Matthew W.P. McLaughlin

Partner | Co-Department Head, Litigation


Matthew is a Partner and Co-Chair of KRB’s Litigation group. He has advised domestic and international corporations, banking institutions, lenders, insurers and other entities, both private and public, in connection with a variety of complex civil, commercial and corporate disputes.

Matthew joined KRB in 2021 after having gained substantial litigation experience over more than a decade at a prominent Montreal firm. He has acted on behalf of clients in a variety of matters, with significant experience in contractual conflicts, real estate litigation, construction law, shareholder disputes, mortgage remedies, loan recovery, commercial leasing and franchising, defamation, unjust dismissal and professional responsibility claims. Matthew has also advised clients in a broad range of matters related to business activities, including employment and technology claims.

Recognized as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation Canada in 2024, he has successfully represented clients before all judicial instances and forums, both in first instance and in appeal, and has negotiated favorable settlements in complex litigation cases through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and judicial settlement conferences.

Matthew is certified as an instructor by the Quebec Bar and has given conferences on civil procedure and abusive legal proceedings.

Representative Work

Commercial Leasing and Franchising – Soltron v. Café Vienne (2016): Court of Appeal decision regarding ability of a judgment creditor to seize in third hands the rent and/or franchise royalties payable by a sub-tenant/franchisee to landlords and franchisors

Shareholder Oppression and Remedies – Stark v. Friedman (2012): Superior Court (Commercial Division) judgment regarding interim damages and provision for costs granted to a shareholder for procedural abuse and to finance a forensic accounting expertise for financial irregularities

Hidden Defects and Warranties – Goldberg v. Khazzam (2018): Superior Court judgment regarding the grave legal consequences of tardy disclosure of defects and the prejudicial destruction of evidence in the context of environmental contamination

Hypothecs and Mortgage Recovery – Cayo v. National Bank of Canada (2013): Superior Court judgment regarding the reasonable conduct of a bank in connection with the recovery of amounts owing and the administration of mortgaged property

Construction and Sale Agreements – Habitation Chatelain v. Bourassa (2014): Superior Court judgment regarding the hybrid nature of residential construction/sale agreements and the criteria and consequences of cancelling such a contract

Defamation – Presse Chinoise v. Epoch Times (2010): Superior Court decision (later confirmed by the Court of Appeal in 2012) regarding the defense of public interest in the context of political commentary and reporting

Memberships and Affiliations

Quebec Bar

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Real Estate Litigation

Civil and Contractual Liability

Construction Law

Shareholder Disputes

Loans, Mortgages and Sureties

Leasing and Franchising

Defamation and Libel

Professional Responsibility

Labour and Employment Law


McGill University, LL.B., B.C.L. (2007)

University of New Brunswick, B.A. – Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies (2003)

Year of Call

Quebec Bar (2008)