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Michael Shortt Montréal Lawyer/Avocat

Michael Shortt

Partner | Trademark Agent Fasken
Jurisdiction Québec, 2014 | Ontario, 2015
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal


Michael Shortt is a partner at Fasken’s Montreal office, where he practices as a lawyer and trademark agent. His practice focuses on both litigation and transactional work, with an emphasis on the videogame and life science industries. A member of the Québec and Ontario bars, he advises clients on common-law, civil-law, and federal matters.


As a litigator, Michael represents clients in intellectual property, commercial, and public law disputes. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario and Québec superior courts, and the Copyright Board. His litigation philosophy is based on obtaining cost-effective results through creative legal arguments. Michael clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Quebec Superior Court, and worked as a research assistant for a well-known commercial arbitrator, allowing him to bring a unique perspective to litigation and advocacy.


In his transactional work, Michael drafts and negotiates a range of commercial contracts, including intellectual property licences, service agreements, consumer contracts, confidentiality agreements (NDAs), and videogame publishing contracts.


As a trademark agent, Michael assists clients in obtaining trade-mark registrations in Canada and manages their global trademark portfolios. His trade-mark practice focuses on software, videogames, telecommunications, and consumer products.


Michael co-founded the firm’s videogame industry group and works for videogame development studios and publishers of all sizes. He reviews, negotiates, and drafts contracts in the videogame industry, as well as providing compliance advice for consumer protection law, language laws, and other regulatory issues.


In his spare time, Michael volunteers on pro bono legal cases and writes on current legal topics. His law review articles have been cited by the Federal Court, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. For five years he was a coach for the McGill Faculty of law’s team in the Mignault civil-law moot competition, and has been a guest speaker at McGill University on the topic of oral advocacy.



  • Recognized nationwide as a Rising Star in Intellectual Property , The Legal 500 Canada 2020 to 2023
  • Recognized as “One to Watch” in Intellectual Property by Best Lawyers Canada, Best Lawyers 2022
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” in Trademarks by the Rising Stars Awards Americas (IFLR), 2021 to 2022

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB, BCL McGill University
  • MA, Political Science McGill University
  • BA, Economics and Political Science McGill University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Video Game Bar Association
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Lord Reading Law Society
  • Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada 
  • Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice 
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section 
  • Regroupement des praticiens du droit des marques de commerce
  • Young Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation
  • Member, Canadian Technology Law Association


Fasken Institute



Article, Author Enforcing Limitations of Liability in Quebec: A Six-step Analysis Advocates Society Journal (Summer 2022 Issue)
Article, Author The Writing Requirement for Canadian Copyright Assignments (2021) 34 Intellectual Property Journal 1
Article, Author Contractual Limitation Period Clauses in Canada: Drafting and Litigation Considerations (2019) 50 Advocates’ Quarterly 257

Speaking Engagements


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