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Biography

Michael’s practice focuses on construction law, estate litigation, and commercial disputes, including negligence and breach of contract claims.

Michael represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in various construction law matters including builders’ liens, deficiency claims, and contractual interpretation issues. Michael also represents clients in disputes over wills, powers of attorney and other estate matters. He focuses on finding economic and sensible solutions for his clients and works tirelessly to pursue their rights. Michael has represented clients in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Alberta, and in mediations and arbitrations.

Michael regularly volunteers his time by providing free legal advice to the local community. He volunteers for Pro Bono Alberta through the Queen’s Bench Amicus and the Civil Claims Duty Counsel projects and with Calgary Legal Guidance.

Education

  • Carleton University (B.Com., 2006)
  • University of Alberta (J.D., 2011)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta (2012)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society

Hiding your Dirty Laundry: Is Information on the Court Record Always Available to the Public?

July 27, 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada summarized and outlined the rules over how and when court materials can be hidden from the public and kept under seal.

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Construction Progress Billings and Deadlines to Sue

May 18, 2021

In large construction projects, many contractors and sub-contractors issue progress billings over the course of the project. For particularly long and complex projects, a single contractor may issue progress billings for many years.

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Anticipated Changes to the Alberta Construction Industry through Prompt Payment Legislation

November 2, 2020

The Alberta Government is proposing significant changes to the Builders’ Lien Act that will change the Alberta construction industry. On October 21, 2020, the Government introduced Bill 37, the ‘Builders’ Lien (Prompt Payment) Amendment Act, 2020’ designed to speed up the flow of cash on construction projects, extend deadlines for…

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Who Pays For Condominium Unit Damage?

May 5, 2020

Here’s a common event in Alberta condominiums: A water pipe bursts in one unit, causing water to leak into several other units. Each unit suffers significant damage and the Condominium Board becomes involved with the repairs. Who is responsible for the deductible? The condominium as a whole or the owner…

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Builders’ Liens – Not Always the Best Remedy

October 29, 2019

Builder’s Liens are remedies meant to protect the interests of general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, or anyone else who provides goods and services to improve lands (“Contractors”).

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Subcontractor Disputes under $50,000: Should I File a Builders’ Lien or Sue in Small Claims?

April 23, 2019

When it comes to construction projects, things don’t always go according to plan. This is especially true for residential property renovations. Unhappy customers often withhold payment, which is why contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and labourers can file a builders’ lien to get paid for the work they have done. By registering…

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