Michael has a general corporate and commercial practice, with an emphasis on: (a) financial services, which primarily involves representing financial institutions on secured lending transactions; and (b) property and development, which primarily involves advising on acquisitions and divestitures, leasing matters and financing matters.

Michael also frequently acts as Manitoba counsel for law firms and businesses located in other jurisdictions. As a result, he is often consulted on matters concerning Manitoba limited partnerships and legal opinions.

Prior to joining Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Michael was an associate at Torys LLP in Toronto.

Michael is Co-Chair of the Corporate and Commercial department and a member of the Management Committee at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP.

  • Primary Practice Area

    Financial Services

  • Practice Areas

    Financial Services

    Corporate and Commercial Law

    Government & Regulatory

    Property & Development


  • Education

    University of Manitoba, LL.B., 1999
    University of Winnipeg, B.A., 1996

  • Industries


    Financial Services

    Health Care

    Real Estate & Property Development


  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 2000

  • Achievements

    While in law school, Michael was the recipient of 15 academic awards and scholarships for the highest standing in various courses, the highest standing in second year law and the third-highest standing in both first and third year law.

  • In the Community


    Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Alphonsus School, Inc.

    Board Member of St. Mary's Academy Foundation, Inc. and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee

    Board Member of Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and Vice-Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee

    Member of the United Way Major Donors Executive Committee

    Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Manitoba Marathon Foundation

  • Speaking Engagements

    Michael has undertaken numerous speaking engagements and presentations and has prepared various articles and other materials on matters concerning limited partnerships, legal opinions, loan agreements, secured lending transactions and other corporate and commercial matters.