Michael Gleeson a new partner at DDO Health Law

By Jennifer Pritchett, Associate Editor

Toronto health lawyer Michael Gleeson is now a partner at the boutique firm DDO Health Law.

“I’m really enjoying my time here — law firm partners Mary Jane Dykeman and Kathy O’Brien have created a great place where we do important work with good people,” he tells “I’m thankful they have given me this opportunity.”

Gleeson has a broad practice working with hospitals, shared-service organizations and others in the health sector. He focuses on commercial agreements, procurement, corporate reorganizations, as well as governance and integration issues.

He says it seems no accident he ended up practising health law.

Gleeson's educational background includes both a bachelor of science and a master's degree in science from Queen’s University. He took a number of health-related courses while pursuing a law degree at the University of Toronto.

After he graduated in 2005 and was called to the Ontario bar the next year, he accepted a full-time job at a large, all-purpose Bay Street firm practising corporate law. While there, he worked closely with lawyers in the health law section and enjoyed it.

Later, when a law school friend told him about a position at DDO, Gleeson jumped at the chance.

“I knew right away it was going to be a good fit,” he says. “The firm was doing interesting work for clients I could feel good about."

Dykeman adds, “At DDO, we pride ourselves on serving the health sector and we feel privileged to be able to assist on the broad range of issues we do. Michael is a fine lawyer and we are proud to call him a partner.”

O’Brien echoed this, saying, “Our clients hold him in high regard: he is smart, responsive and makes it a point to understand their business.”

Gleeson says his practice is rewarding.

“Working for public hospitals and people in the health-care field makes me feel like I’m doing something useful and contributing to society, while still running a business," he says. "I think this is a pretty neat place to be. We are helping public entities, which is a good thing.”

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