Jules Brière has been in private practice in Quebec City since 1976. He has acquired a strong reputation in constitutional law, administrative law, health law and the law governing public lands (production, transmission and distribution of hydro-electricity; forestry and land management).
Mr. Brière has on many occasions advised governments, various ministries and public and parapublic agencies on the legal aspects of resource management and development in the public domain, the legal regime governing the preservation of agricultural land and agricultural activities, the rules on access to information and the protection of personal information, as well as the legal relations between the state and aboriginal nations. He has also advised and represented Crown corporations and private businesses and acted as a legal advisor on the implementation of large projects.
In addition, Mr. Brière has participated as a legislative drafter in the design, writing and review in parliamentary committee of a large number of government bills introduced in the National Assembly of Quebec. He is the author of a variety of publications dealing with administrative law and constitutional law.
From 1965 to 1970, he was a full-time professor in the faculty of law at Laval University in public law. From 1970 to 1976, he worked as assistant to the law clerk of the Quebec legislature and was also deputy minister of the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs. He has held the Louis-Philippe-Pigeon Chair in Legal Drafting at Laval University since 2006. In May 2009, he was awarded the title of advocatus emeritus (Ad. E.) by the Quebec Bar.