Michael practices civil litigation with a focus on corporate/commercial and securities disputes, including contractual and shareholder matters, investigations and proceedings before securities and other professional regulators, class actions, professional liability matters, commercial arbitration, transactional disputes and proxy fights, bankruptcy and insolvency-related litigation, employment litigation, oppression remedy claims, fraud litigation, investment loss matters and insurance disputes. Michael also has experience with cases in the areas of defamation, estates, internet and cyber liability, real estate, construction and intellectual property. He has extensive experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation matters, and for and against regulators in regulatory investigations and proceedings.
Michael has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and administrative tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the British Columbia Securities Commission, and the Alberta Insurance Council. Michael also has experience in commercial arbitrations, in proceedings before the courts of other provinces, and in investigations and proceedings commenced by various regulators.
Michael regularly volunteers as pro bono duty counsel to unrepresented litigants at the Superior Court of Justice and Small Claims Court, and acts as a coach to the Osgoode Hall team at the annual Corporate/Securities Law Moot.
Michael joined the firm after practicing in the litigation department of a major national law firm.
Speaker, “Overview of Securities Litigation”, Institute for Law Clerks of Ontario Seminar, October 24, 2018
Speaker, “Liability of Directors and Officers”, Eighth Annual Securities Symposium, Advocates’ Society, September 5, 2018
Speaker, “Do’s and Don’ts’ of Handling Client Complaints and Conducting Investigations”, Client Seminar, July 2018
Co-Author, “Separate, Independent and Confounding: Understanding Personal Liability for Corporate Acts”, Annual Review of Civil Litigation (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, 2017, reproduced with permission).
Co-Presenter, “Outside Business Activities and Personal Financial Dealings: Civil and Regulatory Risk and When to Seek Legal Advice” Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals, November 2016
Co-author, “The Growing Reach of the Ministry of the Environment”, (paper presented to the Ontario Bar Association Section on Environmental Law, Toronto, Ontario, February 7, 2013)
Co-author, “Canada” in International Insolvency: a Jurisdictional Comparison, 3rd Edition, ed. J. William Boone, European Lawyer Reference Series (London: European Lawyer, 2012)
Co-author, “Damages: Considerations in addressing Physical Damage to Land”, (paper presented to the Ontario Bar Association Section on Environmental Law, Toronto, Ontario, November 28, 2012)