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Michael began his legal career with Bennett Jones LLP in 1998. Michael joined Carbert Waite LLP in 2003.
Michael is an accomplished advocate and maintains an active civil and commercial litigation practice. Michael is recognized nationally as a leading health lawyer. Michael advises and represents healthcare institutions, physicians and other health professionals on a wide range of complex issues.
As an experienced employment lawyer, Michael advises employers and employees on various employment, disability and human rights issues.
Michael has extensive experience in Estate Litigation including challenges to wills, Dependant's Relief/Maintenance and Support Applications, Guardianship and Trusteeship disputes and Executer compensation disputes.
Michael’s other primary areas of litigation practice are: Serious Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation (including contractual disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability, shareholder disputes, and oppression actions) and Civil Fraud. Michael is experienced dealing with civil fraud cases (on behalf of both Plaintiffs and Defendants) and has acted as Independent Supervising Solicitor for Anton Pillar/Attachment Order searches and seizures.
In 2015 and 2016, Michael was named a leading lawyer for medical negligence representing defendants in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
In 2009, Michael received the prestigious University of Calgary Faculty of Law Honourable W.K. Moore Award for outstanding commitment and contribution to the Faculty of Law.
In 2007, Michael was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Calgary Inc. magazine.
Michael teaches Health Law as an adjunct professor at the U of C Faculty of Law and has been a member of the Faculty's Mooting and Debating Committee since 1999. Michael was instrumental in the creation of the Bennett Jones Health Law Moot in 2011 and continues to be one of the moot’s organizers.
Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Medical Legal Society. In 2010, Michael was elected to the National Executive of the Canadian Bar Association Health Law Section, was National Chair from 2014-2016 and now serves as Past Chair.
Michael has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and the Federal Court of Canada, as well as the Alberta Humans Rights Commission Tribunal.
University of Calgary
(B.A., 1992; LL.B., 1998)
University of Alberta
Law Society of Alberta (1999)
Law Society of British Columbia (2015)
Canadian Bar Association
Calgary Bar Association
Calgary Medical Legal Society