Michael’s diverse client base ranges from small, professional organizations to large, multinational corporations. He is able to confidently advise you on the entire employee-employer relationship, from the hiring process through to terminations, including:
•Drafting, implementing, modifying and enforcing contracts and policies
•Human rights complaints and employment standards
•Employer duties and best practices in accommodation and return to work compliance
•Independent legal advice to executives in negotiating employment agreements and their rights and obligations upon departure
Awards and Recognition:
•Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017 - 2019
Michael is a fierce advocate who will provide you with strong representation in the courtroom and the boardroom. He specializes in navigating difficult situations to find the best result, whether at trial or through a negotiated settlement. He is particularly adept at determining the appropriate strategy while avoiding spending unnecessary time and resources, reviewing matters first to determine the likely legal outcome, then taking action.
If a matter proceeds to trial you can be confident that you are with a litigator with over 200 days of diverse trial and appellant experience at:
•Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
•The Alberta Court of Appeal
•The Federal Court (Trial Division)
•The Federal Court of Appeal
•Various Boards and Tribunals, acting for Administrative Bodies and for clients defending their rights in administrative proceeding
Some examples of Michael’s trial and appeal experience includes:
•Sherstone v. Aetna Life Insurance Co. of Canada
Acted for the Defendant and Respondent at trial and on appeal successfully argued that the deceased had enough mental capacity to cancel his optional additional life insurance coverage, and that he committed suicide, thereby disentitling the Plaintiff and Appellant accidental death benefits.
•Suburban Activity Centre Inc. v. 304629 Alberta Ltd.
Acted for the Plaintiff and Respondent, successfully arguing that the Defendant had breached an agreement to sell a commercial office building to the Plaintiff and recovering significant damages for the Plaintiff and then successfully defending the judgment, including obtaining an order finding the Defendant in contempt of court.
•Condominium Plan No. 0715560 v Le Beau Developments Inc.
Acted for the Defendant both before the Court of Queen’s Bench and in an Arbitration successfully denying the Plaintiff and Claimant’s claim for over $4 million in damages allegedly arising from construction deficiencies.
•Montana Band v. Canada, Federal Court (Trial Division) and the Federal Court of Appeal
Acted for the Plaintiff and Respondent before the Federal Court (Trial Division) and the Federal Court of Appeal in proving the prima facie claim of the Plaintiff in a claim for the wrongful surrender of reserve lands and defending that decision before the Court of Appeal.
Presentations & Publications
• 2017 Labour & Employment Year in Review, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2018
• Appraising Appraisals - Conducting Effective Employment Reviews, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2017
• Accommodating Mental Illness & Maintaining Discipline, Disability Cost Management Seminar, Gallagher Benefit Services, 2017
• Drafting Sound and Enforceable Employment Agreements: Alberta and the North, McLennan Ross Webinar, 2017
• Accommodating Mental Illness and Maintaining Discipline, McLennan Ross Duty to Accommodate Seminar and Mock Human Rights Tribunal Hearing, 2016
• 2015 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2016
• Disability and Legislative Leaves: A Panel Discussion, Arthur J. Gallagher, 2015
• General Employment Issues Common to Transportation Companies, 14th Annual Rogers Stieg Transportation Seminar, 2014
• Labour & Employment Year in Review, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2013
• Employee Discharge and Documentation in Alberta, Lorman Education Services, 2013
• The Death of the Bump: Calculation of Wallace Damages in the Post-Keays Era, Michael D. Aasen and Erin A. Viala, Miller Thomson LLP, 2009
• Miscellaneous CCAA Issues, Sandra M. Mah and Michael D. Aasen, Miller Thomson LLP, 2002
• Report on Title Insurance in Canada, Michael D. Aasen and Sean F. Collins, Miller Thomson LLP, September 1998
Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
•Board of Directors, Calgary Collegiate Baseball and Fastball Society - charged with promoting elite level baseball and fastball in Calgary
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