Dino Mazzone is a corporate/ commercial attorney and a Partner at Gattuso Bourget Mazzone.
An Honours graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law’s National Programme, having obtained both his Civil (B.C.L.) and Common Law (LL.B.) degrees in 1992, Mr. Mazzone thereafter attended the Barreau du Québec and has been a member in good standing of the Bar since 1993.
Prior to joining Gattuso Bourget Mazzone, Mr. Mazzone worked in private legal practice, in private business and in the not-for-profit sector. In addition to his legal background, Mr. Mazzone was Vice-President for a well-known Quebec transport company and Executive Director of a reputable charitable foundation.
Mr. Mazzone has developed considerable expertise as a transactional lawyer in the field of mergers and acquisitions (with a strong emphasis in the retail sector) in local, national and cross-border matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Mazzone has also developed core knowledge in shareholder/ partnership agreements, bank financings, licensing arrangements and franchising, having represented some of the leading franchisors in North America. Over 25 years, Mr. Mazzone’s key focus and clientele has been small-to-medium-sized companies, and he has regularly been a trusted business advisor and counsel to Boards of Directors.
Mr. Mazzone is a past President of the National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), and is NIABA’s first and only Canadian national chairman in its history. As a result of this nearly 20-year relationship with NIABA, Mr. Mazzone has developed an impressive network of legal, business and political contacts in the United States.
Mr. Mazzone is a municipal Councillor in the Town of Montreal West, responsible for the Public Security and Special Projects Fundraising portfolios. This is Mr. Mazzone’s third political mandate, having won municipal elections in 2005, 2009 and 2017. Active in the political arena, Mr. Mazzone was also the principal Montreal organizer for both the Kevin O’Leary and Maxime Bernier campaigns for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. And for 20 years, Mr. Mazzone has been a regular contributor of a weekly legal radio segment heard every Sunday morning on CJAD 800 AM Montreal called “The Law of Our Land”.
Mr. Mazzone is married to his wife Barbara, herself a lawyer, and is father to his three amazing boys, Julian, James and David.
IMPLICATIONS ET HONNEURS
- Speaker at the Generation Screwed Conference, May 2015, Montreal, Quebec – The Trials and Tribulations of a Municipal Councillor – Putting Principles Before Politics.
- Speaker at the Manning Networking Conference, March 2015, Ottawa, Ontario – What can the federal government and parties do to strengthen the confidence of small business in the economy?
- Speaker at AICJQ – Formation Barreau du Québec et Chambre des notaires du Québec Conference, June 2010, Montreal, Quebec Quebec’s Charter of the French Language: A Closer Look at Key Provisions.
- Speaker at Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP) Conference, May 2008, Montreal, Quebec
- The ABCs of Amalgamations and Rollovers.
- Speaker at Canadian Association of Paralegals (CAP) Conference, October 2003, Toronto, Ontario – Demystifying Quebec Law.
- “When words mean more than what they say: Quebec’s Charter of the French Language and the Rules of Doing Business in Quebec”, (2003), Canadian Business Franchise Handbook, p.?.
- “It’s not just what you say, but how you say it: Quebec’s Charter of the French Language and the Rules of Doing Business in Quebec”, (2002), Canadian Business Franchise Handbook, p.103.
- “Franchising In Canada: The Top 5 Things You Should Know” (with Norman Issley), (2002), May/June Franchise Canada, 22.
- “Quebec’s Charter of the French Language: Doing Business in Quebec”, (2001), Canadian Business Franchise Handbook, 184.
- “Competing Interests: The Right vs. the Obligation to Work in French”, (1999), 5:4 Canadian Business Franchise, 27.
- “Franchising Developments Around the World: Canada” (with Anne-Marie Gauthier and Lawrence M. Weinberg), (1998), International Bar Association.
- “The Business of Language: Proposed Amendments to Quebec’s Charter of the French Language”, (1996), 2:5 Canadian Business Franchise, 42.
- “The Franchise Network: Rights and Obligations from a Quebec Perspective”, (1996), Canadian Business Franchise Handbook, 96.
- “The Inviolability of the Franchise Relationship”, (1995), 1:9 Canadian Business Franchise, 42.
- “New Civil Code, French Language Charter will Impact on Franchising in Quebec”, (1994), 13:42 The Lawyers Weekly, 8.
- “Moving Forward in Québec – Legal Developments and their impact on the Franchise Business”, (1994), 1:1 Canadian Business Franchise, 36.
- November 2017, Elected Municipal Councillor, Town of Montreal West, Responsible for Public Security & Special Projects Fundraising (mandate completed in November 2021)
- November 2015 to April 2016, President of the Conservative Party of Quebec
- May 2013 to May 2015, President of the National-Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), first Canadian to hold the position since founding of organization in 1983
- March 2011, Appointed Special Advisor to the Leader of the Action Démocratique du Québec for the Island of Montreal
- December 2009 to present, On-Air Radio Guest every Sunday morning on Newstalk Leader CJAD 800 AM with Ken Connors – the Law of Our Land (weekly legal information segment previously ran from September 1999 to June 2006)
- November 2009, Elected Municipal Councillor, Town of Montreal West, Responsible for Administration and Buildings (mandate completed in November 2013)
- June 2006 to June 2008, On-Air Radio Host of the New 940 Montreal (940 AM) weekly legal affairs programme Sidebar with Dino Mazzone
- November 2005, Elected Municipal Councillor, Town of Montreal West, Responsible for Public Security & Buildings (mandate completed until August 2007)
- December 2004, Appointed as a Governor to the Fondation Communautaire Canadienne-Italienne du Quebec Inc., the philanthropic arm of the Italian community in Quebec
- October 2004, Elected member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian-Italian Business & Professional Association (CIBPA)
- June 2003, Co-Founder of the annual “Quintus” Montreal Italian Film Festival (launched in September 2004)
- June 2003, Elected as first Canadian lawyer to sit (and continue to sit) on Board of Directors of the National-Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)
- May 2002, One of founding members of Montreal’s first Canadian-Italian legal association (AICJQ)
- August 2000, First Canadian lawyer to become a member of the National Italian-American Bar Association (NIABA)
- February 1997, Delegate to Harvard Model United Nations, Boston, Massachusetts (Human Rights Committee – Canada)
- September 1994, Elected President of Optimist Club Rossini (Montreal-North) Inc. (Charitable Organization)
- November 1991, Co-Author of Comprehensive Constitutional Policy Paper submitted to Special Joint Committee of Canada’s Senate and House of Commons