Michael is a tax counsel of EY Law LLP, where his practice focuses primarily on tax controversy and litigation, including representing clients in income tax and indirect tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec at all stages from audit to objection and before the courts, as well as in matters of collections disputes and taxpayer relief, in English and in French.
Michael has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Cour du Québec, the Québec Superior Court and various administrative tribunals.
Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Michael practiced tax law with a well-known firm in Montreal and in a tax boutique practice in Ottawa and Gatineau, where he represented individuals and owner-managers, non-profits and large businesses in industries including real estate, technology, fashion and manufacturing.
Michael has particular experience in indirect tax issues, as well as the taxation of real estate, charities and not-for-profits, successions and estates and issues of Quebec civil and corporate law.
Michael has also been recognized for his knowledge and insight in the taxation of emerging technologies, and has given presentations on tax aspects of Bitcoin, crowdfunding and virtual economies at STEP and other organizations. He has also been cited by the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce in connection with the taxation of Bitcoin.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael was a personal finance columnist for the Montreal Gazette and other Canwest publications, and contributed to numerous Montreal and national publications on topics of business, technology and popular culture.
- Law Society of Upper Canada (2014)
- Barreau du Québec (2011)
- Juris Doctor – Common Law (Université de Montréal), 2010
- Diplôme de droit notarial (Université de Montréal), 2008
- LL.B. – Civil Law (Université de Montréal), 2007
- Certificate in Chinese Law Studies (China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing), 2005
- B.A. Specialization in Journalism (Concordia University), 2003