Michael’s practice focuses on labour and employment law and pensions and benefits. He advises clients with respect to a variety of employment-related issues, including human resources policy reviews; employment contract drafting and terminations; human rights; union certification applications; collective bargaining and collective agreement administration; and occupational health and safety. He also advises on variety of pension-related issues, including plan design and implementation, wind-ups, and more.
Michael received his juris doctor degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and was the recipient of a number of scholarships, including the A.S. Pattilo Prize for winning the Smith Shield Moot. While attending law school, Michael co-founded the Weldon Literary Moot Society; acted as an editor-in-chief for the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies; and was his class valedictorian. In addition to his practice, Michael enjoys writing and was shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award at the Atlantic Book Awards for his novel, A Description of the Blazing World, in May 2012.
Michael has appeared before labour arbitrators, the Nova Scotia Labour Board, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Board of Inquiry, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and Canadian Bar Association, where he currently sits on the Communications Committee for the Pension and Benefits Law Section.
J.D., Dalhousie University (2012)
M.A. (Creative Writing), University of Windsor (2007)
B.A. (English), Dalhousie University (2005)