McKenzie Lake Laywers - Michael Peerless

Michael Peerless

My 21 years of experience dealing exclusively with class actions, mass torts and multi-party litigation have given me an invaluable edge in this uniquely complex and challenging field of law.

Shortly after being called to the bar, I helped certify the first class action case in Ontario.  Since then, I have been counsel on dozens of class actions representing both plaintiffs and defendants across all levels of court, and appearing in the courts of many Canadian provinces, and assisting in international cases.

I’m proud to have been recognized as one of Canada’s leading class action litigators.  Since its inaugural 2006 edition, I have been named annually in Best Lawyers in Canada List and named Lawyer of the Year for London/Windsor in 2015.  I’ve also been named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. As co-author of the prestigious Butterworths Class Actions Law and Practice looseleaf service, I’ve literally written the book on class action law in Canada. Legal organizations such as the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute, the Barreau du Quebec and the Advocates Society regularly ask me to speak.

Outside of my legal duties, I try to make a difference in our community. Sitting on the Board of Directors of the London Health Sciences Foundation helps me stay up to date with pressing medical issues that arise in our community, and often arise in my cases. During my 35 years in London, I’ve been a member of many other community, professional and academic organizations.

When I’m not busy I swim, bike, and run as often as possible.  I am a keen triathlete, and have raced in hundreds of running races and triathlons around the world, including the Boston Marathon and the Hawaii Ironman.  The perseverance and dedication required to competitively swim 3.8 km, bike 180 km and then run 42.2 km is similar to the skill set required to direct complicated class action litigation.

Please contact me or a member of my team about ongoing or new class actions.

professional associations

  • American Association of Justice
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Middlesex Law Association

education and year of call

  • Year of Call: 1993
  • University of Victoria (LL.B.), 1991
  • Western University, 1988