Michael was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and grew up in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and Carleton University in Ottawa, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. He was valedictorian and earned his LLB Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1995. After graduation from Law School Michael clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver and was Called to the Bar in British Columbia Bar in 1997, starting his practice at a downtown Vancouver firm.
Michael moved with his family to his wife’s home town of Grande Prairie in 1999 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar that same year.
Since that time Michael has built a strong Civil Litigation practice, serving our firm’s clients in the areas of personal injury, insurance claims, debt collection, corporate/commercial disputes, construction litigation and liens, and employment and wrongful dismissal issues for both employers and employees. He is a member of the Law Societies of both Alberta and British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association. He is Past President of the Grande Prairie Bar Association and former sessional lecturer at the Grande Prairie Regional College. Michael has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as numerous tribunals and administrative boards.
Michael is also an active member of the community currently on the Grande Prairie Regional College Classic Board and sits as Past President of the Grande Prairie Soccer Association. He is Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Foundation, and past Chair the Foundation’s Dream Home Lottery Project. He has served on numerous other community and charity boards and committees, is a provincially licenced soccer coach and a Regional Sport Coordinator for Arctic Winter Games. In his spare time he travels around the province to attend the endless activities of his four children and like to travel with his wife and family as much as possible.