Michelle’s core practice is in the area of professional liability and health law. She has extensive experience in handling a wide range of health-related claims, from defending hospitals, healthcare professionals, and regulators in malpractice-type litigation, to defending professionals in licensing, complaints, incapacity (including mental health and addictions issues), and discipline matters before their respective regulatory colleges. Amongst the various health professionals she represents, Michelle has acted for acupuncturists, chiropractors, chiropodists, dental hygienists, dentists, dietitians, massage therapists. medical laboratory technologists, medical radiation technologists, naturopaths, nurses (RPNs, RNs and NPs), occupational therapists, pharmacists, physicians, social workers, speech pathologists, veterinarians, and others. Michelle also defends health regulators, professional associations, and employers in civil actions and human rights proceedings.
In addition, Michelle's practice areas include employment law and institutional abuse (defending public and private bodies against claims for sexual and physical abuse allegedly perpetrated by employees).
Michelle is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. She sat on the Executive of the OBA Health Law Section (from 2008 to June 2013). Outside of her legal practice, Michelle is a former Member and co-Chair of the Board of Directors of George Herman House in Toronto, a charitable organization that provides transitional housing and supportive programming to women with mental health issues. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Harold and Grace Baker Centre, a long-term care home and retirement residence, and of the Harold and Grace Baker Foundation. Michelle has been selected by her peers to be included in the 2008-2017 editions of “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in the specialty of Health Care Law.