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Michael Birnbaum

Counsel

Michael Birnbaum is a leading lawyer in Alberta, having recorded two of the highest personal injury awards for soft tissue injuries in Alberta. Michael speaks four languages fluently (English, French, Hebrew, Spanish plus, enough Cantonese to order dumplings) and is recognized as one of the most ethical lawyers in Alberta. He is also highly regarded for the mentorship and guidance he has provided to others over a career spanning 31 years. Michael has served as a Dispute Resolution Officer at the Court of Queen’s Bench since 2007.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts (1980)

Bachelor of Laws (1983)

Date Called to Bar: 

September 1985 (Alberta)

Awards: 

Named an “Unsung Hero” by the Canadian Bar Association, 2014.

Set a 12 year record for a $100,000 general damage awarded in an Alberta jury trial in a soft-tissue motor vehicle trauma case, reported only as costs decision

Black belt in Karate

Areas of Practice: 

Litigation: civil, personal injury, family, criminal and immigration

Immigration: Family Class sponsorships, humanitarian and compassionate
cases, appeals, refugee cases, enforcement matters, Federal Court
Applications for Leave and Judicial Review

Family Law (Dispute Resolution Officer for compulsory mediation since 2009)

Criminal Law – assault and property offences

Notarial Matters

Community Involvement: 

Frequent guest speaker for the Canadian Bar Association

Volunteered with the Temple B’Nai Tikvah Community Outreach Program at the Calgary Drop-in Centre

Volunteered with the children’s Law Day program

Served on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Family Service

Served on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Latin American Literacy Project

Calgary Immigrant Aid Society, Former Director

Has lectured to various organizations including the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Community Interpreters Course.

 Plays tenor saxophone with the Woodhouse Big Band

Professional Associations: 

Canadian Bar Association, Southern Alberta Immigration, Former Sub-Section Chair

Dispute Resolution Officer at the Court of Queen’s Bench, since 2007

Calgary Regional Committee for the Legal Aid Society of Alberta, Member

Law Society of Alberta

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Contact Michael Birnbaum

Email: mbirnbaum@guardian.law

 

Office Number: (403) 457-7778

 

Fax: 1-877-517-6373

 

Address: Ground Floor,

Riverfront Pointe

342 4 Ave S.E.  

Calgary, AB T2G 1C9

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