Michael is focused on solving his clients’ most complex and sensitive problems, efficiently and effectively. He is results oriented, responsive, and understands the importance of momentum to reaching successful outcomes. In 2018, he was recognized as a Lexpert Rising Star as a Leading Lawyer – 40 and Under, and by Benchmark Litigation as both a Future Star and on its Hot List of leading litigators who are 40 and under.
Michael has a diverse practice, working with clients across a broad range of industries, in areas such as corporate commercial litigation; public-private partnerships and alternative finance procurement; appellate advocacy; judicial reviews; class actions; defamation; privacy; and labour and employment law. His range of experience means he has a depth and breadth of strategic insight when advising clients on the multitude of issues that face them.
Michael has a particular expertise in constitutional and other public law and policy matters, and is adjunct faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School teaching Constitutional Litigation. He previously taught Constitutional Law at the University of Toronto. He is also a contributing author of the leading textbook, Constitutional Litigation in Canada.
Michael is active in politics, and was appointed Constitutional and Legal Affairs Advisor to the National Board of the Liberal Party of Canada in 2018. He has expertise in elections law, and issues related to the political process in Canada, as well as the legal issues faced by voluntary associations and other not-for-profit groups.
Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Michael was Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was the gold medalist at Dalhousie Law School and received numerous academic and advocacy prizes.
- Dalhousie Law School, LL.B., 2008
- University of British Columbia, M.A., 2005
- University of King’s College, B.A., 2003
- The Advocates’ Society
- The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History