Our Team ⁄ Michael Burokas
Michael is a passionate advisor and advocate for his clients. He started his career in a busy criminal defence practice where he litigated a variety of matters at Provincial and Superior Court. Michael then worked as an in-house counsel for a busy industry regulator that involved prosecuting charges, conducting administrative hearings, and providing strategic advice on a variety of issues including investigations, privacy, and the exercise of statutory power.
Having been both defence and prosecution counsel, Michael’s extensive experience provides him unique insight into the complexities of professional regulation. He approaches matters pragmatically, with an emphasis on candour, objectivity, and creativity. Michael utilizes pragmatic, cost-effective methods to obtain desired outcomes and balance heavy caseloads.
Areas of Practice
Michael advocates for regulators at tribunals and courts, and advises them on any number of unique issues they face on a daily basis. Specifically, Michael represents regulators in the following matters:
- licence registration, suspension and revocation
- complaints processes
- compliance advice
- discipline hearings
- provincial prosecutions
- tribunal hearings
- civil litigation
- judicial review and appeals
Michael has extensive experience conducting regulatory prosecutions on behalf of regulators. He applies his experience in advising investigators and reviewing draft search warrants to conducting trials and appeals. He quickly sizes up cases and formulates the necessary steps to achieve prosecutorial goals.
Michael’s experience conducting administrative hearings in support of licencing decisions and working with compliance issues allows him to be effective regulator’s counsel in even the most complex matters. Michael also represents registrants when they are under investigation or when they face licencing issues with their regulator.
Michael advocates for his clients in variety of civil disputes related to performing contracts, negligence, torts, and consumer protection. He has represented clients in a variety of commercial disputes by utilizing creative and cost-effective strategies.
Community Involvement and Education
Michael is vice-chair of the Human Resources Professional Association’s Complaints Committee where he reviews complaints in the human resources profession. This experience affords him valuable insight into the mind of an adjudicator faced with complex fact scenarios. Michael is also member of the Ontario Bar Association and heavily involved in Pro Bono Ontario where he provides legal advice to low-income individuals. Michael previously worked for the Innocence Project, an organization that investigates incarcerated individual’s claims of innocence.
Michael graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2010 with a B.A., (Hons) and from the University of British Columbia in 2014 with a J.D. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 2015.