Michael Wright

Michael Wright
Wright Henry LLP
Civil Litigation, Class Action, Employment & Labour

Michael Wright is a lawyer with the firm Wright Henry LLP in Toronto, focused on civil litigation/class actions, employment, and labour law.

After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1986 and his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Law School in 1989, Mr. Wright went on to graduate with a Doctor of the Science of Law from Stanford Law School in 1993. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991.

Focusing on civil litigation and class actions on behalf of employees, retirees and pension plans, Mr. Wright also advises executives and professionals in a range of industries on employment matters.

He has acted for individuals in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, and a variety of other sectors and has advised employees concerning wrongful dismissal, competition issues, and compensation matters.

In addition to providing advice and advocacy to unions and professional organizations, Mr. Wright has negotiated collective agreements in the electricity, symphonic and television sectors.

He has acted both as counsel and as a nominee on arbitration boards in the final arbitration of collective agreements in the electricity and university sectors.

Mr. Wright has advised unions, professional organizations, and their pension and benefit plans, on pension matters, injunctions, judicial review applications, and shareholder actions, and has represented his clients in the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.

He has written numerous articles on labour law and legal theory in journals and has taught advanced seminars in labour law at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mr. Wright is a speaker on labour and employment law issues, and has presented at the National Judicial Institute's Superior Court of Justice Judges' Conference, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario's Special Lectures on Employment Law, and the Lancaster House Annual Labour Arbitration Conference.

Mr. Wright is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.

Michael Wright Posts

Supreme Court set to hear Uber case with implications for gig economy

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada is set to start to hear a case today brought by Uber with potentially significant implications for the gig economy. Read more

Wright to appear before SCC in ride-sharing driver case

An agreement between the world’s leading ride-sharing service and one of its drivers is unfair, and the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) should uphold a lower court decision to allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed, Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells the Globe and Mail. Read more

Firms count on employees just accepting non-compete clauses

Canadian employers continue to insist on placing non-compete clauses in employment contracts even though they are largely unenforceable, Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells the Globe and Mail. Read more

Decision preferring contractual over common law rights concerning

Employees should be concerned by a recent Court of Appeal decision distinguishing between employment and shareholder rights, says Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Wright Henry brings experience, quality to employment, labour law

Senior executives and other professionals can find the legal advice they need at Wright Henry LLP, says founding partner and Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Ride-sharing class action back on track despite province bailing

The provincial government's decision to not take part in an appeal concerning a proposed $400-million class action against a leading ride-sharing service was an "abdication," says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, who successfully argued the matter on behalf of a plaintiff driver. Read more

Wright retained to argue appeal for proposed Uber driver class action

The Uber driver who launched a proposed $400-million class action against the global ride-sharing app is appealing an Ontario judge’s decision to stay the lawsuit, says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

N.S. appeal court 'vindicates' cardiologist

A recent finding from the highest court in Nova Scotia "completely vindicates" a Halifax cardiologist who successfully sued the former Capital District Health Authority after her hospital privileges were reduced, her counsel, Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, tells CBC News. Read more

Manulife Financial Corporation class action tentatively settled

The law firms of Siskinds LLP, Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP, and Siskinds, Desmeules sencrl are pleased to announce the settlement of class actions against Manulife Financial Corporation (TSX and NYSE: MFC) and certain of Manulife's former officers. Read more

Halifax cardiologist's victory tempered by ongoing legal saga

The “tremendous victory” won by a Halifax cardiologist represented by Toronto lawyer Michael Wright has been suppressed by further legal proceedings, Wright tells CBC Radio and the Chronicle Herald. Read more

Landmark $1.4M awarded for 'destroyed' research career

A Halifax cardiologist represented by Toronto lawyers Michael Wright and Danielle Stampley has won a landmark $1.4-million lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the loss of her reputation and research career. READ Financial Post, CBC, Lawyers Weekly Read more

Cardiologist suing Halifax health authority for $10.4 M

A cardiologist represented by Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright is seeking $10.4 million in damages after the withdrawal of her privileges, the Halifax Chronicle Herald reports. Read more

Employer’s financial state irrelevant to employee notice period

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision serves as reminder to lawyers representing employers that any attempt to bring financial difficulties into arguments relating to a dismissed employee's notice period will fall flat, Toronto lawyer Michael Wright tells Lawyers Weekly. Read more

Wrongful dismissal, discrimination finding upheld by OCA

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has dismissed the appeal of an employer that was found to have wrongfully dismissed and discriminated against an employee in a case that sheds light on the issue of family status accommodation, says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Employer’s finances not relevant to notice period: OCA

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has confirmed that an employer’s financial circumstances are not relevant to the determination of what a reasonable notice period may be for a wrongfully dismissed employee, says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more