Luc Gratton is Partner in the Montreal office of Miller Thomson. His clientele consists mainly of local, national and multinational companies whom he serves in the fields of municipal, environmental and administrative law, as well as in labour and employment law. He also acts on behalf of these corporate clients before Quebec administrative tribunals and courts of law.
Luc counsels and represents municipalities, landowners of large properties, paragovernmental companies as well as promoters of residential, commercial, industrial and wind-power developments. He also advises industrial companies and professionals involved in the planning and execution of large-scale real estate ventures and in the operation of both their company and properties
He has a particular expertise in the compliance issues of these ventures such as companies and properties abiding by the applicable laws and regulations, issue and transfer of permits, federal, provincial and municipal certificates and authorizations, public calls for tenders, amendments to urban planning regulations, negotiation of protocol agreements with public authorities, negotiation of cost-sharing agreements for equipment and infrastructure intended to be transferred to public authorities, assignment of land for parks purposes, preservation of natural areas, expropriation and real estate appraisals, municipal taxation and assessments, first nation rights, private nuisance, environmental issues such as the characterization of soil, rehabilitation programmes, drafting and publication of contamination warnings, restricting the use of soils and decontamination, cartels and subsidies related to the decontamination, constitutional jurisdiction divisions, superficiary law contracts, emphyteutic leases, sales and easements and divided co-ownership of immovables.
He has given many lectures and published many articles on these topics, including “La compétence municipale en matière d'environnement et la navigation maritime” (Recent Developments in Municipal Law, 2011), “L'énergie éolienne au Québec" (2007 Energy Summit, Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association) and "La responsabilité du propriétaire, du vendeur et de l'acquéreur en matière de contamination des sols " (Canadian Bar Association, Section CCCA, 2011).
He is the Head of the Montreal Office Administrative Law Practice Group and a member of the National Conflicts of Interest Committee.