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Michael Battista LL.B. (Queen’s) B.A. (Toronto) was called to the Ontario bar in 1992 and has been practicing immigration and refugee law exclusively since that time. He is certified as a specialist in Citizenship and Immigration law (Immigration and Refugee Protection) by the Law Society of Ontario. His legal practice involves representation of clients in all areas of immigration and refugee law with a particular focus on immigration issues for the LGBTQ community, academics, and inadmissibility. Michael is the co-author of Canadian Family and Immigration Law: Intersections, Developments, and Conflicts (2015, Carswell). He is adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, where he was awarded the inaugural Teaching Innovation Award in 2018. He served as Litigation Coordinator for the Canadian Bar Association’s Immigration Section and received the section’s Volunteer Appreciation Award in 2019. His work with CBA has focused on access to justice for unrepresented litigants.

Michael served as Chair of Board of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and is the Founding Chair of Rainbow Railroad, an LGBTQ refugee support organization. Michael was awarded membership in the Ontario AIDS Network Honor Roll in recognition of his work on issues related to HIV and immigration. He is also a recipient of the Metropolitan Community Church’s Community Service Award.

Contact & Links
  • 160 Bloor Street East, Suite 1000
    Toronto, ON M4W 1B9
  • Pronouns: He/Him
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 1992

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 for work in:
  • Immigration Law
Special Focus:
  • Covid-19
  • Community Service Award - Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto - 2013
  • Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll
  • Volunteer Appreciation Award - Canadian Bar Association 2018-2019
  • Innovative Teaching Award - Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, 2017-2018
  • 2SLGBTQI+ Business Advocate of the Year - Canada's 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) - 2023

In the News: Making Citizenship More inclusive
See Michael's interview on recent changes to the Canadian citizenship process for children born abroad here.

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