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Mike has practiced energy, commercial, and securities litigation and commercial arbitration in Calgary for over 20 years. He has extensive experience with claims in Alberta’s electricity, petrochemical, and oil & gas industries. Mike has appeared as counsel before all Alberta Courts, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Alberta and B.C. Securities Commissions as well as in dozens of private commercial arbitrations.

Mike took a sabbatical from his law practice in 2016-17 and attended Columbia University, where he earned a Master in Laws degree, was awarded the designation of James Kent Scholar, and published several law review articles. In addition to maintaining a busy practice, Mike has taught effective writing, legal drafting and written advocacy courses to lawyers and business people in law firms, industry, government and regulatory bodies.

Professional Activities

  • Law Society of Alberta, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Calgary Bar Association, Member

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2013-2018 & Appellate Practice, 2019
  • Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—“Litigation Star” and leading litigator in Alberta and Canada, General Commercial and Securities Litigation, 2013-2018
  • Chambers Canada: ranked in the Litigation: General Commercial (Alberta) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—repeatedly recommended leading lawyer in Directors' & Officers' Liability, 2014
  • Lexpert's 2007 Guide to U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers—one of Canada's 30 "Litigation Lawyers to Watch"
  • Lexpert Magazine's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in Canada in 2006
  • James Kent Scholar and Milton B. Conford Prize in Jurisprudence, Columbia Law School (LL.M. Class), 2017



Michael has experience in the following areas:

  • Securities Litigation
    • Bringing and defending claims against issuers, directors and officers in shareholder and derivative claims for oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, Securities Act violations and other causes of action
    • Counsel to shareholders and issuers in Stock Exchange appeals and in other challenges to corporate transactions before the Securities Commissions and Courts
    • Representation of directors, officers and issuers in disciplinary proceedings before the Securities Commissions
    • Counsel to Special Litigation Committees and to directors and officers facing Special Litigation Committee investigations
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Broad range of experience representing parties in contract and tort-based commercial claims
    • Private corporation shareholder/officer/director disputes
    • Counsel to financial institutions in claims relating to alleged breaches of account agreements and financing documents and in negligence and misrepresentation claims
    • Counsel to corporate trustees in claims arising out of administration of trusts
    • Cross-Border litigation, including coordination of inter-related claims in Canada and the United States, management of U.S. litigation on behalf of Canadian clients, and enforcement of Letters Rogatory and Letters of Request from U.S. Courts
  • Energy Litigation
    • Representation of operators and non-operators in  contractual disputes involving joint ventures, royalties, accounting, operators' duties and fiduciary duties in the oil & gas, power and mining industries 
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Copyright, trade-mark and patent infringement litigation in the Alberta and Federal Courts
  • Commercial Arbitration
    • Counsel in arbitrations under Alberta's legislated Power Purchase Arrangements and in related court proceedings
    • Domestic arbitrations of various commercial issues under the Alberta Arbitration Act
    • International commercial arbitrations
    • Litigation over enforcement of domestic and international awards, applications to set aside awards, and judicial assistance and intervention in domestic and international arbitrations

News & Publications

News & Publications

  • 31 Lawson Lundell Lawyers Ranked in Chambers Canada 2019, Chambers Canada , 2019 Edition, September 21, 2018
  • The Lesser Evil: How and Why Litigation Over Arbitration Awards Should Have Preclusive Effects, 28 Am Rev. Int’l Arb. 309, (2017)
  • Will Clear Rules Fix American Statutory Interpretation? Canadian Experience With Judge Kavanaugh’s Proposed “Rules of the Road”, 5(1) I.J.L.D.L.R., (2017)
  • Justice in Full is Time Well Spent: Why the Supreme Court Should Ban Sua Sponte Dismissals, 36 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 25, (2017)
  • Lawyers and the Panama Papers: How Ethical Rules Contribute to the Problem and Might Provide a Solution, 22 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 363, (2016)
  • Some Common Problems in Expert Determination (And How to Avoid Them), 23 Can. Med. & Arb. J. 39, (2014), Co-author with Paul Chiswell
  • Recent Developments of Interest to Energy Lawyers, 52 Alta. L. Rev. 417, (2014), Co-author with Sonya Morgan and Robert Wood
  • Some Reservations About Law and Postmodernism, 40 Am. J. Juris. 335, (1995)
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Bar Admissions

  • Alberta (1996)


Columbia Law School, Master of Laws (James Kent Scholar), 2017

Court of Appeal of Alberta  (Hon. Madam Justice C.M. Conrad), 1995-96

University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws,1994

Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts,1990

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