Michael has extensive experience in the area of commercial law particularly as it relates to real estate and debt collection matters, which has resulted in retainers from financial institutions to recover various types of loans including commercial and residential mortgages in default, equipment loans and leases in default as well as loans obtained by fraud. Michael has also successfully dealt with OPCA litigants and other 'internet-based debt elimination' individuals (Freemen of the Land). Most recently, Michael has expanded his practice to collecting funds improperly diverted from creditors by bringing fraudulent conveyance and transfer at undervalue applications. Michael also acts for trustees in bankruptcy and represents creditors in Civil, Commercial and Bankruptcy Court.
Michael was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980 and practiced real estate based commercial law at a number of well-known firms including Goodmans and Gordon Traub prior to founding Papazian | Heisey | Myers in 2001.
Michael's current practise focuses on mortgage remedies, debt collection and contract enforcement – which combines the law of contract with commercial litigation strategy and uses the latter as a tool to assist in the settlement of debts (including mortgage debts) and real property and commercial contract disputes. Of particular interest to Michael over the last few years is his foray into the workings of Section 96 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and his successes for creditor clients in recovering substantial assets from recipients of Transfers at Undervalue (essentially, fraudulent conveyances prohibited by the BIA).