The legal team of the James Bay Cree for the last quarter century is joining with a high-powered Montreal law firm. Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) has announced that Mainville & Associates were signed up effective December 2, 2002.

Robert Mainville is joining Gowlings as a partner. Mainville practices mainly in the field of aboriginal law, although he has been working for more than 25 years in labour law, administrative and constitutional law, and commercial law. He is the principal negotiator of the recent New relationship agreement between the government of Quebec and the James Bay Cree. Mainville is also involved in the implementation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.

Also joining Gowlings as a partner is Johanne Mainville. She has been practicing aboriginal law for almost 20 years and has been involved in several major litigations and important negotiations in the areas of aboriginal law, and natural resources related to electricity, and forestry.

Guy Morin joins as an associate. Mr. Morin serves as secretary of various joint venture companies between aboriginals and industry. His areas of focus include business law, and aboriginal law. He has been involved in important negotiations related to the creation of partnerships between aboriginals and industry.

John Paul Murdoch, originally from Waskaganish, also joins as an associate. Mr. Murdoch serves as secretary and legal counsel to many Cree corporations and has conducted negotiations related to hydroelectric development. In addition to aboriginal law.