The Honourable René LeBlanc
The Honourable René Leblanc, was a lawyer with the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa, and was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court on April 11, 2014.
Mr. Justice LeBlanc received a Bachelor of Civil Law from Université Laval in 1979 and was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1980. He worked in private practice with the law firm of Lazarovitch, Cannon, Lemelin & Rourke in Québec City before joining the Legal Services Unit of the Secretary of State of Canada in 1982. In 1986, he joined the Department of Justice Canada as a litigator and was appointed Senior General Counsel in 2006. In that capacity he appeared before all levels of court.
During his time with the Department of Justice he was designated as one of a small group of lawyers to represent the Attorney General of Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada. He was also a member of the national committee responsible for reviewing all aspects of litigation before the Supreme Court of Canada involving the government of Canada. His main area of practice was civil litigation and constitutional law.
Justice LeBlanc has been a frequent conference speaker to his colleagues at the Department of Justice and has served as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Civil Law. He is also co-author of a book on the recourses and procedure before the Federal Courts (Letarte, Veilleux, LeBlanc et Rouillard-Labbé, Recours et procédure devant les Cours fédérales, Montréal, LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2013). This book was published in 2013 and is the only publication in the French language dealing with that subject matter.