Michael Bordin Partner Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1998 - Ontario


Primary office:  Hamilton



Michael Bordin

Michael Bordin is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office and is the leader of the office’s Advocacy Department and a member of its senior management team. 

A Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation, Michael combines strong communication, presentation and relational skills, with sound judgment and analysis when advising his clients and advocating on their behalf. He routinely represents institutional clients, such as insurers and municipalities, as well as businesses and individual clients in a wide variety of disputes — including those related to product liability, construction, professional negligence, breach of contract, partnership disputes and tort claims.

While most litigation settles outside the courtroom, when necessary Michael applies his broad experience in trial and appellate advocacy to achieve optimal outcomes for his clients — whether through negotiation or a hearing. 

Over the course of his career, Michael has conducted trials in a wide variety of cases including product liability, construction, professional negligence, breach of contract, partnership disputes and tort claims and argued appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Most recently, he successfully represented the plaintiff in Fleming v. Ontario, a landmark SCC civil liberties case that gave new clarity to the limits of police powers.

Michael also has experience arguing complex motions and applications, including injunctions and judicial reviews, as well as acting as counsel before administrative tribunals and inquests. 

From 2016 to 2017, Michael served as president of the Hamilton Law Association. He frequently presents at continuing professional development programs on a wide range of advocacy-related subjects.

In every aspect of his practice, Michael honours the trust his clients place in him by constantly striving to improve the lawyer-client relationship and finding new ways to foster his clients’ success. He takes the time to understand their pain points and their goals, and connect them with the resources they need at home and abroad.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Best Lawyers in Canada, Legal Malpractice Law and Corporate and Commercial Litigation (consistently ranked since 2006)
    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Lexpert, Recommended in Litigation – Corporate Commercial and Professional Liability
    • Rankings & Awards
       2018
      Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year, Malpractice Law — Hamilton
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
       2013
      Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year, Corporate and Commercial Litigation – Hamilton
  • 2005

    • Career
       2005
      Founding partner at Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP
  • 1998

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1998
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1996

    • Education
       1996
      University of Western Ontario, LLB
  • 1993

    • Education
       1993
      McMaster University, BA (Hons.)

Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Hamilton Law Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • LawPRO Issues for Family Law Lawyers, Family Law Lunch Bucket Series, HLA, September 27, 2018
  • What's New from the Supreme Court of Canada, 13th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation, HLA, February 2018
  • Top Trial Mistakes, Advocacy Workshop, HLA, February 1, 2018
  • Avoiding Family Law Claims - ILA and Related Matters, A Day of Family Law, Lincoln County Law Association, December 8, 2017
  • Nuisance Claims, 12th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation, HLA, February 22, 2017
  • Rule 48 Update, Advocacy Seminar, HLA, April 2015
  • Derivative Actions versus Oppression Remedy Claims, 10th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation, HLA, February 2015
  • Directors and Officers Liability, Corporate Commercial Law Seminar, HLA, November 2013
  • Time Limits for Discoveries, Current Issues in Commercial Litigation, HLA, February 2013
  • Use of Technology in your Practice, Joint Insurance Seminar, HLA, November 2012
  • Presentation to the Technology Seminar, HLA, October 2010
  • Protests and Policing, Advocacy Conference, HLA, April 2010
  • Oppression Remedy Update, Lunch Roundtable Series, HLA, May 2008
  • The Oppression Remedy - Considerations on Standing and Reasonable Expectations, Current Issues in Commercial Litigation, HLA, April 2006
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeal: Getting to the Court on Time, Joint Advocacy Conference, HLA, April 2003

Representative Work

  • Representing an individual in litigation against the OPP with respect to limiting police ancillary powers and breach of common law and Charter rights at trial, before the Court of Appeal, and successfully appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Successfully representing the purchaser of a multi-million-dollar property in a dispute over options to purchase and rights of first refusal.
  • Successfully defending a manufacturing corporation against a claim for damages for product produced in China on the basis that the claim was an abuse of process. 
  • Obtaining an injunction on behalf of a municipality enjoining protestors from obstructing the development of a corporate/industrial business park.
  • Successfully representing a municipality in defending against a claim for adverse possession in Superior Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • Successfully representing a partner of a real-estate holding partnership in a dispute at trial and before the Court of Appeal.