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Michael A. Eizenga L.S.M.

Partner, Co-head of Class Actions

Leading Canadian Class Action Litigator at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.4879

Co-Chair of the Firm's class actions practice, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Michael Eizenga is recognized as one of Canada's leading complex commercial and class action litigators. Michael advises and represents clients on all issues relating to commercial litigation and class proceedings, including product liability, securities, competition and other commercial matters. He's been appointed Special Master by the Superior Court of Justice in three class actions and amicus curiae by the Divisional Court in a major class action appeal in 2016.

Since its inaugural 2006 edition, Michael has been named annually in Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also named annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading class action litigation and product liability lawyer, and is ranked by Chambers & Partners for his expertise in Dispute Resolution: Class Actions. Michael has been recognized as one of the preeminent litigation practitioners in the Province of Ontario by Benchmark Canada, named as a litigation star, and was named Benchmark Class Action Litigator of the Year in 2016. In 2017, Michael was awarded the highest honour, the Law Society Medal by the LSUC, recognizing his undisputed leadership in the Class Action bar and outstanding commitment to public service.

Michael is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and previously taught in the Faculty of Law and Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He has also taught at Osgoode Hall's Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop; and the Law Society's Bar Admission Course.

A frequent lecturer and author, Michael has presented domestically and internationally to organizations such as the International Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute and the Advocates' Society. Michael is co‐author of Class Actions Law and Practice and Class Actions in Canada.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation, War Child Canada, Federated Press, and has been a member of numerous other community, professional and academic organizations. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Law Ontario (2008‐2011). He is also a past president of The Advocates’ Society (2007‐2008), a former member of its Board of Directors (1999‐2008), and founding co‐chair and member of its Advisory Board, Institute for Civility and Professionalism (2008‐present). Until 2016, Mike was President, CEO, and member of the board with the Federal Liberal Agency of Canada.

Select Experience

  • Bureau Veritas SA, in connection with a successful defence of the $1.85 billion class action commenced against it and Loblaw Co. Ltd. alleging that they neglected to warn workers of structural deficiencies in the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh before it collapsed. Read more
  • Counsel for class action: Das v. George Weston Limited 2017 ONSC 4129
  • MacMillan, et al v. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd., et al acting as Special Master under a Canada-Wide settlement agreement.

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Law Society of Upper Canada

    Michael A. Eizenga awarded highest honour, the Law Society Medal
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Michael A. Eizenga, ranked Band 1, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence): Canada

    "He has done very well in that field - he's a very good lawyer."
  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Michael A. Eizenga, ranked, Litigation: Products Liability: Canada

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