Michael was born and raised in Toronto, moving with his family to the riding of York-Centre in 1980. He is a third generation Canadian with strong family roots stretching throughout Ontario from Toronto, to Midland and Kirkland Lake. He attended two local York-Centre high schools, the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, and graduated as an Ontario Scholar from William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute.
Michael received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 1996. During his time as an undergraduate he was a member of the Deanís Honour List, as well as a recipient of the Honour W Award for outstanding service to the Western community for his extracurricular and charitable involvements.
Michael graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1999, with awards including the Douglas May Memorial Award. He was certified as a mediator at Western Lawís Dispute Resolution Centre, was the Director and Head Script Writer for Obiter Dicta, the schoolís annual variety show, and was asked to deliver a paper at the 14th BILETA Conference: Cyberspace 1999: Crime, Criminal Justice, and the Internet at the College of Ripon and York St. John, York, England during his third year of law school.
Michael was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 2001. He currently practices in the areas of civil litigation, entertainment law, criminal law, family law, and wills and estates.
An avid hockey player, Michael continues to live the Canadian dream in the Bnai Brith Menís Hockey League at Chesswood Arena. Michael is a member of such community organizations as Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Congregation, the BJC, and Toronto Jewish Free Loan Cassa. Holding a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Michael is also a former graduate of the Second City Improv School.