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Michael was the firm’s Managing Partner for over 15 years and now heads the firm's 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.

For more information on Michael Wright's cases and news on his practise, please visit the following site:  https://www.advocatedaily.com/profile/michael-wright.html.

Michael is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.

Education

  • Call to the Bar, 1991
  • Stanford Law School, JSD, 1993
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1989

Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Accolades

  • Leading Practitioner in Employment and Labour Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014 and 2015
  • “Best Lawyers in Canada” in Labour & Employment Law, Rated by his peers
  • “Leading Practitioner”, Lexpert
  • “Leading Lawyers” in Employment Law

Related Events

Event/Jun 12, 2019: 11:20 - 11:28

Michael Wright Speaks at Law Society's Six-Minute Business Lawyer Conference

Michael Wright speaks at the Law Society of Ontario's Six-Minute Business Lawyer  Conference, 2019.  He will be speaking about the enforceab...
Event/May 11, 2017

Michael Wright Speaks at the 4th International Orchestra Conference

Michael Wright speaks at the 4th International Orchestra Conference. He will be participating in a panel on the topic of bullying and harassment, whic...
Event/May 24, 2017

Michael Wright Speaks at National Academy of Arbitrators Conference

Michael Wright speaks at the National Academy of Arbitrators Conference. He will be participating in a plenary session "Cameras Around every Corner, C...

Related Publications

Article/4 June 2005

Why Employee and Retiree Class Actions Get Started

For employees and retirees who do not have the benefit of access to the grievance and arbitration mechanisms available to unionized employees, class p... Read More
Article/16 August 2004

Fiduciary Obligations in the Employment Relationship

While an employment relationship does not necessarily create a fiduciary duty between the employer and the employee, changes in the Canadian economy a... Read More

Related Blogs

/29 April 2019

Employees, Dependent Contractors and Independent Contractors: What’s the Difference?

What misclassification can mean to you

Workers who are misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees or dependent contractors could be deprived of important benefits. It's i...
/21 February 2019

Ontario Court of Appeal: Mandatory Arbitration Violates ESA

Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal issued a decision in Heller v Uber Technologies Inc (“Heller”), invalidating a mandatory arbitration...

Cases

Case/8 October 2013

Kranjcec v. Ontario

Class action regarding retiree benefits.
Case/2 January 2019

Heller v. Uber Technologies

Michael Wright and Danielle Stampley acted for David Heller in Heller v. Uber Technologies.

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