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Michael G. Cochrane

Partner

Contact Information

mcochrane@btzlaw.ca
tel: 416-306-5764
fax: 416-362-8410


Bar Admission

1980

Areas of Expertise

Family Law

Wills & Estate Planning

 


Language(s)

English



Michael Cochrane is a partner with Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP and head of the family and estates law practice. Michael brings over 30 years of experience to the firm and, as author of several family law texts including the bestselling "Surviving Your Divorce (5th Ed)", is considered one of Canada's most respected family lawyers. His practice at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP focuses on family law, estates law, mediation, civil litigation and public policy law. Michael is trained in Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation at Harvard University Law School, is on the Executive of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Ontario Bar Association, and is a well known mediator/facilitator of public policy issues.

Publications

Michael has authored numerous publications including Surviving Your Divorce: A Guide to Canadian Family Law (5th Ed), Strictly Legal II: Things You Absolutely Need to Know About Canadian Law, Do We Need a Marriage Contract, Do We Need a Cohabitation Agreement?, and Class Actions: A Guide to the Class Proceedings Act. He is also a regular columnist for magazines and newspapers. Between 2001 and 2005, Michael was co-editor of the Annual Review of Civil Litigation.

Speaking and Teaching Engagements

In addition to his many publications, Michael has hosted the Business News Network’s Strictly Legal for three seasons and has appeared as a legal expert on numerous other television and radio programs, including CTV’s Canada AM, CBC’s CounterSpin and MoneyTalk. Michael has also lectured at the University of Ottawa, Law Faculty, in the areas of Property and Wills, at Osgoode Hall Law School in the area of Public Law and at Ryerson University. He is a frequent speaker on legal issues across Canada and a frequent commentator on contemporary legal issues in the media.

Appointments

Michael was the Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Class Action Reform, whose recommendations formed the basis of Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act. He was also Chair of the Task Force on the Environmental Bill of Rights (which led to the introduction and passage of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights) and other multi-party stakeholder consultations in Ontario.

 


In the Media

  • Nov 17, 2014

    Cochrane to co-chair session on ethical challenges in ADR. Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane will host an upcoming Canadian Bar Association (CBA) event aimed at tackling the ethical challenges in mediation and arbitration. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • Oct 31, 2014

    Work, private lives may no longer be separate. The scandal that continues to engulf fired CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi highlights an important trend in employment law related to the increasing blur between professional and private lives, says Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane.

    The impact of off-duty conduct on an individual’s job has become part of the conversation around allegations faced by Ghomeshi, who has been accused of abusive behaviour by women through media reports. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • Oct 21, 2014

    When office lotto pools go bad. Messy lottery disputes are increasingly pitting co-worker against co-worker as office pools lawyer up. Read the full article on www.macleans.ca

  • Oct 3, 2014

    Settlement reached in lotto jackpot suit. A settlement has been reached in the case of an Ontario man who argued he was entitled to his share of a $50-million jackpot won by an employee lottery pool due to “good faith,” says Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • May 29, 2014

    A marriage licence is critical to a legal union. Some interesting problems can arise for couples who have participated in religious marriage ceremonies in Ontario and some may find out they’re not legally married after all, Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane writes in Lawyers Weekly. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • April 11, 2014

    When workplace issues turn violent. The violence recently seen in a Toronto workplace reminds us that not a year goes by without some horrific workplace violence. Would you believe that in the United States more than 1,000 people die each year as a result of violence in their workplace? When you think of it, that is more than 20 people a week killed at work. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • April, 8, 2014

    Court system – not Divorce Act – needs overhaul. The court system – not the Divorce Act – needs updating in order to improve access to justice in family law, and create more effective processes overall, says Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • February 24, 2014

    Awareness, education key for Environmental Bill of Rights. The provincial government has room to grow when it comes to facilitating public policy issues, says Toronto lawyer Michael Cochrane, who recently spoke on the topic at a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • February 14, 2014

    Michael Cochrane is a partner with Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP and head of the family and estates law practice. Michael brings over 30 years of experience to the firm and, as author of several family law texts including the bestselling "Surviving Your Divorce (5th Ed)", is considered one of Canada's most respected family lawyers. His practice at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP focuses on family law, estates law, mediation, civil litigation and public policy law. Michael is trained in Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation at Harvard University Law School, is on the Executive of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Ontario Bar Association, and is a well known mediator/facilitator of public policy issues. Read the full article on A-List.LawandStyle.ca