MICHAEL L. WARSH - BIOGRAPHY
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 runner (finishing several half-marathons), 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 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 VIU Committee for Ethical Review & Research Involving Human Subjects.
I spent 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and remain an active supporter of symphonic 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.
LAW DAY EVENTS
I have written articles on custody and access issues and matrimonial agreements which were published 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.
Judge rotates feuding parents, children stay in matrimonial home
Kids get house in B.C divorce ruling
Court's ruling creative but could prove difficult in practice: lawyer
Family case might block judge-shopping
B.C ruling casts doubt on finality of orders denying spousal support
A distasteful lack of finality
A distasteful lack of finality - part 2
Warsh Law regularly sponsors a number of community, educational and sports activities, and is presently sponsoring one of the performances of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra.