Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto criminal lawyer Michael graduated from Simon Fraser University majoring in English with a minor in Criminology. While at Simon Fraser, Michael was a Jack Diamond Scholarship Recipient, a scholarship that is awarded to individuals who excel academically and athletically. Michael played on the Varsity Football team and was selected as Team Captain for his Senior Season.
Upon completion of his Undergrad, Michael volunteered weekly at Access Pro Bono, a not-for-profit organization providing free legal advice for those who qualified for legal aid but could not afford a lawyer. This opportunity provided Michael with invaluable hands-on experience working with those from the impoverished Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Michael’s pursuit of legal studies took him to the University of Kent in England where he graduated with upper-class honors. While at Law School, Michael established the Canadian Law Society and served as the organization’s Vice-President. One of Michael’s main initiatives with the Canadian Law Society was to establish a Canadian Law Moot. In this moot, unique Canadian Charter issues were debated and judged by a panel of Canadian alumni working in various levels of government, professors and local barristers. Michael was awarded Best Mooter at the competition. Michael was also active in the award-winning Kent Law Clinic.
Michael articled with both Kathryn Wells and Leora Shemesh and has worked on a wide-range of criminal matters as a Toronto criminal lawyer. Michael’s main passion is advocating and legal research. He has been an associate at Leora Shemesh Criminal Law since 2015.