About Michael Lesage of Michael’s Law Firm
Michael represents sophisticated parties in complex litigation, and counts multinationals, hedge funds, engineering and hi-tech firms among his clientele. Additionally, he represents various professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and engineers. First licensed in 2006, he has close to 20 years of litigation experience.
Michael obtained his B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Michael was first licensed in Florida and worked at a prominent litigation firm outside of Orlando, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, professional negligence, insurance and personal injury. He gained significant trial experience and a reputation as a tough and tenacious advocate. For his work, he was recognized by his peers and achieved the coveted “Peer Reviewed” rating from Martindale Hubbell, a widely respected mark of achievement in the legal profession.
Since 2012, he has practiced in Ontario, where his practice has continued to be largely business and commercial litigation based. In that time, he has represented clients before the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, ODACC, Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Small Claims Court and at arbitration. He frequently appears against counsel from some of Canada’s largest firms. He has also represented lawyers in disciplinary proceedings before the Law Society of Ontario (where he later sat on the Board). Michael has successfully handled cases ranging into the millions of dollars. Prior to starting his own firm (Michael’s Law Firm), he was litigation counsel for one of Toronto’s largest injury firms.
In handling cases, his goal is to get his clients the best possible outcome in the circumstances. This means that he develops his cases as though they are going to trial, and takes a hard nosed approach with opposing counsel. Most of his cases still settle, but on better terms for his clients.
When not at the office (or programming), he is often busy competing at sports. Michael plays hockey and squash several times weekly. In the summers he bikes, and in the winters he skis.
Had a lender’s claim stayed, and awarded damages by way of counterclaim (plus costs) on behalf of a borrower, which decision was affirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Achieved a significant financial settlement in a professional negligence matter resulting in chronic pain and psychological issues. Case confidential.
Achieved significant financial settlements in cases arising out of the purchase of real estate with undisclosed encumbrances and/or incorrect descriptions. Cases confidential.
Extracted a plaintiff from a case on an adverse summary judgment, at hearing, on a without costs basis. Savo et al. v. Moursalien, 2016 ONSC 3326 (CanLII).
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
Drafted the successful 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 (2013). Hoang v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Kitchener, C-565-10.
Previously elected to the Board of Directors (a Bencher at Convocation) of the Law Society of Ontario. Also a panelist (adjudicator) at the Law Society Tribunal, and author of the following decisions:
Professional Development Courses Taught
Being “Shingle” – Starting a Law Firm
Tips and Traps in the Discovery Process
A Guide to Preparing for Civil Trials – Live Webinar with Chat
Trial by Zoom
The Oatley McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation (March) 2016 Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Discovery in Ontario – A Quick Reference Guide
Trial Prep and Trials – A Fingertip Reference (2018), published as Chapter 3, in The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases 2018.
Discovery in Ontario: A Quick Reference Guide (2015).
Court of Appeal decision has bizarre implications for insurance law, September 17, 2018, The Lawyer’s Daily.
Videotaping Independent Medical Examinations, December 3, 2014.
Ontario (Law Society of Upper Canada)
Florida (retired status)
Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
At Michael’s firm, we believe in both sport, and giving back. As part of our efforts, ever year, we sponsor a local hockey team.
Note case was argued at hearing by a colleague.
Note case was argued at hearing by Chris Richard.