Michael Wright

Michael Wright
FIRM:
Wright Henry LLP
POSITION:
Lawyer
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Civil Litigation, Class Action, Employment & Labour
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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

Leave to appeal dismissed in Manulife class action

Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells Canadian Lawyer's InHouse magazine an arbitration board's decision to uphold the Calgary Fire Department's temporary suspension and demotion of a captain who described female fire crew members with an expletive, is a "reasonable result." Read more

Agreed-upon terms must be followed

Whether all terms of an employment agreement will be enforced is an issue that comes before courts, says Toronto lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Civil proceedings, labour arbitrations can learn from each other

When examining what civil proceedings and labour arbitrations could draw from each other to enhance both processes, it’s important to first look at the major differences between the two, Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright said at a recent Ontario Bar Association Institute 2014 session. Read more

Bill C-377 faces opposition, creates "administrative burden"

While transparency has been touted as the motive behind a bill requiring labour unions to disclose detailed financial information, it’s likely not the primary objective, says Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright. Read more

Decision over fire captain's expletive is 'reasonable result'

Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells Canadian Lawyer's InHouse magazine an arbitration board's decision to uphold the Calgary Fire Department's temporary suspension and demotion of a captain who described female fire crew members with an expletive, is a "reasonable result." Read more

'Love' doesn't change anything: Wright

Toronto lawyer Michael Wright, writes in a Focus Section piece for Lawyers Weekly, that Love v. Acuity Investment Management Inc., (2011) ONCA 130. is, by all appearances, a victory for the plaintiff. Read more