Michael’s practice focuses on defence work, insurance coverage, and subrogated claims. He has extensive experience in casualty claims, construction disputes, products liability, professional liability (architects/engineers, accountants, lawyers, brokers/agents), environmental liability and large industrial/commercial losses. Together with strong advocacy, Michael provides focused, cost-efficient solutions to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients.
Michael has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, as well as before private arbitrations. Some of the recent cases that Michael has been involved with include: Ernst & Young Inc. v. Chartis Insurance Company of Canada, et al.; Dagago v. Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company; and Patterson et al. v. EM Technologies et al.
Michael received a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Guelph in 1997. He received his LL.B. from Dalhousie University in 2001 where he received the G.O. Forsyth prize for excellence in research and writing. Michael is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Defence Lawyers and The Advocates' Society.
Michael is one of the main Editors-in-Chief for the annual edition of Watson & McGowan, Ontario Civil Practice. He has also published papers and delivered speeches on insurance and defence matters as part of client and industry seminars and in the popular media.
Michael is active in the community and is a member of the Business Development Committee for the March of Dimes of Canada. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, and playing squash, golf and hockey.
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