Michael Sestito offers creative and pragmatic solutions to complex commercial litigation, professional negligence and employment law matters including an emphasis on privacy issues.
In Michael's commercial litigation practice, he guides corporations and individuals through complex commercial disputes. He has experience litigating issues involving directors' duties, creditor's rights, oppression remedies, and franchise disputes. Michael has significant trial experience dealing with multi-party disputes involving a range of complex commercial matters.
As part of his commercial litigation practice, Michael also has significant experience representing major financial institutions in complex litigation involving banking negligence, wrongful conversion and fraud. Early in his career, Michael was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission and continues to have experience.
In Michael's professional negligence practice, Michael represents professionals in complex malpractice lawsuits. He also represents professionals such as physicians, dentists and investment advisors in administrative and quasi-judicial disciplinary matters, including on matters relating to professional conduct and licensure.
Michael also guides employers through all aspects of employment law in Alberta, particularly in regard to workplace investigations and privacy matters. In particular, Michael has assisted major organizations and institutions both in the public and private sector navigate the interplay between safety and privacy concerns when implementing major drug and alcohol policies and when conducting extensive internal investigations regarding employee conduct.
Michael also helps professionals, institutions and individuals understand their obligations under complex privacy law legislation including the Health Information Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection Act. He also helps clients navigate investigations by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
Michael has appeared before all levels of Court in Alberta and has appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals. He also has significant appellate experience, including experience with leave to the Supreme Court of Canada.
In addition to his legal practice, Michael is an active volunteer. He volunteers at the Edmonton Community Legal Clinic and has also guest lectured at the University of Alberta on topics relating to Canadian Constitutional Law. Michael also actively volunteers at the University of Alberta's moot program, including as a Coach for the Bennett Jones health law moot. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival Association.