Michael G. Thomas

DIRECT: 604 895 2873

ASSISTANT: Catharine Cichecki

Michael G. Thomas Law Corporation

Areas of Practice


Michael Thomas is a partner with Harper Grey LLP. He practises in our health, insurance and critical injury groups.

Read more about Michael Thomas’ critical injury expertise here.

Michael is a contributor to the Canadian Insurance Law Blog. For more details about his critical injury practice, please visit the Harper Grey Critical Injury Law website. He has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Michael is the editor of the Contemporary Canadian Insurance Law Casebook published in 2015.

Before joining Harper Grey LLP, Michael was a commerce officer at the Competition Bureau of Canada. His primary duties were to enforce the civil provisions of the Competition Act. In addition, he received training from the RCMP in interview and interrogation techniques and is certified as an expert witness in the search and seizure of electronic information.

Michael has a pilot’s license and enjoys biking and trail running. He has participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a cycle trip from Vancouver to Seattle that raises funds for cancer research.


  • Queen's University, LL.B., 1998
  • Queen's University, M.A. (Economics), 1991
  • Queen's University, B.A., (Hons.), 1990

 Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1999


  • Editor, Administrative Justice – A Practitioner’s Guide, 2016, Published by LexisNexis Canada
  • Author, British Columbia Accident Claims Practice Manual – Uninsured Motorists Section, 2016,
    CLE Society of BC
  • Editor, Contemporary Canadian Insurance Law Casebook, 2015, Published by LexisNexis Canada
  • President, The Medical Legal Society of BC (2014/2015)
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association -  British Columbia Branch, Civil Litigation, Health Law, and Insurance Law subsections
  • Executive Member, Medical Legal Society of BC
  • Instructor, Advocacy, at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law
  • Lecturer for continuing education seminars presented by the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC
  • Author - Administrative Justice: A Practitioner's Guide, 2016, Published by LexisNexis Canada


Client Work

Critical Injury

  • Assisting an older man recover over $400,000 for a progression in dementia caused by an injury to his hip in a motor vehicle accident
  • Helping a young man recover over $1.7 million in compensation for a brain injury suffered when his friend crashed into a construction site after drinking at a local pub
  • Assisting a young man who was beaten and suffered a brain injury in a lacrosse game in an attempt to bring an action in negligence against the assailant's coaches and the lacrosse league
  • Helping a family recover over $2 million in compensation for a brain injury suffered by a husband who was a passenger in a car driven by his wife
  • Helping a young man recover over $4.2 million in compensation for a brain injury suffered in a motor vehicle accident

Health Law

  • Defending allegations that the use of Ativan to manage alcohol withdrawal placed a patient in a state of automatism such that he was not legally culpable for his actions
  • Defending allegations that a patient’s brain injury was caused by inappropriate management of his diabetes with insulin
  • Defending allegations that medication prescribed to manage a patient following an orthopedic surgery caused the patient to undergo respiratory arrest and suffer a brain injury
  • Defending a physician who conducted an annual medical examination on an elderly pilot who crashed his plane into an apartment building
  • Defending a physician in an obstetrical case in which a baby was born with a catastrophic brain injury. The legal issues of whether a fetus can bring an action in negligence against a physician and whether a fetus can bring a claim for failure to obtain informed consent were argued for the first time in British Columbia
  • Defending a neurosurgeon from allegations of professional negligence in the treatment of a lesion in the patient's cervical cord which resulted in quadriplegia
  • Defending allegations of negligence against a general practitioner whose patient was taking INH and suffered a hepatotoxic event. The case has become one of the leading authorities on causation in British Columbia.

Insurance Law

  • Counsel on the latest case in Canada in which the application of the Power of Attorney Undertakings applied to void coverage to an Ontario automobile policy
  • Counsel on a jury trial involving a determination of the definition of a catastrophic injury and the upper limit of non-pecuniary damages that could be awarded by a jury
  • Counsel on the first case in British Columbia where debilitating alcoholism was found to be a foreseeable consequence of a broken wrist suffered in a motor vehicle accident
  • Counsel for various associations defending allegations that mercury in dental amalgams caused brain damage to a young lady
  • Focusing on excess insurance, extra-territorial issues and ethical obligations owed by insurance companies and their insureds
  • Defending lawyers and dentists against allegations of professional negligence

Class Actions

  • Filing a class action against all of the police forces in British Columbia for alleged negligent investigation and enforcement of B.C.'s new impaired driving legislation

Competition Law

  • Providing advice to several professional associations and insurance organization on competition law issues
  • Representing a corporation which was being prosecuted for misleading advertising before the Competition Tribunal


May 28, 2012
Breathalyser class action
Harper Grey LLP Lawyer: Michael Thomas
March 27, 2012