Michael joined Templeman Menninga LLP as an articling student in 2009, became an Associate upon his call to the Bar in 2010 and was admitted as a partner, January 2015. Michael is a member of the firm’s litigation department, where he practices primarily in the area of insurance defense, with a focus on municipal liability, personal injury, and property damage claims. Michael also has a family law/matrimonial practice. Prior to joining the firm Michael worked as a law student for several firms in Kingston and worked under Madame Justice Bonnie Warkentin of the Superior Court of Justice. Most recently, Michael worked alongside Justice Brian Abrams of the Superior Court of Justice during his tenure at Templeman Menninga LLP.
A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, where he attended Brock University, Michael graduated in 2006 with First Class Standing, receiving an Honours B.A. in Political Science and History. Michael received numerous awards at Brock University, including the William H. Hull Scholarship for Outstanding Political Scientist and the Purple Chair Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Brock University Political Science Department. Michael was the President of the Brock University Political Science Students’ Association and the student representative at the Political Science Faculty Board.
Michael moved to Kingston in 2006 to attend law school at Queen’s University, graduating in 2009. While at Queen’s, Michael was involved in a number of academic, community and extracurricular activities. He was elected the Executive Vice President of the Queen’s Law Students’ Society and held a number of executive positions including Communications Commissioner for Queen’s Law and the Queens’s Law website. Michael was an active member of Pro Bono Students Canada, where he served as a volunteer case worker. Michael was a member of the Queen’s Law team that was entered into the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin First Year Competitive International Law Moot.
When not engaged in the practice or study of law, Michael was the lead vocalist for Kingston’s loudest law-themed rock band, the Criminal Law Review, and has performed at numerous establishments throughout the Kingston area. Michael is an avid hockey fan and can be found cheering for his beloved Boston Bruins and is involved with the rock band, Nine Inch Nails, appearing in Rolling Stone Magazine in that capacity. Michael is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Frontenac Law Association. Michael currently serves as Co-Chair of the Frontenac Law Association Young Lawyers Group, and is the current FLA Techonolgy Committee Chair.