I began handling workers’ compensation cases as a volunteer at a University of Toronto law school legal clinic for injured workers in September of 1976. I became the Director of that clinic in April of 1977 and continued my involvement with the injured workers clinic until I became a lawyer. Since then I have been on the Board of Directors of a local Community Legal Clinic. While still a law student I created a precedent manual for handling workers’ compensation cases.
I was called to the Bar in 1981. I practice extensively in the workers’ compensation field. I was part time duty counsel at Injured Workers Consultants (a legal clinic that specializes in workers’ compensation cases) from 1981 through 1987.
I co-authored the text “Workers’ Compensation in Ontario” (1987) and have co-authored “Butterworths Workers’ Compensation in Ontario Service” since 1993. Over the years I have participated in many educational programs as a lecturer for groups such as the Law Society of Upper Canada, Lancaster House, Legal Aid clinics and other organizations.
I have represented injured workers in all facets of their dealings with the WSIB and the WSIAT and in Canada Pension Disability claims.
I was the legal advisor to the labour members of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors from 1989 through 1992.
In 1999 I was co-recipient of the first “Ron Ellis Award”. It was presented to me by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Ontario Bar Association in recognition of my “leadership and contribution in Workers’ Compensation Law.”
Michael S. Green
I have a BA from the University of Toronto (1979), and a LLB from Osgoode Law School (1982). I was called to the Bar in 1984. I am a sole practitioner, practising in association with Gary Newhouse, and have been so since 1987. Most of my practice consists of representing injured workers in workers’ compensation cases. I also represent workers with Canada Pension Plan disability pension appeals.
I regularly represent injured workers in their claims with Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, including attending on appeals before the Appeals Resolution Officer and Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. I also provide advice to personal injury lawyers about the effects of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act on lawsuits. I represented the Union of Injured Workers in the Appeals Tribunal’s Pension Leading Case (Decision 915).
In addition, I represent workers in Canada Pension Plan appeals before both the General Division and Appeals Division of the Social Security Tribunal.
I was a member of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Specialty Committee, Workplace Safety and Insurance Law, for several years. I have written many articles for the IAVGO Reporting Service. Gary Newhouse and I reviewed IAVGO’s manual, Workers’ Compensation- A Manual for Worker Advocates. I regularly speak on workers’ compensation law for representatives and injured workers and from time to time on lawsuits for personal injury lawyers.