Michael is not afraid to take a stand. Resolute and fearless, he is deeply committed to the pursuit of workplace fairness. At the same time, his down-to-earth, compassionate nature endears him to clients, colleagues and opponents alike. It also enables him to build trusting, collaborative relationships and engage with others in meaningful ways – essential skills in the people-centred practice of employment law.
With extensive experience advising players in both emerging and traditional industries – from tech companies to the health professions – Michael works best with employers and employees who value practical advice, and forward-thinking, innovative ways to achieve their employment objectives. And Michael’s proactive, holistic approach to problem-solving will appeal to clients who appreciate bold and creative solutions to workplace challenges.
A member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Barreau du Québec, Michael is fully bilingual in English and French. After completing his Bachelor of Civil Law and Juris Doctor degrees at the University of Montreal, he then pursued an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Human Rights at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Michael’s interest in equality and empowerment is also reflected in his community-orientation: he currently volunteers his time and expertise to both the public (Access Pro Bono Francophone Legal Information Clinic) and the legal profession (as a supervising lawyer to UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program).
Away from work, Michael leads an active lifestyle that includes hiking, canoeing, hockey, squash and snowboarding. A self-described “adventure traveller”, Michael has backpacked through more than 30+ countries around the world, mostly seeking out interesting places to undertake multi-day treks.