Michelle Thomarat has a general litigation practice, with particular emphasis on defamation, fraud, health law, employment law, class actions, and professional negligence and discipline.
Michelle has published a national prize winning article on parentage laws in Canada, and assisted with numerous publications on the regulation of fertility and parentage rights in Canada. She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Michelle clerked with the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench in Calgary, and articled at a civil litigation boutique in Toronto.
Michelle has received numerous honours and prizes at all levels of her academic career, including many for work related to human rights issues. She has extensive experience with legal research and writing through her work with numerous faculty at the University of Ottawa and Alberta and her role as a Legal Writing Mentor to law students. Michelle interned to the General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
Michelle is proficient in French, and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is active in the community and volunteers her time with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, FAFIA Canada, and Egale.