Michael focuses his litigation practice on construction and commercial litigation disputes, as well as insurance, products liability, professional negligence, municipal law, and regulatory matters.
Michael focuses his litigation practice on construction and commercial litigation disputes, as well as insurance, products liability, professional negligence, municipal law, and regulatory matters. Michael routinely represents clients in Builders’ Lien actions, construction disputes including delay claims, and complex commercial and business litigation matters.
Michael has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a future star in the field of litigation. He has represented clients in all levels of court in Nova Scotia including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court, as well as various administrative boards including the Residential Tenancies Board and Utility and Review Board. His trial experience includes matters before both juries and judge-alone. He represents clients in alternative dispute resolution processes including mediations and arbitrations, particularly in the context of construction related disputes.
Michael is a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society. He has served as a part-time instructor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law teaching in the area of civil (litigation) procedure.
In his spare time, Michael is an outdoor enthusiast whose pursuits include salmon fishing, hunting, and canoeing. He also enjoys golf, tennis, basketball, personal fitness training and nutrition. He is an avid skeet shooting enthusiast, holding both Canadian and World Junior championships in the sport. Michael is a past member of the Canadian National team in Olympic Skeet Shooting, representing Canada at various international competitions.
Michael’s community and volunteer involvement includes acting as a board member for the Nova Scotia Salmon Association, a volunteer and committee member for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, a director for the Dartmouth Clay Target Association, and repeat leadership of internal campaigns in support of Prostate Cancer Canada and the Special Olympics.