About Michael

Mike is a corporate-commercial law partner in our Fredericton office. His primary practice areas are franchise, trademark and technology law.

Mike is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of franchise law. He is an active member of the Canadian Franchise Association’s Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee and frequently writes and speaks on legal matters affecting franchising. Mike is a contributing author of the American Bar Association book Fundamentals of Franchising – Canada, 2nd ed., released in 2018.

Mike drafts and reviews franchise agreements, license agreements and various types of distributor and dealer agreements.  For franchisors, he prepares franchise disclosure documents and advises regarding proper franchise disclosure practices.  He advises franchise clients with respect to corporate structuring and re-structuring of their businesses and assists them to implement growth strategies such as area development and master franchising.  He also frequently advises clients with respect to franchise disputes and franchisee terminations.

Mike is a Registered Trademark Agent and assists clients with all aspects of trademark law, including trademark applications, trademark opposition proceedings and trademark infringement matters, including “cybersquatting” disputes regarding infringing domain names.

Mike is active in the technology startup space and advises startup entrepreneurs with respect to incorporations and divisions of equity, protection of intellectual property and financing, among other matters.

Mike assists all types of businesses with matters of IP protection, licensing, purchases and sales of businesses, commercial financings and general commercial contracting.  Mike has particular experience with supply chain matters and frequently drafts, reviews and negotiates manufacturing and supply agreements.

Mike earned his law degree at the University of New Brunswick, where he was the recipient of several New Brunswick Law Foundation scholarships.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Ranked by Chambers Canada 2024 for Franchising [Nationwide – Band 2]
  • Most Frequently Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Franchise Law (Franchisee & Franchisor), most recently in 2023
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® Canada for his practice in Corporate Law and Franchise Law (since 2022)
  • Listed in Chambers Canada 2023 Legal Rankings for Franchising

Appointments & Community Involvement

  • Vice President of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member of the Canadian Music Centre

Education

  • LL.B., University of New Brunswick (2006)
  • M.Mus., University of Arizona (2003)
  • M.Mus., San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2000)
  • B.Mus., Mount Allison University (1996)

Bar Admissions

  • New Brunswick (2007)