About R. Michael Birnbaum

Member of the Alberta Bar sinMichael Birnbaum awarded the Martindale-Hubbell Award 2017ce 1985

Areas of practice:

Litigation: civil, personal injury, family, criminal and immigration

Immigration: Family Class sponsorships, humanitarian and compassionate
cases, appeals, refugee cases, enforcement matters, Federal Court
Applications for Leave and Judicial Review

Family Law (Dispute Resolution Officer for compulsory mediation since 2009)

Criminal Law – assault and property offences

Notarial matters

Professional background:

– called to Alberta Bar September 1985
Immigration Sub-Section South Alberta, Canadian Bar Association chairman, 1996-97 and 1997-98;

– Plaintiff lawyer in McLean v. Parmar and City of Calgary, 2015 ABQB 26, February 2015, important judgment on topic of chronic pain and economic loss, due to motor vehicle trauma

– Plaintiff lawyer in Proctor v. Johnson, 2004 ABQB 87 Medicine Hat Alberta jury trial setting 12 year record for $100,000 general damage jury award in soft-tissue motor vehicle trauma case, reported only as costs decision

– counsel for Respondent in successful application to resist cross-examination in civil matter, Alberta (Justice and Attorney General) v. To 2010 ABQB 648

counsel on following successful immigration judicial reviews in Federal Court:
Sara Apaza v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) 2006 FC 313
Perez Alcocer v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2013 FC 3
Gonzalez v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) 2013 FC 3
Gonzalez v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) 2003 FCT 304
Liao v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2014 FC 340
Fidel Enrique Figueroa Perez v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) IMM 3799-14 February, 2015 (not reported)

Guest speaker, Canadian Bar Association
Personal Injury Sub-Section, Calgary, 2003
Insurance Defence Sub-Section Edmonton February 2, 2016
Personal Injury Sub-Section Calgary February 4, 2016
Insurance Defence Sub-Section Calgary April 27, 2016