Michael is an Associate Counsel in our Family practice group. He is based in our Vancouver office. His practice focuses on family law and child welfare matters.
Before moving to British Columbia, Michael managed and administered all of the family justice programs in PEI. He was instrumental in creating and developing various new family justice programs including the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, the Supervised Access and Exchange Program and the Parenting Coordination Program. Michael also managed the modernization of Child Support Services and the Maintenance Enforcement Program in PEI. He was legal counsel responsible for the creation of the independent statutory office of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate.
Additionally, Michael has developed and amended numerous pieces of legislation including the Family Law Act, Maintenance Enforcement Act, Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, Child Protection Act, Adoption Act and Child and Youth Advocate Act.
Michael’s robust knowledge of the systems, laws, policies and programs related to family law and child welfare as well as his many years of experience working directly with and guiding parents and children through difficult family issues gives him unique insights and allows him to find the best possible solution for you and your family.
Michael also represents children and youth as a Children’s Lawyer.
Michael has appeared in both the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court of British Columbia as well as administrative tribunals.
Outside the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his husband and four cats, cycling, hiking, yoga and running.
British Columbia, 2020
New Brunswick 2014
Prince Edward Island 2015
Juris Doctor (JD), University of New Brunswick (2013)
Honours Degree (BA), St. Thomas University (2008)
Master of Education (Med), University of Prince Edward Island (2017)
Family Support and Community Engagement Certificate, Ryerson University (2020)
Child and Youth Human Rights Certificate, Mount Royal University (2020)
Memberships and Affiliations
National Canadian Bar Association – Child and Youth Law Section, Executive Member (2019 to Present)
Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Co-Chair – Children’s Law Section (2021 to Present)