About Michael Alexander
Attorney trained in Canada and United States with highly successful track record in civil litigation, administrative proceedings, health law and public policy matters. Experienced in all levels of court system, including Supreme Court of Canada, government commissions and professional tribunals in matters ranging from insurance disputes to Charter violations. On business side, involved in regulatory and financial aspects of new media start-ups.
LITIGATION AND REGULATORY COUNSEL
Providing representation on public policy and regulatory matters, while practising variously as in-house counsel, government counsel, and litigation counsel. Examples of achievements: exposed College of Physicians in use of fraudulent internal report to bring disciplinary charges against high-profile physician; created innovative defence framework in College disciplinary matters for Ontario Society of Physicians for Complementary Medicine (sub-group of OMA); prepared NBBA Venture Capital to successfully demonstrate at CRTC hearings (2008-9) that broadcasting competitors had violated Competition Act and CRTC regulations; wrote briefs for Mike Harris Government, which resulted in major legislative reforms.
SUPREME COURT COUNSEL
In April 2005, acted as lead counsel at Supreme Court of Canada in seven-year action in which State Farm Insurance (U.S.) challenged terms of standard form residential insurance contracts extending coverage to mortgagees (Alexander v. State Farm, SCC 30231). Appeared as self-represented litigant, while defending interests of mortgage investors across Canada. Obtained unanimous judgment in favour of mortgage investors on June 9, 2005; judgment prevented insurance companies from arbitrarily increasing premiums for homeowners, thereby preserving existing national regulatory framework for distribution of risk and saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.
PROFESSIONAL WRITER, SPEAKER, MEDIA COMMENTATOR
Author of How to Inherit Money (HarperCollins, 1997), best-selling business book examining legal, social and political aspects of $11 trillion North American inheritance boom, and Competing Against America (Wiley and Sons, 2005), public policy book exploring causes of Canada's low levels of innovation and productivity.
Speaking professionally for major financial organizations including Mackenzie Financial, Manulife, Investors Group, ScotiaMcLeod, Levesque Securities, Cougar Global Investments, Toronto Board of Trade, as well as universities such as U of T and Princeton. Represented by Lavin Agency and Speakers' Spotlight (1998-2011).
Providing advice on business and public policy issues for broadcasters such as U.S.A. Network, National Public Radio (U.S.), Southam News, Newsworld, CTV News, Canada AM, the Lang and O'Leary Exchange. Talk radio interviews in U.S. syndicated to over 400 stations. Regular member of global affairs panel on Michael Coren Show.
EDUCATIONColumbia Law School, 1987-8
- Master's Degree -- Honors Standing
- Laidlaw Fellow in Law and Political Science
- Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- Master of Arts in Political Philosophy -- Ontario Graduate Scholarship
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science -- with Distinction
APPENDIX: EXAMPLES OF INNOVATION, HEALTH LAW AND REGULATORY FILES
2000 to Present
Innovation Files -- currently working with entrepreneurs on regulatory and financing issues relating to new ventures -- acting as principal and advisor for business exporting Canadian building materials to oil-rich Mongolia; working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee on new Internet radio station linked to specialty TV dance channel; assisting Chinese-Canadian film producer in accessing Asian financing for Canadian film projects on tax-friendly basis; assisting environmental engineer in bringing new landfill elimination technology to market.
Health Law -- retained to represent doctors before College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in litigation and administrative proceedings from 2009 to present; also advised physicians on specific issues relating to Regulated Health Professions Act, Health Professions Procedural Code, Medicine Act, and associated regulations; acted as advisor to the Ontario Society of Physicians for Complementary Medicine (sub-group of OMA); currently, acting as advisor for People's Right to Integrative Medicine, a newly formed physician-patient organization, seeking changes in regulatory framework to allow for greater innovation in medicine in Ontario.
Regulatory Matters -- advisor to Honourable Frank Klees, Ontario's Minister of Transportation under Premier Ernie Eves; retained to act as Policy Chair during Mr. Klees bid to become leader of Ontario Progressive Conservative Party; as in-house counsel, advised NBBA Enterprises (VC) on changes in public policy affecting company holdings in television, film and new media; retained from 2007 to 2013.
Normal Geographical Limits to Practice
Greater GTA, including southwestern Ontario
Dispute Resolution Services
Accepts Legal Aid Certificates in the following areas: Mental Health, Consent and Capacity Board, litigation
Home Visits and/or Visits to Institutionalized Clients
Returns Long Distance Messages