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Lawyers - Michael I. Binetti, Partner

Michael I. Binetti

Excellence in Administrative Law, Civil Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Law, Employment Law, and Competition Law

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Michael Binetti, a partner of the firm, brings a proven litigation background plus extensive experience in arguing both trials and appeals. He has demonstrated his strategic legal capability and expertise in wide-ranging areas of litigation, including business and construction disputes, fraud, employment law, competition investigations, private competition actions, elections law and dealing with municipal and government regulators.


  • Acts as trial and appellate counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, and Court of Appeal
  • Acts for a variety of companies subject to competition enforcement, including global auto manufacturers, engineering services firms, real estate professionals, and the construction industry
  • Advises on fair business practices, including advertising, marketing, and avoiding deceptive marketing practices; represents businesses in advertising and marketing-related investigations and prosecutions
  • Advises employers and employees regarding termination of employment and severance
  • Acts for franchisors and franchisees in franchise disputes
  • Acts for product manufacturers and insurers in product liability cases
  • Acts for various companies dealing with internal and external fraud
  • Acts for politicians, companies and individuals interacting with government in respect of judicial review applications, elections law, integrity investigations, lobbyist registrations, and enforcement of municipal by-laws
  • Acts for brokerage houses, brokers, and clients in brokerage/securities disputes
  • Acts for construction companies and contractors in construction lien disputes
  • Acts for landowners in disputes regarding rights-of-way, easements, and land use planning
  • Acts for lawyers in professional negligence actions and duty counsel for Law Society of Upper Canada disciplinary hearings
  • Trustee, Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Active member of the Canadian Bar Association's Competition Law Section
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Review Rated Lawyer of Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 as of March 2014.
  • Frequent contributor to The Litigator and listed as a "Very Popular" author for Class Action and Telecom-related analysis and commentary by
  • Studied in the French Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Fluent in English, French, and Italian.
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Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Advertising & Marketing Practices
  • Appellate Counsel
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Action Defendant
  • Class Action Plaintiff
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Franchise Litigation
  • Fraud, Misrepresentation, Deceit
  • General Litigation
  • Injunctions
  • Inquests
  • Libel & Slander
  • Libel & Slander Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Partnership Litigation
  • Professional Discipline Law
  • Professional Regulation
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Tribunal Hearings
  • Wrongful Dismissal

Education and Experience


  • J.D., University of Ottawa (2005)
  • Visiting Student, University of Houston Law Center (2004)
  • B.A. (Hons.), Glendon College (York University) (2002)
  • Certificat d'études politiques, Institut d'Études Politiques de Rennes (France) (2002)

Legal Career

  • Partner, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2013 - present
  • Associate, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2006-2012
  • Called to the Bar, Ontario, 2006
  • Articles of Clerkship, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2005-2006

Professional Activities And Associations

Industry Sector Experience

  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Franchising
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Office Holders
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Securities
  • Transportation

Selected Cases

  • J. Lepera Contracting Inc. v Royal Timbers Inc: acted for respondent successful in resisting an appeal of a judgment for a construction lien and debt on a land servicing contact on the basis of the Construction Lien Act and in unjust enrichment. Reported at: 2016 ONSC 2909 (CanLII) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice Divisional Court) (
  • Toronto Taxi Alliance Inc. v. City of Toronto: acted for owners of traditional Toronto taxicab licences in partially quashing provisions of the City of Toronto’s then new taxicab by-law licensing regime on the basis that a mandatory conversion date to the new regime was a substantive breach of the notice requirements of the City’s Procedural By-law that went to the root of the validity of that section of the by-law. Reported at: 2015 ONSC 685 (CanLII) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) (
  • Canadian National Railway Company v. Kitchener (City): acted for defendant land-owner in a motion to dismiss a 25-year old environmental damages case on the basis that there was a substantial risk that the parties could not fairly try their case resulting from inordinate and inexcusable delay. Reported at: 2014 ONSC 4929 (CanLII) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) ( Affirmed on Appeal: 2015 ONCA 131 (CanLII) (Court of Appeal for Ontario) (
  • Royal Bank of Canada v. Boussoulas: acted for respondents in an appeal seeking to re-instate a Mareva injunction that had been quashed on equitable grounds based on the conduct of Royal Bank of Canada. Reported at: [2012] O.J. No. 2335, 2012 ONSC 2070 (Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court). See articles at: and
  • J. Lepera Contracting Inc. v. Royal Timbers Inc: acted for a party successful in resisting a claim for a construction lien and debt on a land servicing contract. Reported at: 2012 ONSC 271 (CanLII) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) (
  • Sivaji v. Rajwani: obtained permission to file a Request to Admit during the adjournment of the trial (as opposed to prior to trial commencing). Reported at: [2011] O.J. No. 6270, 108 O.R. (3d) 478 (Ontario Superior Court of Justice). See article at:
  • Chan v. City Commercial Realty Group Ltd: acted for judgment creditors successful in piercing the corporate veil of the judgment debtor corporation and fixing the individual shareholders with liability for judgment. Reported at: 2011 ONSC 2854 (CanLII) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) ( See article at:
  • Holyday v. City of Toronto: acted for a Toronto city councillor successful in defending against a judicial review application requiring the City of Toronto to seek repayment of certain funds from the councillor directly. Reported at: 2010 ONSC 3355 (CanLII) (Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court) (

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