intellectual foundations and litigation experience, Me Ouimet is driven by her passion to represent vulnerable clients against state intervention in their personal lives.
Her practice focuses on litigation in youth protection, criminal law, custody, kidnapping, parental alienation, deprivation of parental authority, conflicts related to the exercise of parental authority, children’s rights, and third party access rights.