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Phone: 519.660.7860
Fax: 519.660.7861

For over 25 years I have represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. I also represent six provincial governments in tobacco health care costs claims.

Education

Western University

Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1986

About

André Michael, a partner with Siskinds LLP since 1993, was called to the Bar in 1988. Born and raised in Antigua in the West Indies, André graduated from De La Salle College in Toronto in 1980 and received his B.A. (Psychology and Economics) in 1983 and his LL.B. in 1986 from Western University in London. André articled and practiced at the litigation firm, Haines, Livingstone, establishing an interest in medical malpractice that he continued to develop after he joined Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey & Dowler LLP in 1990. André has a special interest and extensive experience in representing adults and children who have suffered brain injuries.

André leads Siskinds’ health law medical malpractice group. André has conducted numerous medical malpractice trials, and has extensive experience in all aspects of health care litigation, including obstetrical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and surgical cases. André also is actively engaged in tobacco health care costs recovery litigation on behalf of a number of provincial governments.

André is a former Director of the Advocates' Society. He was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice, and Vice-Chair of Education. He also was a Co-Chair of the 2012 Advocates’ Society Fall Convention.

André has been named in the Best Lawyers in Canada List since 2006 for Personal Injury Litigation, and is listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Medical Negligence Practitioner.


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Memberships and Associations

Middlesex Law Association, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
Advocates Society, Director

Awards and Recognition

André Michael was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019.
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 for Personal Injury Litigation
Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Medical Negligence Practitioner

Notable Work and Decisions

Boyd et al. v. Edington et al., 2014 ONSC 1130 (SCJ)
Trial decision awarding damages to the plaintiff for an emergency room physician’s failure to recognize the possibility of a stroke, his decision to reduce blood pressure, and his failure to consult with a specialist after his initial assessment. The Trial Judge held that but for these failures the plaintiff would not have suffered a debilitating stroke.
Medical Malpractice Trial Award for Failure to Obtain Informed Consent and Injuries from Delayed Diagnosis of Ureteric Injury
Damages awarded to plaintiff for failure to obtain informed consent to laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure and injuries from delay in diagnosing ureteric injury sustained during the procedure at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Medical Malpractice Trial Motion Regarding Number of Experts
Successfully opposed trial motion of the defence to request leave to call more than three expert witnesses in complex case relating to the recognition and management of neurological symptoms in the plaintiff who was suffering a stroke which ultimately resulted in quadriplegia.
Obstetrical Malpractice – Pediatric Malpractice – Brain Tumour – Delayed Diagnosis
Represented a child who suffered a complex brain injury following a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour.
Obstetrical Malpractice – Oxytocin – Bradycardia – Cerebral Palsy
Resolved case for a child with cerebral palsy due to prolonged oxygen deprivation causing hypoxic brain injury. Standard of care issues related to inappropriate commencement, and continuation, of intravenous oxytocin coupled with failures to recognize and manage prolonged bradycardia in the second stage of labour.

Publications and Speaking

Speaker "Role of Litigation in Public Health" Western University Master of Public Health Program 2014
Speaker "A Practical Guide to Jurisdiction" The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator 2012 Skills Instructor, Advocates' Society - 2007 to present

Community Involvement

André is a former Director of the Advocates' Society. He was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice, and Vice-Chair of Education. He also was a Co-Chair of the 2012 Advocates’ Society Fall Convention.

André Michael, a partner with Siskinds LLP since 1993, was called to the Bar in 1988. Born and raised in Antigua in the West Indies, André graduated from De La Salle College in Toronto in 1980 and received his B.A. (Psychology and Economics) in 1983 and his LL.B. in 1986 from Western University in London. André articled and practiced at the litigation firm, Haines, Livingstone, establishing an interest in medical malpractice that he continued to develop after he joined Siskind, Cromarty, Ivey & Dowler LLP in 1990. André has a special interest and extensive experience in representing adults and children who have suffered brain injuries.

André leads Siskinds’ health law medical malpractice group. André has conducted numerous medical malpractice trials, and has extensive experience in all aspects of health care litigation, including obstetrical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and surgical cases. André also is actively engaged in tobacco health care costs recovery litigation on behalf of a number of provincial governments.

André is a former Director of the Advocates' Society. He was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice, and Vice-Chair of Education. He also was a Co-Chair of the 2012 Advocates’ Society Fall Convention.

André has been named in the Best Lawyers in Canada List since 2006 for Personal Injury Litigation, and is listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Medical Negligence Practitioner.


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Middlesex Law Association, Member
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
Advocates Society, Director

André Michael was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019.
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 for Personal Injury Litigation
Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Medical Negligence Practitioner

Boyd et al. v. Edington et al., 2014 ONSC 1130 (SCJ)
Trial decision awarding damages to the plaintiff for an emergency room physician’s failure to recognize the possibility of a stroke, his decision to reduce blood pressure, and his failure to consult with a specialist after his initial assessment. The Trial Judge held that but for these failures the plaintiff would not have suffered a debilitating stroke.
Medical Malpractice Trial Award for Failure to Obtain Informed Consent and Injuries from Delayed Diagnosis of Ureteric Injury
Damages awarded to plaintiff for failure to obtain informed consent to laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure and injuries from delay in diagnosing ureteric injury sustained during the procedure at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Medical Malpractice Trial Motion Regarding Number of Experts
Successfully opposed trial motion of the defence to request leave to call more than three expert witnesses in complex case relating to the recognition and management of neurological symptoms in the plaintiff who was suffering a stroke which ultimately resulted in quadriplegia.
Obstetrical Malpractice – Pediatric Malpractice – Brain Tumour – Delayed Diagnosis
Represented a child who suffered a complex brain injury following a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour.
Obstetrical Malpractice – Oxytocin – Bradycardia – Cerebral Palsy
Resolved case for a child with cerebral palsy due to prolonged oxygen deprivation causing hypoxic brain injury. Standard of care issues related to inappropriate commencement, and continuation, of intravenous oxytocin coupled with failures to recognize and manage prolonged bradycardia in the second stage of labour.

Speaker "Role of Litigation in Public Health" Western University Master of Public Health Program 2014
Speaker "A Practical Guide to Jurisdiction" The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator 2012 Skills Instructor, Advocates' Society - 2007 to present

André is a former Director of the Advocates' Society. He was Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Advocacy and Practice, and Vice-Chair of Education. He also was a Co-Chair of the 2012 Advocates’ Society Fall Convention.

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