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 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 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 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.
LAW DAY EVENTS
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.
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