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Michael S.F. Watson
Partner

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1978 - Ontario

Primary Office: Toronto

Michael S.F. Watson

Michael Watson is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of corporate and commercial litigation, administrative law, and employment and labour relations.

Michael handles a wide variety of commercial, energy, constitutional and administrative matters. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, in the Federal Court of Canada, and in the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the trial and appellate courts of Alberta.

Throughout his career, Michael has been heavily involved in legal education in Ontario, in the fields of civil procedure and trial advocacy. He is recognized as one of the leading experts on civil procedure in the province, speaking to Ontario Superior Court judges on various trial advocacy and civil procedure topics, as well as in various programs for The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Advocates' Society, Osgoode Hall Law School and l'Université de Moncton.

Michael is adjunct professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he has taught Civil Procedure II (advanced topics in civil procedure) to upper year students since 1985. He has also been a senior instructor at the Intensive Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1984, and is recipient of the Law School’s Adjunct Faculty Distinguished Service Award. From 1994 to 2004, he was provincial head of the Civil Litigation Section of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course.

Michael is also a member of Ontario's 4-member Civil Rules Secrtariat, which advises the Civil Rules Committee on revisions to the Rules of Civil Procedure.

Michael is an experienced amateur astronomer and astrophotographer, has held various executive positions as a member of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and as its legal counsel.


September2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

September2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

September2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

1978

Year of Call, Ontario

Featured insights & resources

Constructive dismissal: A new decision from the Supreme Court of Canada

Michael S.F. Watson

Article March 1, 2015

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

1978

1978

Year of Call, Ontario

1976

1976

University of Toronto, LLB

1973

1973

University of Toronto, BA

Michael Watson
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Michael Watson

Michael Watson is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of corpora...

Michael Watson
Featured insights & resources

Constructive dismissal: A new decision from the Supreme Court of Canada

Michael S.F. Watson

Article March 1, 2015

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Constructive dismissal: A new decision from the Supreme Court of Canada

Michael S.F. Watson

Article March 1, 2015

Michael Watson
Profile highlights

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Michael Watson

Michael Watson is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of corpora...

Insights & Resources

Speaking Engagements

Client Work

Chango acquired by Rubicon Project in cross-border transaction valued at up to US$120 million

Client Work April 1, 2015

State Farm sells Canadian insurance operations to Desjardins Group in cross-border transaction

Client Work January 1, 2015

Industry Canada blocks US$36.8 billion hostile takeover bid by BHP Billiton Group of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

Client Work March 11, 2010

Michael Watson
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Michael Watson

Michael Watson is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of corpora...

Michael Watson
Featured insights & resources

Constructive dismissal: A new decision from the Supreme Court of Canada

Michael S.F. Watson

Article March 1, 2015

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