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About Michael

Michael advises clients on a wide range of labour and employment matters, including matters relating to wrongful dismissal, post-employment competition by former employees, labour relations, human rights, employment standards and occupational health and safety. He also provides employment advice in relation to a number of commercial transactions and has assisted clients in preparing both employment policies and written employment contracts.

Michael regularly assists clients on a number of commercial litigation matters and has appeared before all levels of courts in British Columbia, as well as the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

Awards & Recognition

Michael is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2023–2024 (Litigation Star – Labour and Employment)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2018–2024 (Employment & Labour)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2020–2024 (Labour and Employment Law)

  • Canadian HR Reporter (5-Star Employment Lawyers and Law Firms 2023)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2022 Edition (Employment & Labour)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Employment Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2020 Edition

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Administrative & Public Law, Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 (Labour and Employment Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2016 Edition

Professional Activities

Michael is currently a member of the British Columbia Employment Law, Labour Law and Human Rights Subsections of the Canadian Bar Association. He is also a member of the B.C. Human Resources Management Association.

Michael has also written several articles on various employment law matters.

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Canadian Updates and Comparisons: Cybersecurity, Employment, and Other Considerations for the Covid-Era, Canadian Cybersecurity Trends Study 2021
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 17, 2021.
Media Activities
  • Quoted : British Columbia Recognizes New Statutory Holiday
    Interviewed by Katie Nadworny, SHRM Global, July 12, 2023.
  • Quoted : BC Supreme Court upholds mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in non-unionized setting
    Interviewed by Zena Olijnyk, Canadian Lawyers, October 25, 2022.
  • Quoted : Getting Employment off to a Good Start in Canada
    Interview by Katie Nadworny, SHRM, August 5, 2021.
Education

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1999
Law Clerk, British Columbia Supreme Court – 1997–1998
LLB, University of Victoria – 1997
BA, Simon Fraser University – 1992

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