Michael Lesage

Michael Lesage
Michael's Law Firm
Sole Practitioner
Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Personal Injury

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

Michael's Law Firm joins Nextlaw Global Referral Network

Toronto litigator Michael Lesage , principal of Michael’s Law Firm , is now a member of Nextlaw Global Referral Network — the largest legal referral network in the world — comprising 283 member firms located in more than 160 countries. Read more

LSUC should settle contingency contract confusion

A recent court ruling over the wording in a contingency fee contract between a lawyer and a client highlights a common issue and one the Law Society of Upper Canada should seek to rectify, says Toronto litigator Michael Lesage. Read more

Homeowner’s insurance in Ontario explained

By Michael Lesage . At the most basic level, a homeowner’s insurance policy is intended to protect an insured homeowner against unexpected loss. However, as anyone who has suffered a loss has likely learned, your insurance company may not be there when you need them. Read more

Limitations extended where dentist denied fault, continued work

By Michael Lesage . In Chelli-Greco v. Rizk , 2016 ONCA 489, the Court of Appeal upheld a judge’s ruling that Cheli-Greco’s claim was not discovered until after she terminated her relationship with Dr. Rizk, such that her claim was not statute barred. Read more

LSUC could take lead advising lawyers on digital technologies

Too many Ontario lawyers are stuck in the last century because they won’t fully embrace digital technologies to make their practices more efficient and drive a wider adoption of electronic document management in the profession, says Toronto civil litigator Michael Lesage . Read more

OCA adds complexity to summary judgment options

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision brings more complexity to the summary judgment process, especially those involving self-represented litigants and cases of medical malpractice, says Toronto civil litigator Michael Lesage. Read more

Challenging expert business valuations at trial

By Michael Lesage . Where the value of a business is disputed at trial, work should start at discovery (if not before) to determine the facts upon which an opposing expert will base his/her valuation, and the reasons used therein in support of such business valuation. The final business valuation (expert report) should then be thoroughly parsed, to determine whether such ‘ expert ’ has used creative license to arrive at a particular conclusion, either increasing or decreasing the projected value of the business. Read more

Failure to meet insurer's timelines may not forfeit coverage

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision confirms that the failure to report an accident to an insurer within the timeframe specified by an insurance policy does not necessarily act as a bar to coverage, Toronto civil litigator Michael Lesage writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Continued medical treatment triggers discoverability principle

By Michael Lesage . In a significant decision, the Court of Appeal held that the limitations period was tolled (or that the discoverability principle applied) where a patient suffered severe complications after surgery, but the doctor continued to treat to correct the complications. Read more

Latest moves in lawyer-firm dispute may spawn more litigation

The latest decision in the saga involving a Niagara lawyer who sued his former law firm, claiming its actions cost him the opportunity to pursue a claim against a car company after his dealership failed, is likely to result in further litigation rather than resolve the issue, Toronto civil litigator Michael Lesage tells Law Times . Read more

Cloud technology could reduce costs, better service clients

Frustrated with myriad document management systems and the sheer waste of both time and resources in assembling and delivering court documents, Ontario’s lawyers need to collaborate on their own standard for using Cloud technology, says Toronto litigator Michael Lesage. Read more

Lesson to be learned in limitations malpractice

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision which allows a Toronto couple’s case against their former lawyer to proceed for failing to file an injury claim within the time limit is a caution to the profession, says Toronto civil litigator Michael Lesage . Read more

$1.3 million reasons not to trust an insurance denial

By Michael Lesage. When D.C. required an expensive drug (Soliris – costing around $25,000 per month) she turned to her group benefits carrier, Industrial Alliance (IA) for coverage. Her IA policy provided for reimbursement of 90 per cent of certain drug costs. However, Industrial Alliance denied coverage, initially relying on an inapplicable policy exclusion. D.C. then submitted her claim to her husband’s benefits carrier, Great West Life (which provided benefits for employees of Arcelormittal Dofasco), who began to make inquiries as to why Soliris wasn’t covered under D.C.’s IA policy. Discussions between IA and Great West Life went nowhere, at which point her husband’s employer (which paid for the secondary insurance that covered the cost of Soliris) brought suit in Arcelormittal Dofasco Inc. v. Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Inc., 2016 ONCA 224. Read more

Interest in referral agreements likely unaffected by ruling

A recent ruling that found that a law firm was not vicariously liable for the alleged actions of an affiliated counsel is important, considering the popularity of agreements between firms and external lawyers, Toronto lawyer Michael Lesage tells Law Times . Read more

Don’t delay calling a lawyer after an accident

Choosing a lawyer to represent your interests following an accident can be difficult — but delaying that call could cause even more harm, Toronto lawyer Michael Lesage tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more