Michael is the firm’s Managing Partner and co-leads the Civil Litigation/Class Actions practice group. He is well known for his work in bringing a number of innovative and class action proceedings on behalf of employees, retirees and pension plans. Michael has been recognized by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the areas of labour and employment law, is a “Leading Practitioner” according to Lexpert, and is rated as a "Leading Individual" in Employment and Labour by Chambers, where he was described as "excellent, thoughtful, well prepared and strategic".
Michael has a large practice which involves advising and representing executives and professionals in a range of industries on employment matters. He has acted for individuals in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and a variety of other economic sectors. His employment law practice focuses on providing advice and advocacy to employees concerning wrongful dismissal, competition issues and compensation matters. While he frequently appears on behalf of his clients in the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal, he brings a practical and solution focused approach to employment related disputes.
Michael also has extensive experience providing advice and advocacy to unions and professional organizations in a variety of sectors. He has successfully negotiated dozens of collective agreements in the electricity, symphonic and manufacturing sectors, including at Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, Stelco, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada and the National Arts Centre. He has acted both as counsel and as a nominee on arbitration boards in the final arbitration of numerous collective agreements in the electricity and university sectors.
As counsel, Michael has represented unions and professional organizations and their pension and benefit plans in the courts on pension matters, injunctions, judicial review applications and shareholder actions.
Michael obtained a doctorate from Stanford Law School where he focused on labour law issues arising from public sector privatization. He has published numerous articles on labour law and legal theory in law journals. Michael has also taught advanced seminars in labour law at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, including the Masters Program in Labour Law offered by Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a frequent speaker on labour and employment law issues, and has recently presented at the National Judicial Institute's Superior Court of Justice Judges' Conference, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada's Special Lectures on Employment Law and the Federation of International Musicians.
Michael is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.