Michael Connolly
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Michael Connolly

Tel: 416.594.1893

Michael works hard to deliver cost-effective and pragmatic solutions for each client, while exploring all angles of a case to build the strongest defence possible.

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Biography

MICHAEL CONNOLLY practices in the areas of professional liability, health law, personal injury, class actions, and insurance coverage. He works hard to deliver cost-effective and pragmatic solutions for each client, while exploring all angles of a case to build the strongest defence possible.

Michael summered and articled with Stieber Berlach LLP, and has assisted with matters in various courts and administrative tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.

At law school, Michael represented Osgoode Hall in the Winker Class Actions Moot and was awarded Best Defence Factum. He also volunteered as an intake worker for the Community & Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), and mediated matters in the Toronto Small Claims Court as a member of the Osgoode Mediation Clinic.

When not practicing law, Michael is an avid pianist, guitarist and drummer.

Representative Work

  • Lin v. Aviva General Insurance Company (2020 ONSC 7137): a successful summary judgment motion resulting in the court dismissing the action against our client entirely. The action arose from an insurance coverage dispute. The decision explores a novel application of the recently enacted innocent co-insured provision of the Insurance Act, retrospective application of legislation, as well as application of a Marijuana Exclusion clause in a homeowner’s insurance policy.
  • CRD v. Aviva (2021 ONSC 1109): successfully defended an application seeking a declaration that our client owed a duty to defend a construction company that, acting on the advice of counsel, failed to give our client timely notice of the claim against it. The decision explores the reasonableness of a party in breach of contract as it applies to relief from forfeiture under section 98 of the Courts of Justice Act.
  • Savage v. Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (unpublished): successfully defended an interlocutory motion brought by a plaintiff in a bilingual action seeking to compel the translation of a French litigant’s documents to English pursuant to sections 124 and 125 of the Courts of Justice Act. Further, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s motion seeking an Order that the defendant’s examination for discovery be scheduled while the plaintiff’s be held at a later date, when it was safe for her to attend her examination with her counsel in person. In the end, the Court ordered costs to our client in the amount of $11,200.00.

Speaking Engagements

Double Duty: The Equities of Concurrent Duties to Defend
Co-presenter of paper at 2020 SB Legal Webinar about the recent developments in Ontario case law regarding concurrent duties to defend owed by insurers arising from claims triggering multiple kinds of insurance policies.

Publications

  • “All About the Journey?: Circumstantial Evidence and Standard of Care”
    Co-authored paper at 2020 SB Legal Webinar addressing recent developments in appellate case law regarding the role of experts in professional negligence claims and the extent to which a trier of fact may rely on circumstantial evidence when assessing standard of care and causation.
  • “Picking Policies: 2020 Update on Auto Coverage”
    Co-authored paper at 2020 SB Legal Webinar reviewing the recent Ontario court decisions addressing coverage situations where multiple auto policies were called upon to respond to the loss. The paper considers recent developments in coverage for leased vehicles, endorsements adding coverage to the policy, as well as concurrent duties to defend from multiple types of policies.
  • “Understanding Fiduciary Duty”
    Co-authored paper surveying the scope of fiduciary duties for February 2020 OBA Institute – Directors and Officers: Liability, Errors and Omissions seminar.

Education

  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2019
  • B.Mus, University of Toronto
  • M.A., Music History, University of British Columbia