Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander joined the Justice Centre after a distinguished career in Toronto, where he served as litigation counsel and advisor to private equity firms and also acted as senior counsel to a boutique litigation firm that specialized in administrative, regulatory and constitutional law. Throughout his career, Michael has been actively involved in public affairs in various roles, including acting as a policy advisor to Cabinet ministers in federal and provincial governments, while advocating for reform based on a commitment to Charter-based individual rights, the ideal of limited and transparent government, and the overriding principle of equal opportunity. Michael has appeared at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2005, he appeared at the SCC as a self-represented litigant, challenging State Farm (U.S.) in its attempt to fundamentally alter the terms of standard form residential insurance contracts. In a rare unanimous judgment, the Court found in his favour, which had the effect of preserving the existing national regulatory framework for risk and saving homeowners and mortgage investors hundreds of millions of dollars in new premiums. Michael holds law degrees from the University of Toronto and Columbia University, where he also studied political science and philosophy at the graduate level. While holding the Laidlaw Fellowship in Law and Political Science, he also studied at the University of Chicago. When not practising law, Michael moonlights as a best-selling author, professional public speaker and media commentator. He is currently at work on his third book, entitled “Whatever You Do, Don’t Think Like a Lawyer.”