Death of a pillar of municipal law


Gilles R. Hébert passed away… Source: Alfred Dallaire Memoria

Gilles R. Hébertmunicipal lawyer then municipal court judge, died at the age of 90.

The former judge, born in Verdun, held a law degree from the University of Montreal. Admitted to the bar in 1958, he quickly specialized in municipal law.

In 1960, Gilles R. Hébert became a partner with specialists in the field, Me Eme Lacroix and me Jacques Viau.

Two years later, he was appointed judge of the Municipal Court of Candiac, a position he held until 1966.

The lawyer represents municipalities of all sizes. In 1971, he chaired the Municipal Law Reform Commission, whose objective was to revise the Municipal Code, the Cities and Towns Act, and related laws. The Commission concluded its work by proposing a Code of Quebec municipalities in 1977. The government did not accept their proposal. But the work of the commission will have an influence on the evolution of the legal framework.

In 1983, Gilles R. Hébert co-founded the firm Dufresne Hébert Comeau, which would become DHC Avocats. The firm still specializes today in municipal law and labor law.

Gilles R. Hébert remained faithful to his firm until the age of 87. He eventually retired from his career while working there as a solicitor, which allowed him to accumulate 60 years of practice.

“During all these years, he was able to advise elected municipal officials with skill and wisdom; for all the members of the firm, he has been an inspiration and a model”, welcomes the firm DHC Avocats on its website. “Me Hébert has devoted his professional life to the municipalities of Quebec; he has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of municipal law in Quebec and has been a constant support for many municipal councils in Quebec. »

Going beyond the practice of law, Gilles R. Hébert became a lecturer in municipal law at the École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montréal. He chaired the Association of Social Service Centers of Quebec from 1970 to 1975. He was also Chairman of the Finance Commission of the Liberal Party of Quebec from 1978 to 1985.

This valued mentor was also a generous man. “All those who knew him appreciated Gilles Hébert: a man of quality and word; a man to be around: wise and loyal, determined and persevering, honest, fair and generous”, pays tribute to DHC Avocats.

Gilles R. Hébert was a member of the audit committee of L’Oeuvre Léger, which helps organizations that help vulnerable people.


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