Mike is the founding partner of Valent Legal. His entire career has been dedicated to representing victims of serious injuries, sexual abuse, medical negligence, and corporate and pharmaceutical wrongs. Over the past decade, he has built a reputation as a tireless victim advocate and strong promoter of access to justice. In 2015 he was named as a finalist for Public Justice’s North American Trial Lawyer of the Year. From 2017-2019, Mike has consistently been included in the Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Canada in his area of practice. He was recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of personal injury litigation. Mike is also a part-time professor at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law where he teaches in class action law and procedure.
While earning his Juris Doctorate degree from Dalhousie Law School, Mike volunteered at the university’s legal aid clinic and Pro Bono Students Canada. He continues to serve as a legal representative for the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Research Ethics Board and volunteers with ReachAbility, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to improve access to justice, equality, and human rights for people living with disabilities. Mike also served as a legal advisor to Nova Scotia’s Restorative Inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children and issues of systemic racism within the province. He sits on the Board of Directors of the John Howard Society.
Mike is past chair of the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association’s Young Lawyers Division and currently sits on the Association’s Education Committee. He has lectured at the Nova Scotia Bar Admission Course and has been invited to speak at numerous conferences in Canada and the United States. He has been published in national publications and quoted in national media like the Globe and Mail and CBC.
Given his reputation as a passionate advocate, Mike regularly receives referrals from, and works with other lawyers on, personal injury and medical malpractice cases, as well as numerous class actions. Mike has successfully helped hundreds of victims of personal injury and sexual abuse. He has had the great honour of advancing victim rights and access to justice in a number of precedent-setting cases.