Michael practises civil litigation with particular emphasis on insurance coverage and policy interpretation on behalf of both insurers and insureds. He provides insurance coverage and policy drafting advice to, and engages in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, on behalf of commercial and governmental institutions. He also focuses on professional liability, governmental liability, products liability, environmental law, personal injury, and defamation matters. Michael has appeared before all levels of the Ontario courts and various administrative tribunals.
He is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He is Peer Rated as Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished for High Professional Achievement and High Ethical Standing. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Insurance Law, beginning with the 2009 edition, and including the 2017 edition, and in the 2011 to 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in “Litigation — Commercial Insurance”. He has been listed in the 2015 and 2016 editions of “Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance”, and in the Insurance & Reinsurance chapter of "Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016", which identify a select group of lawyers with expertise in representing insurance underwriters and corporate insurers, among others, regarding the resolution of insurance disputes.
Michael is the Consulting Editor of LexisNexis Butterworths' Ontario Insurance Law & Commentary, 2017 Edition, now in its thirteenth year. It contains a current commentary on insurance law he co-authored. Michael was the General Editor of Butterworths' Canadian Journal of Insurance Law from 2003-7, and is now a member of its Editorial Board.
Michael heads the firm's Insurance Coverage Counsel Group, and also acts as the firm's Knowledge Management Partner.