Michael Bookman

Tel: 647.725.2604mbookman@babinbessnerspry.comvCard

Michael Bookman joined Babin Bessner Spry LLP as an Associate in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Mike practiced at a global full service firm, where he acted for clients in a wide range of litigation matters involving commercial and shareholder disputes, securities, tort, and class action proceedings.

Mike has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

From 2012-2013, Mike served as a law clerk to Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mike obtained his L.L.B./B.C.L. from the Faculty of Law at McGill University, where he served as an editor of the McGill Law Journal and was a research assistant to Professor David Lametti.

Prior to law school, Mike was a consultant for a global political risk advisory firm in London, UK and served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.

He obtained his B.A. (cum laude in field) from Harvard University. He also holds an M.A. from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics.

Mike serves as Secretary to the Board and Board Member at PEN Canada, a nonpartisan organization of writers that works to defend freedom of expression, at home and abroad. 

He also serves as Co-Chair of the Spring For Peace fundraising gala for Peacebuilders, a non-for-profit dedicated to supporting youth in conflict. He is the Chair of the Order of St. Michael selection committee at St. Michael’s College School.

Representative Work

Mike’s experience includes acting for:

  • A Canadian telecommunications provider in a dispute in connection with wholesale roaming rates.
  • A global telecommunications provider in a dispute related to the sale of its Canadian assets.
  • A global pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with disputes over medications made available to the Canadian public.
  • A global bank in a dispute over success fees owed to it by a mining company.
  • A Canadian limited partnership in connection with a disputed real estate transaction.
  • A global bank and its investment advisors in disputes with bank clients regarding the suitability of investment strategies.
  • The Canadian Civil Liberties Association intervening before the Supreme Court of Canada in Ernst v. Alberta Energy Regulator, 2017 SCC 1.
  • Are you still not getting KYC and suitability right? by Ellen Bessner and Michael Bookman (Investment Executive, October 4, 2019)
  • Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Class Members are Akin to Parties (Babin Bessner Spry Blog, 2 May 2019)
  • Feeding the mouth that bites you: plaintiff required to provide advances for defence legal fees (Babin Bessner Spry Blog, 25 November 2019)
  • Cooperative Design: the Dawn of a Pan-Canadian National Securities Regulator? (Babin Bessner Spry Blog, 12 November 2018)
  • Parliamentary privilege does not immunize decision to fire security guards of Quebec’s National Assembly (Babin Bessner Spry Blog, 12 October 2018)
  • Death (of your claim) and Taxes: Ontario court finds claim against tax lawyer is barred (Babin Bessner Spry Blog, 11 September 2018)
  • Guidance for Counsel:  Ontario’s Court of Appeal Addresses Anti-SLAPP Legislation (Babin Bessner Spry Blog, 1 September 2018)
  • Ontario Court Rejects "Family Resemblance" Test For Defining Securities Under The Securities Act (May 2018)
  • Yahoo Settles Cyber Security Class Action Lawsuit (May 2018)
  • No Early Disclosure: Quebec Court Of Appeal Confirms Protection For Public Issuer (Mar 2018)
  • Supreme Court Of Canada Clarifies RJR-Macdonald Test For Mandatory Injunctions: R V CBC, 2018 SCC 5 (Feb 2018)
  • R. v. Marakah: A Roadmap Towards Broader Privacy Protection In Securities Enforcement Proceedings? (Jan 2018)
  • CSA Clarifies Disclosure Requirements For Issuers With U.S.-Based Marijuana Activities (Nov 2017)
  • Dual-listed Companies Beware (Aug 2017)
  • Perfect Strangers: Recent Decisions Force Non-Contracting Parties Into Arbitration (Nov 2016)
  • Case Comment: Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje, Commercial Litigation, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 2016.
Affiliations and Education

Professional Affiliations:

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Barreau du Quebec
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • L'Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario

Bar Admission:

  • Ontario, 2013
  • Quebec, 2013


  • McGill University, Faculty of Law, L.L.B./B.C.L., 2011
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc. with Distinction, 2006
  • Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, M.A., 2005
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude in field, 2003


  • French