Biologist and lawyer specializing in environmental law and municipal law, Jean-François Girard practices in the law firm Dufresne Hébert Comeau where he offers, since 2002, a particular expertise to the municipalities who wish to take up the challenges of sustainable development and who want to improve the quality of the living environment of their citizens. Mr. Girard was a member of the board of directors of the Quebec Center for Environmental Law (CQDE) from 2002 to 2016. He was employed, responsible for the Conservation and Biodiversity sector, from September 1998 to January 2002.

In addition to publishing articles in trade journals, he regularly presents lectures and training seminars to elected officials and citizen groups in the areas of law and the environment. He is also a regular speaker at the Conservation Workshops, where he has presented several conferences on recent developments in conservation law.