I was born in Toronto, Ontario, studied Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario (Honours Bachelor of Arts) and Queen’s University (Master of Arts). I obtained two law degrees – an LLB from Ludlow Hall, the University of New Brunswick Law School (1989), and a Master of Laws in Corporate and Securities Law from Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina (1993).  

I was a stockbroker on Toronto’s Bay Street, working for the firms B.M. Young & Partners and Walyn, Stodgell, Cochrane & Murray (now C.I.B.C. World Markets). I moved to Vancouver in 1993 to take up a position as Comparative Law Consultant for the Vancouver Stock Exchange and Securities Regulation (Matkin) Commission. I articled in a boutique securities firm in Vancouver before relocating to Nanaimo and setting up a practice in family law in 1994. I am an avid long distance runner and have finished a half-marathon, paddleboarder, skier and cyclist, and enjoy these sports with my family.


I am an active member of the Canadian Bar Association. I have chaired Law Day, an annual public event showcasing the justice system to the community, for 13 years, first in Vancouver and then in Nanaimo. I also has been involved in the Dial-A-Lawyer programme, the Lawyer Referral Service, and served on the Awards and Recognition Committee.

I am presently serving on a number Law of Society of British Columbia committees including: Conduct Review Sub-Committee and on the list of council assisting in the complaint & discipline process. Helping Lawyers who face regulation and professional conduct investigations.

I have been actively involved in lawyer training such as: in the British Columbia Law Society’s Professional Legal Training Course, I have acted as a volunteer judge in the Moot Court for both chambers applications and trials; and in the Continuing Legal Education Department, I have prepared course materials for, and participated in, a panel on jurisdiction. 

I was a guest lecturer in the Vancouver Island University Child and Youth Care Programme, where I participated as a Cross-Examiner in moot court to expose prospective social workers to the experience of giving evidence in trial in child sexual abuse cases. I have also lectured on family law at the VIU History department, and the Men’s Resource Centre. I also served for 3 years on the Vancouver Island University for ethical review & research including human subjects.


I am a member of the Law Society of British Columbia; the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. branch); the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.; the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce; the Nanaimo County Bar Association; and the Nanaimo City Bar Association.


I spent 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and remain an active supporter of symphony music in Nanaimo.  I was on the concertmaster circle, business leaders circle and finally have been a performance sponsor since 2015.

I am also the sponsor of the prestigious Vancouver Island University Graduate Research Prize (Warsh Prize), an annual award for exceptional students planning to pursue graduate studies.  

For many years I was a supporter of the Nanaimo Diamonds Synchronized Swim Club, and Nanaimo Kennel Club. 

While living in Toronto I worked as a volunteer juvenile probation officer and received a Government of Ontario Award.

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I was published on custody and access issues and matrimonial agreements in the National Post and The Lawyers Weekly, and was interviewed on CBC Radio concerning a unique custody case concerning exclusive occupancy of a matrimonial home

I also published a scholarly article in the Canadian Review of American Studies regarding consent to medical treatment, including end-of-life issues.                   

Case Comment:Kristmanson v. Kristmanson- child support for adult children with disabilites.  


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Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation currently sponsors a number of community, educational and sports activities, including: 
  • Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra   
  • Nanaimo Diamonds Synchronized Swim Club  

VIU Foundation – Michael L. Warsh Law Corporation is the sponsor of the annual Warsh Award for graduatuing students. 
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