Mtre Au obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1995.  She began her practice at a boutique firm in Montreal specializing in commercial and civil litigation.
She served as the chief legal counsel for a successful Quebec company in the forestry sector.  Her pragmatic approach along with judicious and targeted advice contributed to the company’s strategic development process.

She launched her own firm in 2004, and has since joined Grondin Savarese’s team in April 2016 wherein she offers her experience in civil and commercial litigation to the firm’s clients.
Passionate about issues concerning access to justice, Mtre Au is involved in community organizations such as the Mile End Legal Clinic.

Mtre Au advocates a practical approach tailored to her client’s needs, both individuals and SME’s, by promoting realistic solutions to help them achieve their objectives.
Experienced, having developed an enviable legal intuition in a wide range of practice areas, Mtre Au pleads before various courts and administrative tribunals in Quebec.

Scope of practice: : Civil , commercial litigation


Karine Baes has been working at Grondin Savarese since the beginning of 2014.
She is our assistant-receptionist and is studying at the Université de Montréal to become a lawyer.

Barcelos Imparato

Paula Barcelos Imparato has been a lawyer since 2013 and has been working at Grondin Savarese since 2009.

She obtained a Bachelor of Laws in Brazil, where she worked for five years as a civil litigator. Established in Québec since 2006, she earned a Master of Laws from the Université de Montréal.

During her master’s studies, she was awarded a merit scholarship in civil law by the Fonds Monique Ouellette, as well as an essay scholarship by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Université de Montréal.

Last, but not least, she is a member of the board of directors of Inform’elle, a legal information and family mediation centre. She has been quoted in La Presse and has worked on high profile cases involving politicians.

Scope of practice: Civil litigation, Immigration.

Garcez Nunes Padilha

Letícia Garcez Nunes Padilha has been working as a paralegal at Grondin Savarese since 2010.

Previously, she focused her career in the fields of social, human rights, and environmental law. She has also been involved in defending the rights of the indigenous and of the Quilombola population in the south of Brazil, her native country. Furthermore, she worked as a paralegal for two years in commercial law and for one year as a civil litigator.

She obtained a Bachelor of Laws in Brazil, where she also earned a License in Social Sciences. She is currently enrolled at the Université de Montréal, in order to complete her equivalencies in view of becoming a lawyer in Québec.

Established in Quebec since 2008, she has worked in community organizations dedicated to the defense of social rights of the citizens of Québec.


Paul-Matthieu Grondin first worked as a lawyer for the House of Commons before joining the Oliphant Commission, mandated to investigate the commercial and financial dealings of the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney and Mr. Karlheinz Schreiber. He then worked as a lawyer for the Honourable Michel Bastarache during the commission of inquiry into the nomination process of judges. He has also penned articles for the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law.

He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke and a juris doctor from Queen’s University. In February 2009, Mtre Grondin joined forces with Roberto Savarese to found the Grondin Savarese law firm. Mtre Grondin has since been invited to speak at the Université de Sherbrooke, at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales of the Université de Montréal, at McGill University, at Université Jean Moulin III in Lyon, at the American Bar Association and at the Barreau du Québec.

In January 2014, Mtre Grondin won the first prize at the International Oratory Competition in Brussels, Belgium. On May 31, 2014, Mtre Grondin became the 115th president of the Young Bar of Montreal.

Scope of practice: Labour and employment law, Civil litigation, Administrative law, Constitutional law, Public inquiries.


Mada Liyous joined Grondin Savarese as an articling student in August 2016.

She obtained her law degree from the University of Montreal and spent her last semester of studies abroad at Université Lumière Lyon II.

Involved in various community organizations in her neighborhood, Mada presently sits on the board of directors of RePère. She is also a member of the Professional and International Development committee of the Young Bar of Montreal.


Jonathan Pierre-Étienne is a lawyer and a member of our team since 2014. He is a civil and commercial litigator. His practice leads him to plead in front of all tribunals of the province of Québec.

Mr. Pierre-Etienne obtained a Bachelor of laws from the University of Montreal as well as a Bachelor in communications with specialization in public relations from the Rutgers University in New Jersey. Prior to joining Grondin Savarese, Mr. Pierre-Etienne articled and worked in another leading Montreal law firm. He has also played professional football in Canada and in the United States and has always been involved in charitable causes.

Scope of practice: Civil and commercial litigation

R. Savarese

After working at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Roberto Savarese joined forces with Paul-Matthieu Grondin in February 2009 to launch Grondin Savarese.

Since then, Roberto has represented clients in shareholder litigation, corporate restructuring, incorporations as well as mergers and acquisitions, most notably in the fields of IT, pharmaceuticals, professional corporations as well as the retail industry.

His clients have sought his counsel on all their corporate affairs, from commercial leases to contractual structures on the operational level. Roberto also assists clients with their real estate transactions. Roberto has earned his Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke. He is very active in the Montreal community, and has served on the boards of the Italian-Canadian Jurists of Quebec and the Young Bar of Montreal as president of the Professional and International Development Committee. He has been involved with Project Boomerang which helps young immigrants with their integration and he currently sits on the Comité de la relève du Conseil de la transformation agroalimentaire du Québec.

Scope of practice: Business law, Commercial law, Contracts, Real Estate law, Commercial leasing.


Malika has articled at Grondin Savarese in 2015 and has joined the firm as a lawyer in the same year.

She has completed a civil law license and a Juris Doctor in common law at the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Masters in international law and international organisations from the École de droit de la Sorbonne.

Her interests for pleadings, mediation and arbitration have lead her to represents both her former universities in competitions in France and Romania.

Malika is a member of the Comité international et interprofessionel of the Young Bar of Montreal.


Before he held a law degree, Anthony studied political science and history at the Université de Montréal, while working at a major law firm, Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg, as a marketing assistant. He then received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Université de Sherbrooke, and was sworn in as a lawyer in 2008.

Anthony articled and started his career at Nelson Cameron Champagne prior to launching his solo practice where he also acted as in-house counsel for several publicly traded junior mining exploration companies.  Anthony joined Grondin Savarese in 2015.

Anthony advises his clients on all aspects of their business, may it be corporate and commercial matters, financing, incorporations, drafting of various contracts as well as mergers and acquisitions.  Anthony is a member of the Information Technology Committee of Young Bar Association of Montreal.