About Michael Alexander
Attorney trained in Canada and the United Stated with highly successful track record in civil litigation, administrative proceedings, regulatory matters and public policy issues. Experienced in all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada, government commissions and professional tribunals, in matters ranging from insurance disputes to violation of Charter rights. Also involved in providing strategic communications services for individuals and corporations.
Litigationworks is devoted to cutting-edge litigation in the private and public sectors with a view to protecting and advancing the lawful interests of our clients.
- Wrongful Dismissal
- Human Rights
- Constitutional Law
- Administrative Law
- Professional Discipline
- Consent and Capacity Board
- Insurance Disputes (other than personal injury)
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
- 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
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