Michael is a lifelong Vancouver resident, called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2004. Since that time he has focused on civil litigation, always with a plaintiffs’ personal injury component to his practice. He has represented clients in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Provincial Court in personal injury, family and civil litigation matters. Since joining Hoogbruin & Company in 2009, he has practised personal injury litigation almost exclusively.
Before starting law school, Michael worked for five years in the investment industry, including two years managing a department for a national securities dealer. While enrolled in UBC’s Faculty of Law, he worked on a volunteer basis as a clinician and as Director of Finance for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, representing low income individuals in Provincial Court and various administrative tribunals.
Recognizing that courtroom advocacy has always had an element of performance to it, since 2005 Michael has regularly appeared in The Lawyer Show, a stage production put on each spring at Vancouver’s Waterfront Theatre by the Touchstone Theatre Society. When not advocating or treading the boards, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and two stepchildren, playing (rudimentary) electric guitar, and discovering new music. He has also been studying karate since 2009, which he hopes will go some distance towards preventing him from ever having to become a customer of his own services.
Michael is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.