Michael joined Cavalluzzo as an associate in 2018 after articling with the firm. He practices primarily in the areas of Labour Law, Human Rights, and Professional Regulation/Discipline.

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. During his time at Osgoode Hall he received several awards recognizing academic distinction and significant contributions to the law school, including the Dean's Gold Key Award, the Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award, the F.W. Minkler Prize, and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal Prize. Throughout law school Michael was a member of Osgoode Hall Law Journal, being elected Managing Editor in his final year, and a research assistant in the areas of labour and employment law. In addition, Michael completed an internship in Bengaluru, India working on policy issues to address child labour practices.

Throughout his studies Michael volunteered as a community organizer with the Citizen Empowerment Project—a not-for-profit that created campaigns and public education initiatives to encourage youth from underrepresented communities to engage with national and community-based legal and policy issues.

In 2020, Michael was awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship. As a part of the program, Michael will earn a Master of Global Affairs in Management Science from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Michael's research project as a Schwarzman Scholar explores the potential role of labour law to reduce carbon emissions and promote the clean energy transition.


  • Master of Management Science in Global Affairs, Tsinghua University, 2021
  • Called to Ontario Bar, 2018
  • Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts, Simon Fraser University, 2014


  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


  • Schwarzman Scholarship
  • Dean's Gold Key Award
  • Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award
  • F.W. Minkler Prize
  • Osgoode Hall Law Journal Prize

Related Events

Event/Jun 24, 2022

Michael Thorburn and Sydney Lang participate in CALL Session: "Labour Lawyering in a Climate Crisis"

Michael Thorburn and Sydney Lang participate in CALL Session:  "Labour Lawyering in a Climate Crisis - Developing a Climate Competent Practice".&...
Event/Nov 25, 2020

Michael Thorburn Joins Panel at Canadian Media Guild Townhall “Shaping our Union to Reflect our Diversity"

Michael Thorburn joins a panel at Canadian Media Guild Townhall  “Shaping our Union to Reflect our Diversity".   This panel explo...

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Blog/22 May 2019

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