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Fasken Martineau celebrates one hundred years in Québec

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November 3, 2006


Montréal & Québec City - Events and festivities celebrating Fasken Martineau's 100th anniversary in Québec have kicked off with the opening of the exhibit entitled "Justice in New France : Crime and Punishment," which is being held at Montréal's Château Ramezay Museum until September 3, 2007. Interested in making this event available to the public and the legal community, Fasken Martineau agreed to support the museum in bringing this project to life and shed light on Québec's legal history.

The exhibit was officially launched on October 10, 2006 in the presence of the Honourable J.J. Michel Robert, Chief Justice of Québec and Francis Fox, Senator and Strategic Counsel at Fasken Martineau. 

Visit the Château Ramezay Museum's website

Numerous events will be held over the coming year as part of the centennial celebrations, both for members of the firm as well as for its clients, friends and the public at large.

This will therefore be a centennial that we wish to commemorate with pride in our past accomplishments and faith that the firm will continue to make an impact nationally and internationally for at least another hundred years to come.

The Centennial Signature

To emphasize the historical nature of the event, a new feature has been added to the firm's signature. This feature, placed to the right of the logotype, depicts the pages of an open book with its cover leaning to the right.

The signature evokes the pages of history that have been written by nearly 600 Québec lawyers and partners who have worked for the firm over the past hundred years. It is also a testament to the pages currently being authored by more than 200 lawyers and partners in Québec who practice at Fasken Martineau today. The signature leans to the right in a way that is resolutely turned toward the future.

The typography used is both modern and traditional.

A Few Pages of History

The firm was founded in 1907 by Henry Noël Chauvin and George Harold Baker, who set up shop at 179 Saint-Jacques Street in Montréal. In 1910, Harold E. Walker joined this young law firm, followed by Jean Martineau in 1919. The year 1920 marked the beginning of a prosperous period  for the firm, which counted eight lawyers - a considerable number for the time.

In the 1940s, the firm hired Georges A. Allison and Robert Walker, Harold's son. Together, they played a major role in the firm's development, particularly in terms of steering its growth toward commercial and tax law.

During the 1960s and 1970s, four events had a significant influence on the firm's evolution: the Universal Exposition of 1967, for which the firm provided legal services; the creation, with the help of the firm's lawyers, of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec; the James Bay hydroelectric project, on which the firm again advised the Government of Québec; and the structuring of the first retirement fund investments in Canadian oil properties.

From 1980 to 1990, the number of lawyers at Fasken Martineau reached 100. Additionally, in 1987, the firm established its first international office in London, which was then followed in 2000 by an office in New York. In 2003, Fasken Martineau became the first Canadian law firm to set up shop on the African continent when it opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

From 1991 to 2000, the firm built up solid teams to support its four main sectors of activity: business law; technology and intellectual property; litigation and dispute resolution; and labour, employment and human rights law.

In 2000, Fasken Martineau was born of the merger between Martineau Walker (Montréal), Fasken Campbell Godfrey (Toronto) and Russell & DuMoulin (Vancouver). This new entity became one of the largest firms in Canada.

Today, Fasken Martineau, which ranks among the four largest law firms in Canada (LEXPERT's 2006 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada), is a leading Canadian business and litigation law firm. With over 700 professionals, including 600 lawyers, the firm has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal and Québec City, as well as in New York, London, and Johannesburg. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is a limited liability partnership under the laws of Ontario, and is registered as such for the purposes of its professional activities in Québec.