Shadley Melançon was founded in 1967 by two young Crown attorneys. Over the years it became Shadley, Melançon & Boro, then became Shadley Battista and is now known as Shadley Costom. It is one of the oldest firms practicing criminal and penal law in Québec.
At the heart of our practice is an unwavering commitment to provide each client with the attention and service that he or she needs and deserves. We understand that these moments are some of the most important in your life. We take the time with you to explain the law and the procedure answer all your questions and provide a strategic roadmap to the legal challenges you face. Furthermore, Shadley Costom is a true partnership. When you retain a lawyer from Shadley Costom, you benefit from the resources and experience of an entire team of lawyers, each one with his or her particular skills and expertise.
The current partners at Shadley Costom have a combined 70+ years of experience in criminal defence. We represent clients charged pursuant to the Criminal Code, as well as in relation to statutory penal matters. We continue to plead cases at all levels of court including our municipal courts, the Court of Québec (adult and youth court), the Superior Court, the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. We also represent clients on disciplinary and ethics issues before the tribunals of professional orders, disciplinary committees of professional corporations and the Tribunal Administratif du Québec.
We have played an important role in federal and provincial commissions of inquiry, acted as ad hoc prosecutors, represented the Barreau du Québec and acted on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. We have also taught at some of the leading academic and professional institutions in Canada such as the Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program, The National Judicial Institute, l’École du Barreau du Québec, McGill University and l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
Prior to their judicial appointments, a Court of Appeal (Judge Patrick Healy), two Superior Court judges (Judges Marc David and Guy Cournoyer) and three Québec Court judges (Judges Claude Melançon, Robert Sacchitelle, and Erick Vanchestein) were members of our firm.