Michael has a very broad and diverse practice. His core areas of practice include product liability, insurance, construction, aviation, maritime, regulatory, commercial and cross-border related advice and litigation. Michael is a dynamic, strategic and practical litigator with a proven record of resolving difficult, protracted and complex claims. He understands his clients, their businesses and their objectives. Michael is expert in litigation project management and can be relied upon to resolve large and complicated litigation on schedule and on budget. He is fiercely loyal and committed to his clients.
Michael has particular expertise acting for manufacturers and their insurers in a wide range of industries including the automotive, aerospace, medical and health products, marine, construction, consumer products, industrial equipment, food and agribusiness, and electronics industries. He regularly advises manufacturers on all aspects of the product life-cycle, including design risk analysis, regulatory compliance, supply chain contracts, labelling, manufacturing and QC processes, sales and marketing, risk management, warranty claims, recalls and litigation. Michael has deep knowledge of a wide variety of products and industries, the business and processes of manufacturing and the risks and issues faced by manufacturers. He is national litigation counsel for numerous Fortune 500 manufacturers.
Michael regularly advises insurers, insureds, reinsurers, surety and warranty providers, brokers and agents in a broad range of insurance matters and classes including liability, property, casualty, marine, aviation, E&O and speciality insurance. Michael has an in-depth understanding of the insurance industry and the issues faced by insurers and insureds in claims and disputes. He also regularly acts as defence counsel for insurers in a wide variety of liability claims.
Michael has significant experience in cross-border litigation including multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration, jurisdictional disputes, inter-jurisdictional evidentiary matters (including obtaining and enforcing letters rogatory), and enforcing and opposing the enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitral awards. He also regularly acts for banks and financial institutions in a wide variety of claims and disputes.
Michael regularly handles or oversees cases throughout Canada and has appeared before all courts of British Columbia, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Federal Court of Canada. He has significant courtroom, mediation and arbitration experience and has been involved in numerous ground breaking cases including Swiss Reinsurance v. Camarin Limited and Araya v. Nevsun Resources Ltd.
Michael’s expertise has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers Canada, LEXPERT and Benchmark Canada. He frequently speaks and writes on topics related to product liability, insurance, risk management and civil litigation.