Michael practices exclusively in the areas of Pensions and Employee Benefits. He provides clients with insight and practical counsel about legal and regulatory issues, both provincial and federal, surrounding retirement plans, employment benefits and other related human resource issues. In business transactions Michael advises clients on the pension and benefit implications. In addition to providing support on pension and benefit litigation, he assists clients with service provider agreements and the drafting of plan and trust documents. Michael is also highly experienced in the legal aspects of governing, administering and documenting group benefit plans, including non-pension post-retirement benefit plans.
For many years, Michael has been active in the area of legislative reform for pensions through a variety of forums. He served on the Advisory Committee for the Joint Alberta-British Columbia Drafting of Pension Legislation, which was formed by those two governments to provide input and advice into the development of a new joint pension standards act and regulation for the two provinces.
Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Michael was a founding member of a Calgary-based boutique firm focused on providing integrated HR legal solutions and a partner with a national law firm.