Francis is the Practice Group Leader for the Blakes Montreal office litigation group. He has considerable experience in several areas of commercial litigation, including product liability, contract law, corporate litigation and shareholder disputes, securities and related regulatory litigation, construction and real estate litigation and has acted in the defence of insurance carriers and insurance brokers, and various creditors and debtors in relation to large restructuring matters. He has extensive knowledge of class action defence work in the fields of product liability, price fixing, consumer contracts and financial institutions. Francis represents clients in trials and appeals at all levels of courts, including the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also acted as counsel for clients in ad hoc arbitration proceedings and under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and based on the UNCITRAL model law for international commercial arbitrations. Francis is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He also served as a member of the Montreal Bar's Liaison Committee with the Federal Court of Canada.