I founded Valerie Messore Law to solve your tax issues using my skills, knowledge, and a personalized approach that ensures you're confident in the position we put forward.
Previously, I practiced tax litigation for ten years with the Department of Justice Canada representing the Canada Revenue Agency as well as with a national law firm.
Passionate about the art of persuasion, I have built strong trial advocacy skills through training and practice.
An overview of my courtroom experience:
Detail-oriented without losing sight of the big picture, I am skilled at analyzing, organizing and presenting circumstantial evidence to lead the court to the desired conclusion. This has led me to:
Skilled negotiator, I have reached countless favorable out of court settlements, which is often the best way to resolve a tax dispute.
A sample of frequently recurring tax issues for which I have reached out-of-court settlements:
I will learn all about your business to defend your project's entitlement to the tax incentives.
Very familiar with the admissibility criteria for an SR&ED project, here are some of the industries I've looked at:
I have been counsel on cases concerning various international tax issues:
2012 – 2016
2010 (called to the Bar in July 2011)
2007 – 2010
Described as, "Develops and promotes innovative and creative solutions in activities, leads by example: embodies integrity, authenticity and self-awareness. Strong organizational capacities leading to excellence in performance." (May 2019)
In this conference, I guide new practitioners on how to prepare an informal procedure case to be litigated before the Tax Court of Canada.
Delivered in February 2020 and September 2021 at the Department of Justice Canada.
In this conference, I outline the principal administrative penalties applicable to taxpayers, show the available defenses, and analyze how the courts consider such defenses.
Delivered in January and March 2019 at the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF) and in September 2021 at the Department of Justice
In this conference, I trace the boundaries where judicial review of administrative decisions can be brought and review the case law of where it was allowed, specifically covering taxpayer relief requests.
Delivered in January 2020 at the APFF.
Hosted by the Young Bar of Montreal - June 2018
Prix Paris Montréal hosted by Young Bar of Montréal - September 2018
Association de planification fiscale et financière
President for 2 years, Committee Member
2014 to 2019