HMC Lawyers LLP
Sectors of Practice
Mike is a formally trained mediator and arbitrator with an extensive educational background in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition to his extensive practice as a civil litigator, he has over 150 hours of ADR training. Mike received his C. Med. Designation in 2016, his Q. Arb in 2015, and his C.Arb in 2017.
Mediation and arbitration are unregulated fields, and although anyone can label him or herself as a “mediator” or “arbitrator”, few have taken formal training in ADR. Mike’s formal training in conjunction with his diverse experience as a litigator allows him the creativity to apply a number of different approaches to dispute resolution based on what the parties want, and what the situation calls for. In particular, he blends components of interest-based mediation with more evaluative aspects in order to provide the services his mediation clients need. He offers flexible arbitration arrangements as well as Med/Arb services.
Mike is a past member of the Conduct Committee and the Assurance Fund Adjudications (Finance Committee) at the Law Society of Alberta and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at the ADR Institute of Alberta. He is currently on the Board of Directors at Calgary Legal Guidance.
Mike is also a member of the Alberta Family Mediation Society where he is registered as a “Practicing Mediator”.
Areas of Interest and Expertise
Mike has had a diverse practice over career as a civil litigator. He is prepared to mediate or arbitrate any kind of dispute. Some areas of interest are as follows:
• Personal Injury
• Family Law Disputes
• Energy Litigation
• Corporate and Commercial Litigation including shareholder disputes and oppression remedies
• Construction Litigation
• Professional Liability and Malpractice
• Employment Law
Mike prides himself on his flexibility in finding and applying the best ADR solutions to whatever is in dispute.
Mike’s ADR philosophy relates to perspective and is best summed up by Henry Ford:
“If there is any great secret of success in life, it lies in the ability to put yourself in the other person’s place and to see things from his point of view – as well as your own”.
ADR Training & Qualifications
Other Professional Qualifications
LL.B University of Saskatchewan, College of Law 1997