Michael was born in Toronto, Ontario, studied Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario (Honours Bachelor of Arts) and Queen’s University (Master of Arts). He obtained two law degrees – an LLB from Ludlow Hall, 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).  

Michael 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). He moved to Vancouver in 1993 to take up a position as Comparative Law Consultant for the Vancouver Stock Exchange and Securities Regulation (Matkin) Commission. Michael articled in a boutique securities firm in Vancouver before relocating to Nanaimo and setting up a practice in family law in 1994. Michael is an avid distance runner, paddleboarder, skier and cyclist, and enjoys these sports with his family.


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

Michael is presently serving on a number of Law Society of British Columbia committees including: Conduct Review Sub-Committee being on the list of council assisting in the complaint & discipline process; and helping lawyers who face regulation and professional conduct investigations.

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

Michael was a guest lecturer in the Vancouver Island University Child and Youth Care Programme, where he 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. Michael has also lectured on family law at the VIU History department, and the Men’s Resource Centre. Michael also served for 3 years on the VIU Committee for Ethical Review & Research Involving Human Subjects.


Michael is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia; the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. branch); the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.; the Nanaimo County Bar Association; and the Nanaimo City Bar Association.


Michael spent 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, and remains an active supporter of the arts in Nanaimo.
For many years Michael was a supporter of the Nanaimo Diamonds Synchronized Swim Club, and Nanaimo Kennel Club. 

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

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Michael has 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

Michael 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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Warsh Law regularly sponsors a number of community, educational, cultural and sports activities. Warsh Law is presently a corporate sponsor for the Junior A Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Team.

Michael is 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.

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