After graduating from the Université de Montréal (B.Sc., Industrial Relations), Mtre Brais went on to study law in 1984 at McGill University, earning her degree in 1987.
Her background in labour relations soon led her to represent clients before administrative tribunals and to negotiate collective agreements. After she was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1988, Mtre Brais chose to practice family law and, in 1993, founded the firm that was to become Brais & Associés.
As executive director of the firm, Mtre Brais handles mostly complex cases.
Since 1988, Mtre Brais has gained extensive experience in family litigation. Over the years, she has pleaded both in Superior Court and the Court of Appeal numerous divorce cases involving elements of commercial law, private international law where foreign procedures and laws come into play, specific problems related to patrimonies by appropriation (various trusts), estate planning, reconstitution of real income following the exposure of hidden sources of income or assets, foreign assets or secret agreements.
In addition, Mtre Brais has handled complex child custody cases involving such wide-ranging problems as parent alienation, relocation of the custodial parent, child kidnapping or child abuse, during which an array of experts were required.
Her experience, creativity and persistence have also benefited her clients by reaching out-of-court settlements through direct negotiations or numerous Settlement Conferences with the Superior Court and Judicial Mediations with the Court of Appeal.
Mtre Brais has been involved with the Bar of Montreal, as a member of the Comité de liaison avec la Cour supérieure en matières familiales, from 2006 to 2009, and as chair, for two years, of a subcommittee on Safeguard Orders.
Mtre Brais is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association. She is perfectly bilingual.
Mtre STÉPHANIE FAUVEL, LL.B.
A graduate from the Faculty of Law of Université de Montréal in 2009, Mtre Fauvel joined the firm in 2009 and assumed an attorney position in 2010.
Mtre Fauvel represents clients before the Superior Court in all matters relating to divorce, child custody, child support and spousal support.
Additionally, as a committed member of the firm, Mtre Fauvel provides assistance to Mtre Brais in complex cases and during trials involving intricate issues. With the firms’ intermediary and senior lawyers, Mtre Fauvel is also involved in the drafting of factums for the Québec Court of Appeal as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mtre STÉPHANIE DOUVILLE, LL.B.
A member of the Quebec Bar since 2011, Mtre Stephanie Douville practices in the fields of family law and civil litigation. Her expertise extends to all legal issues arising from a divorce or a separation. Mtre Douville also advises and represents clients in a wide range of contentious matters, including contractual recourses and claims for hidden defects.
Mtre Douville is known for her capacity to define legal problems. Her dedication, deep insight into client’s needs and strong analytical skills enable her to provide valuable legal advice with respect to both litigious strategy and negotiated agreements.
A graduate of the Faculty of Law of Université du Québec à Montréal in 2010, Mtre Douville joined the firm of Brais & Associés in 2018 and is a member of the Association des avocats et avocates en droit familial du Québec.
Mtre Douville practices law in both French and English.
Mtre SARAH SHINDER, B.Com, LL.B., LL.M.
Mtre Sarah Shinder graduated from McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke.
Mtre Shinder primarily works on cases where the dissolution of the matrimonial regime is complex in addition to cases involving private international law and constitutional law issues. Mtre Shinder also drafts leave applications and factums of appeal.
Prior to joining Brais & Associés, Mtre Shinder clerked for the Honorable Bess Nkabinde, formally Acting Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, in Johannesburg. She obtained a Master of Laws with concentrations in Common Law and transnational law during which time she worked as an intern for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, DC.
During law school, Mtre Shinder participated in the Laskin Moot, an annual national moot court competition in Canadian administrative and constitutional law. Mtre Shinder also holds a Bachelor of Commerce with concentrations in finance and international business.
Mtre Shinder practices law in English and French. She is a member of the Young Bar Association of Montreal and the Association des avocats et avocates en droit familial du Québec.
JUSTINE CHAPUT, LL.B.
Justine joined the Brais & Associés team in 2016 and will complete her articles at the firm beginning January 2019.
Justine completed her Bachelor of Laws at Université de Montréal, during which time she was recognized for her academic excellence and appeared on the Dean’s List of the faculty of Law.
During her studies, Justine clerked for judges of the Superior Court of Montreal, acted as a mentor for students of the Faculty of Law and was a member the Conjoints de Fait Project, initiated by the University of Montreal section of Pro Bono Students Canada.
Dominique Leduc is Mtre Brais’s legal assistant. She also provides support to the other firm’s lawyers. She acts as a front-line resource for anyone who contacts the firm to hire the services of a lawyer and is responsible for general office organization.
Rollande Parent is the firm’s finance coordinator. She is responsible for client billing and the firm’s accounting. She also oversees the relationships with suppliers and clients.
JENNA ALBANESE, B.A.
Jenna is a law student. She is currently completing her law degree at Université de Montréal. Prior to entering law school, Jenna completed a B.A. (with distinction) from Concordia University, with a major in political science and a minor in law and society.
Emmanuelle is a law student. She is currently completing her law degree at Université de Montréal. She was a member of the YWCA’s legal clinic as well a member of the Université de Montréal’s mediation clinic.