Michael Lesage

Michael Lesage
FIRM:
Michael's Law Firm
POSITION:
Sole Practitioner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury
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Michael Lesage, sole practitioner of Michael’s Law Firm in Toronto, focuses mainly on commercial and business litigation.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Western University in 2003, Mr. Lesage earned his Doctor of Law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006. He was called to the Florida Bar in 2006 and the Ontario Bar in 2012.

Working in Pittsburgh and Florida in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, professional malpractice and insurance, Mr. Lesage regularly handled matters for doctors, business owners, and community residents at arbitration, trial, and on appeal.

Since moving back home to Southern Ontario in 2012, Mr. Lesage’s practice has continued to focus primarily on litigation.

His legal practice includes business litigation, professional negligence/malpractice claims, personal injury, and insurance coverage disputes.

He has represented clients in front of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Small Claims Court, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Michael Lesage Posts

Case shows courthouse doors closed to majority of Ontarians

Despite concerns from the Supreme Court of Canada that justice is increasingly available only to the rich, a recent decision illustrates that this message hasn’t gotten through to the lower courts, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Is it worth hiring a lawyer to help with a small claims matter?

By Michael Lesage Frequently, I am contacted by potential clients who are seeking to hire me to represent them in small claims matters. While I am of course happy to represent them throughout, in most cases, I tell them it makes financial sense to consult with me for only a few hours, and to handle most of the claim themselves. Read more

Get a lawyer involved early when buying a home: Lesage

A couple who discovered the deal to buy their dream house was cancelled because they failed to sign a contract amendment is a lesson to get a lawyer involved early in the transaction, says Toronto litigator Michael Lesage. Read more

Current legal practices, procedures must be streamlined: Lesage

It is time to acknowledge that many current legal practices and procedures are out of line with the value of the interests at stake and the profession must take steps to address and streamline them, Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher candidate and Toronto litigator Michael Lesage writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Sole practitioners need a seat at LSO table: Lesage

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) needs benchers who are sole practitioners with experience in personal injury law, candidate Michael Lesage tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Bencher candidate Lesage wants LSO to be more efficient

Bencher candidate Michael Lesage says he would like to see the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) “become more effective in a much more limited sphere.” Read more

Legal malpractice in real estate transactions – not a simple matter

By Michael Lesage . Recently, in this case , the court addressed the issue of solicitor’s negligence (legal malpractice) arising out of a real estate transaction. In that case, issues arose after the initial owner sought to divide his Mississauga property into two lots, subsequently severing and selling the lot to the purchaser in 2005. Read more

Bencher candidate Lesage running to be 'voice' of small firms

Toronto litigator and Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher candidate Michael Lesage says it’s crucial that the voices of the smaller firms are heard at Convocation. Read more

LSO should address hole in cost protection market: Lesage

Toronto litigator and bencher candidate Michael Lesage says the doors are shutting to sole practitioners and small firms across the province when it comes to purchasing legal cost protection — but this could present an opportunity for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). Read more

Backing out of an Ontario Agreement of Purchase and Sale

By Michael Lesage . Two recent Superior Court decisions should serve as a reminder that backing out of a signed (and enforceable, which is not always the case) Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS) for a property can prove costly. Read more

Homeowners can protect themselves by researching contractor

A Hamilton family that paid a contractor $15,000 for work that isn’t even close to being finished could take the matter to small claims court, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells CHCH News. Read more

LSO in need of revamp: Lesage

The recent announcement by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) that it's raising its annual fees for lawyers in 2019 is yet another example of how the organization appears oblivious to the plight of its members, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Is insurance coverage becoming illusory?

By Michael Lesage . Broadly speaking, insurance is a form of risk management, used by people and organizations to distribute and allocate risk. Read more

Mandated discovery plans will only add delay to litigation

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision that demands parties sit down and identify relevant documents and make a discovery plan is an invitation for more delay in the litigation process, Toronto litigator Michael Lesage tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

How much is my Ontario long-term disability claim worth?

By Michael Lesage . The monetary value of a long-term disability claim depends upon a number of factors. The initial factor of course is whether you can prove you are entitled to long-term disability benefits (which comes down to whether you can show you meet the policy definition of disability), and if so, your age and likely prognosis (i.e. if you are expected to recover within six months, your claim will have nominal value, whereas if your injury is expected to persist for the duration of the policy, its value will be higher). Read more