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Partner - Class Actions

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Phone: 519.660.7872
Fax: 519.660.7873

Mike acts primarily for plaintiffs in class proceedings involving securities and investment fraud, product liability, and environmental contamination.

Education

Michael received his B.A. (with distinction) in 1997 from McGill University and his LL.B magna cum laude in 2000 from the University of Ottawa.

Called to the Bar in Ontario, 2002

About

Michael is a partner with Siskinds' class actions department. He acts primarily for plaintiffs in class proceedings involving securities and investment fraud, product liability, and environmental contamination. He also has expertise in general corporate, commercial and securities litigation, administrative law, and professional negligence. He has appeared as counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Michael is a ranked lawyer in the nationwide plaintiff class action lawyers rankings by Chamber & Partners for 2018.

Memberships and Associations

Middlesex Law Association, Member
The Advocates' Society, Member: Former Co-Chair of the Class Actions Practice Group
Canadian Bar Association, Member
Ontario Bar Association, Member: Former Regional Representative, Class Actions Section
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member

Awards and Recognition

Michael was named to Lexpert’s list of "Litigators to Watch" in their 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (December 2012).

In Chambers & Partners 2014 rankings for Class Actions in Canada, Michael was identified as “Up and Coming,” and Siskinds LLP’s class actions group was the only “Band 1” firm identified by Chambers Global in that category.

August 2014, Siskinds LLP named as the top-ranked Canadian firm in the "SCAS 50." Siskinds ranked 16th overall in the a global ranking of the world's 50 leading securities class action law firms, the highest ranking ever attained by a Canadian firm. It is compiled annually by Securities Class Action Services, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Siskinds was the first Canadian firm to rank in the top 50 and has been the top Canadian firm each year since 2010."

Notable Work and Decisions

  • Siskinds is co-counsel to the plaintiffs in a securities class action against Sino-Forest Corporation and certain of its officers, directors, auditors and underwriters.
    In 2013, a partial settlement with Ernst & Young for $117 million was approved.  This is the fifth-largest securities class action settlement with an auditor world-wide.
  • Siskinds is counsel to the class in IMAX, the first class action to obtain leave to proceed under Part XXIII.1 of the Securities Act.
    This provides remedies for misrepresentations made to investors in the secondary market.
  • Siskinds is co-counsel to plaintiffs in ongoing litigation on behalf of certain residents of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
    Residents alleging property damage and health effects resulting from industrial pollution in the city over a 100-year period.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiffs in a securities class action against Smart Technologies.
    The case was settled in 2013 for US$15.25 million.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiff in a securities class action against Gammon Gold.
    The case was settled in 2012 for $13.25 million.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiff in a securities class action against Arctic Glacier Income Fund and certain of its officers and directors.
    The case was settled in 2012 for $13.75 million.
  • Siskinds was co-counsel to the plaintiff in a securities class action against Gildan Activewear Inc. and certain of its officers and directors.
    The case was settled in 2010 for $22.5 million.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiffs in a securities class action against SunOpta Inc. and certain officers and directors.
    The case was settled jointly with parallel U.S. litigation for USD$11.25 million in 2009.
  • Siskinds was lead counsel in the securities class action against Royal Group Technologies Limited and certain current and former officers and directors.
    The case was settled in 2007 for $9 million.

Publications and Speaking

Moderator, “Securities Class Actions,” 11th National Symposium on Class Actions, Osgoode Professional Development - April 2014

 

In the News

August 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Siskinds LLP, one of Canada's leading class action law firms, is pleased to announce that it has been named again as the top-ranked Canadian firm in the "SCAS 50." Siskinds ranked 16th overall in the a global ranking of the world's 50 leading securities class action law firms, the highest ranking ever attained by a Canadian firm. It is compiled annually by Securities Class Action Services, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Siskinds was the first Canadian firm to rank in the top 50 and has been the top Canadian firm each year since 2010.

Michael is a partner with Siskinds' class actions department. He acts primarily for plaintiffs in class proceedings involving securities and investment fraud, product liability, and environmental contamination. He also has expertise in general corporate, commercial and securities litigation, administrative law, and professional negligence. He has appeared as counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Michael is a ranked lawyer in the nationwide plaintiff class action lawyers rankings by Chamber & Partners for 2018.

Middlesex Law Association, Member
The Advocates' Society, Member: Former Co-Chair of the Class Actions Practice Group
Canadian Bar Association, Member
Ontario Bar Association, Member: Former Regional Representative, Class Actions Section
Law Society of Upper Canada, Member

Michael was named to Lexpert’s list of "Litigators to Watch" in their 2012 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (December 2012).

In Chambers & Partners 2014 rankings for Class Actions in Canada, Michael was identified as “Up and Coming,” and Siskinds LLP’s class actions group was the only “Band 1” firm identified by Chambers Global in that category.

August 2014, Siskinds LLP named as the top-ranked Canadian firm in the "SCAS 50." Siskinds ranked 16th overall in the a global ranking of the world's 50 leading securities class action law firms, the highest ranking ever attained by a Canadian firm. It is compiled annually by Securities Class Action Services, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Siskinds was the first Canadian firm to rank in the top 50 and has been the top Canadian firm each year since 2010."

  • Siskinds is co-counsel to the plaintiffs in a securities class action against Sino-Forest Corporation and certain of its officers, directors, auditors and underwriters.
    In 2013, a partial settlement with Ernst & Young for $117 million was approved.  This is the fifth-largest securities class action settlement with an auditor world-wide.
  • Siskinds is counsel to the class in IMAX, the first class action to obtain leave to proceed under Part XXIII.1 of the Securities Act.
    This provides remedies for misrepresentations made to investors in the secondary market.
  • Siskinds is co-counsel to plaintiffs in ongoing litigation on behalf of certain residents of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
    Residents alleging property damage and health effects resulting from industrial pollution in the city over a 100-year period.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiffs in a securities class action against Smart Technologies.
    The case was settled in 2013 for US$15.25 million.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiff in a securities class action against Gammon Gold.
    The case was settled in 2012 for $13.25 million.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiff in a securities class action against Arctic Glacier Income Fund and certain of its officers and directors.
    The case was settled in 2012 for $13.75 million.
  • Siskinds was co-counsel to the plaintiff in a securities class action against Gildan Activewear Inc. and certain of its officers and directors.
    The case was settled in 2010 for $22.5 million.
  • Siskinds was counsel to the plaintiffs in a securities class action against SunOpta Inc. and certain officers and directors.
    The case was settled jointly with parallel U.S. litigation for USD$11.25 million in 2009.
  • Siskinds was lead counsel in the securities class action against Royal Group Technologies Limited and certain current and former officers and directors.
    The case was settled in 2007 for $9 million.

Moderator, “Securities Class Actions,” 11th National Symposium on Class Actions, Osgoode Professional Development - April 2014

 

August 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Siskinds LLP, one of Canada's leading class action law firms, is pleased to announce that it has been named again as the top-ranked Canadian firm in the "SCAS 50." Siskinds ranked 16th overall in the a global ranking of the world's 50 leading securities class action law firms, the highest ranking ever attained by a Canadian firm. It is compiled annually by Securities Class Action Services, a unit of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Siskinds was the first Canadian firm to rank in the top 50 and has been the top Canadian firm each year since 2010.