Review Counsel, Community Legal Services Personnel
Mike earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, Innis College, with a specialization in Political Science. At University of Windsor's Faculty of Law, Mike earned his J.D. in 2014. A proud alumni of Windsor's Community Legal Aid student clinic—Mike owes so much of his development as a young lawyer to his own student clinic experience.
Mike developed a varied practice at Buset LLP, one of Thunder Bay's leading full-service law firms. Over seven years, Mike's practice focused on supporting business and community-facing private and institutional clients in different areas of law. Mike has appeared at nearly every level of Court in Ontario, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court. With a practice in administrative law, Mike has regularly appeared before the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Tribunals, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Mike has represented parties in several Coroner's Inquests. Mike has also appeared before professional bodies in proceedings at the Professional Engineers of Ontario's discipline committee as well as a hearing panel in the United Church of Canada.
Along with a varied litigation practice, Mike is an accomplished solicitor who has closed hundreds of real estate transactions, incorporated and organized scores of companies, attended to the purchase and sales of businesses, secured lending transactions, and the formation and registration of Cannabis grow operations and Cannabis retailers across Ontario.
Mike has had the privilege of assisting several Indigenous communities across Ontario to support them in various capacities, including in relation to human resources, natural resources, the development of election codes, and litigating contested election and governance matters.
Mike hopes to impart his experience and values to develop highly effective advocates who possess a special understanding of systemic and social issues that often present barriers to folks participating in the justice system.