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    Michael Aasen

    Adds value by providing reasoned advice and strategies to resolve difficult legal issues

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OFFICE: Calgary

DIRECT LINE: 403.303.1686


      Labour & Employment


LAW SCHOOL: University of Victoria

BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (1998)

Assistant: Shyla Yee

Assistant Phone: 403.303.9113

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Michael focuses on employment law; an area of specialty where he can use his strong intuition to bring you efficient, effective and practical legal advice. His strengths lie not only in identifying the issues that need to be resolved but also bringing the most practical solutions.

Michael’s diverse client base ranges from small, professional organizations to large, multinational corporations. He is able to confidently advise you on the entire employee-employer relationship, from the hiring process through to terminations, including:

  • Drafting, implementing, modifying and enforcing contracts and policies
  • Human rights complaints and employment standards
  • Employer duties and best practices in accommodation and return to work compliance
  • Independent legal advice to executives in negotiating employment agreements and their rights and obligations upon departure


  • LL.B., University of Victoria
  • B.A., University of Calgary

Awards and Recognition:

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2017 - 2021
  • Acritas Stars 2020: Designated as a “Star” lawyer by a panel of over 4,300 clients

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Governance Committee Member, Silvera for Seniors
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Calgary Collegiate Baseball and Fastball Society - charged with promoting elite level baseball and fastball in Calgary

Michael is a fierce advocate who will provide you with strong representation in the courtroom and the boardroom. He specializes in navigating difficult situations to find the best result, whether at trial or through a negotiated settlement. He is particularly adept at determining the appropriate strategy while avoiding spending unnecessary time and resources, reviewing matters first to determine the likely legal outcome, then taking action.

If a matter proceeds to trial you can be confident that you are with a litigator with over 200 days of diverse trial and appellant experience at:  

  • Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
  • The Alberta Court of Appeal
  • The Federal Court (Trial Division)
  • The Federal Court of Appeal
  • Various Boards and Tribunals, acting for Administrative Bodies and for clients defending their rights in administrative proceeding

Some examples of Michael’s trial and appeal experience includes:

  • Sherstone v. Aetna Life Insurance Co. of Canada
    Acted for the Defendant and Respondent at trial and on appeal successfully argued that the deceased had enough mental capacity to cancel his optional additional life insurance coverage, and that he committed suicide, thereby disentitling the Plaintiff and Appellant accidental death benefits.
  • Suburban Activity Centre Inc. v. 304629 Alberta Ltd.
    Acted for the Plaintiff and Respondent, successfully arguing that the Defendant had breached an agreement to sell a commercial office building to the Plaintiff and recovering significant damages for the Plaintiff and then successfully defending the judgment, including obtaining an order finding the Defendant in contempt of court.
  • Condominium Plan No. 0715560 v Le Beau Developments Inc.
    Acted for the Defendant both before the Court of Queen’s Bench and in an Arbitration successfully denying the Plaintiff and Claimant’s claim for over $4 million in damages allegedly arising from construction deficiencies.
  • Montana Band v. Canada, Federal Court (Trial Division) and the Federal Court of Appeal
    Acted for the Plaintiff and Respondent before the Federal Court (Trial Division) and the Federal Court of Appeal in proving the prima facie claim of the Plaintiff in a claim for the wrongful surrender of reserve lands and defending that decision before the Court of Appeal.


  • “2020 Labour Law Year in Review”, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2021
  • "2017 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2018
  • "Appraising Appraisals – Conducting Effective Employment Reviews, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2017
  • "Accommodating Mental Illness & Maintaining Discipline", Disability Cost Management Seminar, Gallagher Benefit Services, 2017
  • "Drafting Sound and Enforceable Employment Agreements: Alberta and the North", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2017
  • "Accommodating Mental Illness and Maintaining Discipline", McLennan Ross Duty to Accommodate Seminar and Mock Human Rights Tribunal Hearing, 2016
  • "2015 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2016
  • "Disability and Legislative Leaves: A Panel Discussion", Arthur J. Gallagher, 2015
  • "General Employment Issues Common to Transportation Companies", 14th Annual Rogers Stieg Transportation Seminar, 2014
  • "Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2013
  • "Employee Discharge and Documentation in Alberta", Lorman Education Services, 2013


  • "The Death of the "Bump": Calculation of Wallace Damages in the Post-Keays Era", Michael D. Aasen and Erin A. Viala, Miller Thomson LLP, 2009
  • "Miscellaneous CCAA Issues", Sandra M. Mah and Michael D. Aasen, Miller Thomson LLP, 2002
  • "Report on Title Insurance in Canada", Michael D. Aasen and Sean F. Collins, Miller Thomson LLP, September 1998

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