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, Corporate / Commercial and Employment practice groups.

Michael is known for his honourable, yet unwavering, approach to litigation resulting in favourable resolutions of claims and disputes for his clients.

Michael has a successful track record with respect to trials, arbitrations, hearings and summary judgment motions. He is well-versed in procedural motions to gain leverage, dismiss actions and strike pleadings. He has a reputation for disposing of actions early in litigation resulting in favourable outcomes and considerable costs awarded to his clients.

Michael’s practice focuses primarily on commercial and civil litigation, including but not limited to, insurance defence, transportation and freight claims, employment law, product liability, business disputes, professional liability, personal injury, occupiers’ liability, subrogation, coverage disputes, statutory accident benefits, letters rogatory and claims under the Repair and Storage Liens Act.

Michael has a reputation for strategizing, executing and delivering on plans of action for litigation or settlement.  He develops and implements the strategy, budgeting and case management of complex litigation matters for provincial, national and international businesses including insurance companies, transit authorities and municipalities.

Within transportation law, Michael advises brokers, freight forwarders, carriers, 3PLs and 4PLs on various aspects of supply chain logistics and the movement of goods locally and internationally. He provides comprehensive and cost-efficient opinions on liability and damages and has litigated matters involving freight claims, liens, warehousing, bills of lading and spoilage. He has provided legal services and advice to provincial, national and international manufacturer/shipper clients regarding contractual disputes, third-party logistics, jurisdiction and cross-border issues.

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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