Francis is the Practice Group Leader for the Blakes Montréal 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 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 Montréal Bar's Liaison Committee with the Federal Court of Canada.