Education

Bar Admission

  • 2016 Admitted to the Ontario Bar
  • In the process of admission to the British Columbia and Alberta Bar

Michael is a lawyer in Alexander Holburn’s Toronto office and is a member of the firm’s Insurance and Corporate / Commercial practice groups.

Michael takes an honourable, yet unyielding, approach to legal matters resulting in favourable resolutions of disputes and claims for his clients.

Michael has been successful at trials, LAT hearings, arbitrations and summary judgment motions and is well-versed in procedural and dismissal motions. Michael is known for dismissing claims early in litigation resulting in considerable costs awarded to his clients.

Michael’s practice focuses primarily on commercial and civil litigation, including insurance defence, transportation and freight claims, business disputes, personal injury, product liability, occupiers’ liability, subrogation, coverage disputes, statutory accident benefits and claims under the Repair and Storage Liens Act. Michael has successfully defended actions involving insurance companies, transit authorities, municipalities as well as local and international businesses.

Michael has litigated at the Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, License Appeal Tribunal, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Landlord and Tenant Board, and the Ontario Small Claims Court.

On A Personal Note...

Michael has a passion for sports and fitness. He loves to golf and trains in Muay Thai Boxing. Michael is a traveler and has an appetite for exotic cuisine. Michael’s two dogs, Roy and Henry, keep him active and often accompany him on outdoor activities and adventures.

Representative Experience

One of Michael’s well-known reported decisions in  MacLeod v. Canadian Road Management Company, 2018 ONSC 2186 was used by the Honourable Justice Myers as a platform to scrutinize the civil jury system and expand on the test for striking a jury notice. This decision has been cited numerous times by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal and is one of the leading cases in this area.

In addition to his reported decisions, Michael has successfully defended his clients’ interests in complex motions, applications, arbitrations, hearings and trials. Michael has efficiently dismissed claims early in litigation resulting in considerable costs awarded to his clients by taking strategic and calculated approaches towards litigation.

Michael always strives for just, cost-efficient, and timely outcomes for all his clients.

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