Michael is a partner at Carbert Waite and co-chair of the firm’s commercial litigation and condominium practice groups. Michael’s litigation practice focuses on the following areas: construction, insurance, shareholder disputes, estates, and condominiums. Michael also has significant experience in oil and gas litigation and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.
Michael has extensive experience representing owners, general contractors and subcontractors in various construction matters including builders’ liens, deficiency claims, and contractual interpretation issues. Michael is well versed in relevant legislation surrounding builders’ liens and regularly teaches courses to the construction industry.
Michael has represented both insurers and insureds in various insurance related claims including fire, flood, product liability, and disability. Michael has experience providing coverage opinions. Michael regularly represents insureds in disputes with their insurance providers over coverage.
Michael also represents clients in disputes over wills, powers of attorney and other estate matters.
Michael has represented clients in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Alberta, and in mediations and arbitrations. He enjoys appearing in Court when necessary, but focuses on finding economic and sensible solutions for his clients and works tirelessly to pursue their rights.
Michael regularly volunteers his time by providing free legal advice to the local community and is passionate about mentoring junior lawyers. He volunteers for Pro Bono Alberta through the Queen’s Bench Amicus and the Civil Claims Duty Counsel projects and offers mentorship through various mentorship programs, including through the Law Society of Alberta.
- Carleton University (B.Com., 2006)
- University of Alberta (J.D., 2011)
- Law Society of Alberta (2012)
- Canadian Bar Association
- Calgary Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
New Partner Announcement – Michael Bokhaut
January 17, 2022
Carbert Waite LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Bokhaut has become a partner in our firm. Michael has been with Carbert Waite since 2018, and is a valued and respected member of our team that has made significant contributions to the firm and its clients. Michael’s practice focuses on…Continue Reading
How Can Condominium Corporations Collect and Pursue Delinquent Unit Owners for Their Legal Fees?
September 16, 2021
The law is not yet settled whether condominium corporation can collect legal fees from delinquent unit owners or not. What both the unit owner and the condominium board members should know.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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”).Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading