Michael specializes in family law, with a particular interest in adoptions and helping families that have children with disabilities or families with members that identify as LGBTQ+. Michael has litigated and mediated issues related to decision making and parenting time.
Michael is the first deaf-blind lawyer in Canada and is also a qualified Special Education teacher and Guidance Counsellor (having taught high school for four years), meaning that he is aware of ongoing educational issues and concerns. Michael is qualified to provide private Voice of the Child Reports.
He holds a certificate in Family Mediation from York University, a Master’s of Education from Queen’s University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and fondly remembers attending classes in person before COVID-19 changed everything.
In Michael’s spare time, he has taught advocacy skills at the Canadian Helen Keller Centre, delivered lectures on accommodations and accessibility to numerous post-secondary institutions, is attempting to finish a documentary on deaf-blind advocates, is an accredited and published film critic (on a weekly podcast), and is an accessibility advocate who works with those in the film, theatre, and transportation industries to help improve their accessibility practices.
Michael enjoys video games, reading, and watching/discussing films.
Michael has served on the board of directors for Sensity, is a member of Toronto’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and is on the programming/marketing committees of several film festivals.