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Year called to bar: 2010 (ON); 2010 (New York)
Michael is a litigation partner in the firm’s Toronto office and Vice-Chair of the national Class Actions Group. His practice focuses on class actions and complex commercial disputes. Representing both defendants and plaintiffs, Michael has litigated class actions at trial and before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has taught class actions law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law for a decade, and he is co-author of a text on the subject. Michael led the firm’s team representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in its successful challenge to the constitutionality of prolonged solitary confinement in Canadian prisons, and he acts for the class in a related class proceeding. He also acts for a class of First Nations and their members asserting a right to clean drinking water on their reserves. Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a law clerk to the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. He is called to the Bars of Ontario and New York and holds an AB (Harvard, High Honours), MPhil (Cambridge, Distinction), and JD (Toronto, Honours).