I grew up in Brampton Ontario, where I attended high school, before receiving my B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. I then attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh, where I worked in the Health Law Clinic and the Low Income Tax Clinic. While in Pittsburgh, I began working at a large litigation boutique, on matters ranging from complex class actions to medical malpractice to personal injury cases. Upon graduation, I moved to Florida, and was admitted to the Florida bar in 2006.
In Florida, I worked at a prominent litigation firm outside of Orlando, primarily in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, professional malpractice and insurance. I gained significant trial experience and a reputation as a tenacious and tough advocate, handling matters at arbitration, trial and on appeal. Within several years, I was representing local doctors, business owners and other prominent residents of the community. Contemporaneously, I was recognized by my peers, and achieved the coveted “Peer Reviewed” rating from Martindale Hubbell, a widely respected mark of achievement in the legal profession.
While I enjoyed success in Florida, I missed home, and decided to move back to Ontario. Since being licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2012, my practice has continued to be largely business and commercial litigation based. In that time, I have represented clients in front of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Small Claims Court, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. I have successfully handled cases ranging into the millions of dollars. Prior to starting my own firm (Michael’s Law Firm), I was litigation counsel for one of Toronto’s largest injury firms.
In handling cases, my goal is to get my clients the best possible outcome in the circumstances. This means that I develop my cases as though they are going to trial, and take a hard nosed approach with opposing counsel. Most of my cases still settle, but on better terms for my clients.
When not at the office, I am often busy competing at sports. I play hockey and squash several times weekly. In the summers I bike, and in the winters I ski. In everything, I push myself to my limits.
Successfully defended against a summary judgment motion brought by Zuber and Company on a multi-million dollar personal injury claim. Simpson et al. v. Forsythe et al., Toronto 07-CV-342124 PD2.
Successfully obtained accident benefits for a client after hearing at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Ismayilov v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company, Al2-001185-JGR
Successfully drafted the appeal in 1422253 Ontario Limited v. Coachman Insurance Co., 2013 ONSC 5740.
Awarded Partial Indemnity Fees at an hourly rate of $400.00 per hour on a contested motion before the Honourable Justice Reilly. Hoang v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Kitchener, C-565-10.
The Oatley McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation (March) 2016 Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Discovery in Ontario – A Quick Reference Guide
Discovery in Ontario: A Quick Reference Guide (2015).
Videotaping Independent Medical Examinations, December 3, 2014.
Ontario (Law Society of Upper Canada)
Rated as BV® Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell (Florida).