Michael Herman is a Toronto-based business law partner at Gowling WLG. He also serves as general counsel to the firm.
With more than 30 years of experience, Michael is highly regarded as a strategic adviser to a broad range of clients, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial, privately held companies, mid-market private equity funds and investment institutions. He advises these clients on M&A, corporate development, corporate finance and other complex business matters.
In addition to his background in private practice, Michael spent a number of years in senior executive positions at various multi-national public corporations, where he was responsible for strategic planning and direction, asset acquisitions and dispositions, strategic partnerships, debt and equity offerings, corporate governance and other corporate-wide marketing and investor relations activities.
Michael is a strong advocate for mental health and wellness at Gowling WLG and within the broader legal community. Through his ongoing work to raise awareness and eliminate stigma, he hopes to make it easier for anyone experiencing mental illness to come forward and seek help without fear of judgment.
As a mental health champion, Michael has spoken extensively and worked collaboratively with various organizations over the past several years. These include CivicAction, the Canadian Bar Association, Made of Millions Foundation, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Conference Board of Canada. In September 2020, Michael joined the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health, a solutions-oriented charitable organization that supports, innovates and drives change for better mental health.