Michael takes a strategic and collaborative approach to his civil litigation practice to ensure that his services are aligned with the client’s objectives. He has achieved cost-effective and principled resolutions to disputes involving fraudulent insurance claims, bodily injury, insurance coverage, negligence, franchises, commercial tenancies, environmental contamination, contracts, municipal by-laws and judicial review. Michael acts for a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from one of Canada’s largest insurers to individuals, community groups and small businesses that are inexperienced with the litigation process.
Prior to joining Loopstra Nixon, Michael operated his own firm for several years where he gained a significant appreciation for the business realities and personal goals of clients involved in litigation. He has represented clients at all levels of Ontario courts from the Small Claims Court to the Court of Appeal, as well as at mediations, municipal councils and various tribunals throughout the province.
Representative Client Work
Conducted hundreds of examinations under oath that have resulted in the denial of false or inflated insurance claims.
Obtained a declaration of statutory rescission for a franchisee and successfully resisted the franchisor’s appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Achieved favourable results at summary judgment motions and various interlocutory proceedings for numerous clients.
Qualifications and Designations
B.Sc. (Env) University of Guelph, 2005
LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School, 2008