About Ponce Avocats


Jean-Philippe Ponce LL.B., MBA

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Me. Ponce completed his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration degrees in 2008 at the University of Sherbrooke. He graduated from the École du Barreau du Québec the following year.

Me. Ponce is also an accredited mediator in civil, commercial and labour mediation since the beginning of 2018.

Throughout his academic and professional background, Me Ponce has aquired extensive experience in labour and corporate law, civil and commercial litigation, all while leveraging his conflict resolution skills.


Claude Coursol (LL.B.)

450 666-8425 (ext. 348)


Having been called to the Barreau du Québec in 1982, Me Coursol acquired a solid experience before both administrative and judicial tribunals, as well as before arbitration committees.

Without abandoning other areas of law, Me Coursol has over the years concentrated his practice in real estate law, construction law as well as in arbitration involving GCR guarantee plans.  Concurrently, he has developed a sought-after expertise in passenger transportation law, namely by car taxi. To this effect, he regularly pleads before the Commission des Transports du Québec.

Me Coursol's collaboration is regularly solicited by the media to interpret and explain legal concepts. Moreover, he regularly acts as a lecturer or speaker.  Finally, he also collaborates in the writing of legal publications intended for the general public.


Valérie Lessard (LL.B.)

450 666-8425 (ext. 349)

Me Lessard obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and was admitted to the Bar in 2004. Passionate about law and entrepreneurship, it is in construction and real estate law, particularly with contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers that she has chosen to focus her career in residential, commercial and institutional construction law. She also represents individuals in residential, real estate and civil construction law disputes.

Me Lessard pleads before the common law courts and administrative tribunals. Pleading before the courts is for her a great source of motivation in her practice. She also seeks the best avenue for her clients by using negotiation tools in her cases.

Me Lessard also worked at the beginning of her career as a political attaché at both the provincial and federal levels.


Jonathan Dupuis (LL.B, MBA)

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Me Dupuis holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), which he completed in 2018, at HEC Montréal and a law degree (LL.B.), which he completed in 2011.

He has many years of experience in the field of business law, corporate law, purchase and sale of companies. After having been an entrepreneur for more than 5 years, he understands the realities and needs of younger companies which in turn allows him to strategically support them in their growth.

During his MBA, Me. Dupuis specialized in corporate strategy. He is passionate about his work, motivated by ambitious results, with a global and coherent vision of the issues at stake. Me. Dupuis is a member of the Aile Relève de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de la MRC de Deux-Montagnes, whose mission is to support entrepreneurs.

Me. Dupuis joined our team in March 2019, and we are proud to be able to count on his experience and expertise.

Social implications :

Aile Relève de la Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de la MRC de Deux-Montagnes

Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thérèse-de-Blainville

Member of the Order of Chartered Administrators (Adm. A)


Valentin Tanasescu LL.B.

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After having successfully completed his articling at Ponce Avocats in March 2019, Me Tanasescu pursued his legal career as a lawyer with the firm.

Throughout his academic career, Me Tanasescu has been involved in various student projects, including as secretary on the Lawyers Without Borders Committee in the Université de Montréal division and as a member of the first iteration of the legal clinic of the Québec Bar School in collaboration with the Court of Québec.

Having developed his conflict resolution skills having worked for one of Canada's five major banks, Mr. Tanasescu now focuses on corporate law and more specifically on contract negotiations and legal writing.


Marc-André Michaud LL.B.

450 666-8425 (exr. 352)


Me Michaud practices civil and commercial litigation and, more specifically, construction, real estate and condominium law.

As part of his practice, Mr. Michaud counsels and represents several syndicates of co-ownership, as well as several construction contractors and individuals in latent defects claims.

Mr. Michaud also has a keen interest in administrative litigation, particularly in matters of public contracts and environmental litigation. He is currently completing a second cycle university degree in environmental mediation at the University of Sherbrooke.

A graduate of University of Montreal, where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws as well as a second Bachelor of International Studies, his university career has also led him to study International Law in Italy, France and China.

In addition to his legal training, Me Michaud has also been a city councillor for the City of Terrebonne since 2017, this role also enabling him to better understand the mechanisms of municipal government and public administration.


Jacinta Nakhleh LL.B.

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Mtre Nakhleh joined the team at Ponce Avocats in 2021 after having successfully completed her internship for the École du Barreau.

Her practice is mainly focused on civil and commercial litigation. In the course of her practice, Mtre Nakhleh is often called upon to represent individuals and companies before the Quebec courts.

A graduate of the University of Sherbrooke (LL.B.), she was involved as both president and faculty advisor of the ModelUN committee, earning several awards at the renowned international conference National Model United Nations.

Adaptable and cooperative, Mtre Nakhleh knows how to establish practical solutions adapted to her clients’ needs.


Caroline Filion

Legal and Administrative Assistant
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Caroline is a graduate of the University of Montreal, with a major in psychology.  She also obtained a minor in social sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

She has more than 10 years of experience in various law firms on Montreal’s North Shore, which were specializing in both civil and commercial litigation as well as in corporate law.

Whether it is to assist us on a daily basis, follow up with our clients, handle the day-to-day administration of the firm or prepare and review files, Caroline is essential to the proper functioning of our team.


Samantha Alexandris

Legal Technician


Having graduated from University of Ottawa’s civil law faculty, Samantha supports Ponce Avocats’s legal team in a pragmatic and effective manner. Before joining the team, she dedicated her summers to completing different internships in the fields of notarial law and finance around Montréal.

Having worked with many lawyers and notaries, she is very passionate about law and has her sights on passing the Québec Bar. She is particularly interested in corporate law and commercial litigation and aspires to become a well-rounded lawyer capable of offering clients creative and effective solutions.


Company History

Beginnings in Istanbul

Me Ponce began his career by practicing commercial and immigration law in Hong Kong for a year, after which he moved to pursue his work in Istambul, Turkey.

He opened a first practice in Istanbul in a market where a large volume of Chinese workers were beginning the process of economic immigration.


Returning to Quebec

He represented immigrant investors who wanted to contribute to the country’s economy by moving to Québec by benefiting from the program ran in collaboration with Canadian financial institutions

The commercial aspect of this venture has contributed to the development of his practice in commercial litigation and economic immigration by applying several principles of administrative law.

Me Ponce practice evolved to litigation and conflict resolution in both labor and administrative law.


Opening his practice

Me Ponce then worked in a renown frim based in Laval where he mainly focused on real estate for the benefit of SMB`s clients, as well as gathering experience in both the construction and commercial industries.

Strongly implicated in his community, Me Ponce became a well-known figure in Laval’s commercial community.

He has notoriety in both the Chamber of Commerce of Laval,  Chambre des notaires, as well as with his alumni colleagues.

Now head of his own firm, Me Ponce works closely with a team composed of 6 lawyers, a paralegal, two legal assistants, an administrative assistant and an external legal counsel.

Équipe / Retour au Québec
Équipe / Création de son cabinet

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