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Our founder’s story

Our team success is the happy outcome of a personal experience

Discover the origins of the collective, as told by Pascale Pageau, founding president of Delegatus.
"The sense of pride I take in being part of such a happy group of lawyers is priceless. Like every good story, Delegatus stems from a dream. One that I share today with colleagues, friends, and over a hundred clients."
Leaving for glory

Like most of the Delegatus lawyers, I started my practice in a large firm where I worked alongside amazing mentors and where I was able to experience life as a professional with means. Eating at chefs’ tables, taking trips... up to this point, the work hard, play harder lifestyle was perfect for me!

A new reality

It was only after the birth of my first child, and the anticipation of my second in 2005, that things started to change. My commitment to being a great mom no longer fit with my high ambitions at work. I was torn. I felt guilty when away from work and guilty when away from home. At that point in time, I was no longer happy as a mother and neither as a lawyer. I had always dreamed of becoming a partner in a large firm… but at what price?

It begins with a dream

I started dreaming of a different, more agile business model. A model that could satisfy the most demanding business clients while also respecting the ambitions of freedom-hungry lawyers like me.

Determined to find a solution, I consulted lawyers in other firms, lawyers in companies, as well as several entrepreneurs and other business clients.

I asked them two simple questions:

  1. If you could completely reimagine legal services and law firms… what would you do differently?
  2. What would make you happy? As a lawyer? As a client?

And I listened.

Delegatus was born by listening to others.

Together, we reinvented the structure of the traditional law firm.

We developed a unique business model for lawyers who want to become masters of their practice. A win-win model that gives us the right to be truly happy. A model for both succeeding in life and living life.

Laughing lawyers in a meeting
A stimulating recognition

Pascale wins the Young Professionals of Quebec Award as part of the provincial contest Arista - Bank of Montreal sponsored by the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal. A stimulating recognition that propels Delegatus towards a promising future!

Innovation and evolution

After all the years of innovation and success, our collective spirit is more than ever intertwined with our passion. It drives us to surpass ourselves by exploring other ways of doing things and achieving success, ways that will always serve the common interest. Because everyone benefits from being happier while in business.

The aspirations of our clients and of our lawyers have shaped Delegatus in 2005, Delegatus today, and will continue to shape Delegatus in the future.

Our vision

Ask questions. Reinvent it. Promote evolution. For you, for us, for the collectivity.

And above all, to give ourselves the right to be happy! We have always been inspired by doing things differently and will keep it this way.

Delegatus. Business law. Only better.

Today, with more than 30 lawyers, the collective is considered a pioneer and leader of NewLaw in Quebec. The recognitions keep flowing.

Pascale Pageau named one of Canada's Top100 Most Powerful Women by WXN, Entrepreneur category, 2020

The Women’s Executive Network

Recognized as one of the 100 female leaders - Pascale Pageau

Magazine Entreprendre, 2018

Finalist for the Femmes d'affaires award, Entrepreneur category, Large company

Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec, 2017

Zenith Award

Magazine L’Expert, 2017

W100 of the best women entrepreneurs in Canada

Magazines PROFIT and Châtelaine, 2015 et 2016

Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

Magazine L’Expert, 2015

Litigation Lawyer to Watch

Magazine L’Expert, 2014

Canada's Top100 Most Powerful Women

The Women’s Executive Network, 2013

Prix Femme de Mérite, catégorie Entrepreneur

Fondation Y des femmes, 2013

Femme d’Influence de demain

La Presse, 2013

Incontournable de l’entrepreneuriat

Magazine Première en Affaires, 2013

Créatrice d’avenir et récipiendaire du prix spécial Créativité, vision et création de Delegatus, Concours Créateurs d’avenir

Journal Les Affaires, 2012

Prix de la Nouvelle entrepreneure

Provincial competition of the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires du Québec, 2008

Delegatus is a finalist for the Reisman Awards, in the Law Firm Innovation category

Clio, 2021

Delegatus is in the Palmarès des entreprises au féminin

Magazine Premières en Affaires, 2019, 2020 and 2021

Delegatus once again ranks among the top 10 regional law firms in Quebec according to the Canadian Lawyer Magazine, 2018 (and also in 2012)

Delegatus recognized as a growing company

Magazines Canadian Business and PROFIT, during these pivotal years

Paul Marcotte recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2011-2022

Stéphanie Beauregard recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015-2022

Josée Béliveau recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019-2022

Sophie Barry recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019-2022

Marie-Geneviève Masson recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2020-2022

Anik Fontaine recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2022

Annie J. Francoeur recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2022

Pascale Pageau recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada, 2022

Pascale Pageau is awarded the distinction of Avocate émérite du Barreau du Québec, 2018

Delegatus. Business law. Only better.

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