Michael Kennedy



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A Focus on Personal Injury Insurance Defence

Direct: 519.340.0492
Fax: 416.860.0003
Bar Admission: 2009
Location: Kitchener


Michael is the head of the firm’s Transportation Law Newsletter. His opinions on recent case law have also been quoted in The Lawyer’s Weekly. His defence practice focuses on all areas of negligence law, including occupiers’ liability, transportation law, products liability and workplace safety issues. 

Michael has successfully represented clients and their interests at all levels of court in Ontario as well as various administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. His reported decisions include the precedent-setting case of Rampersaud v. TD General (FSCO)which defined “residence” within the context of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, and Thayalan v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance (FSCO), in which Michael successfully argued that an objective post-accident meniscus tear in the right knee would not prevent a claimant from returning to physical labour or household tasks. Michael was also the second chair on Ursus Transport Inc. et al. v. Bernad (WSIAT), which successfully removed a claimant’s right to sue his employer.

Michael is experienced representing large, multinational corporations and their interests for both defence and subrogation matters. He is regularly retained to provide opinions with respect to risk management, liability defence and rights of subrogation. He has assisted clients with the investigation and risk management of potential claims, including representing clients in regulatory proceedings.

As Michael operates out of both Toronto and Waterloo Region, he is able to cost-effectively handle cases in all of Southern and Southwestern Ontario. His reasonable, personable and proactive approach yields proven results for his clients.

When not representing clients, Michael is an avid musician who plays the piano, saxophone and oboe. He is a member of the Guelph Concert Ensemble, for which he has served on its board of directors. He can also be found exploring the live theatre scene or relaxing at home with his partner, beloved dogs and cat.