Michael Milani has a varied commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on banking law, secured transactions, insolvency and financial restructuring (including related litigation).

Michael has acted as lead counsel in lending and insolvency matters originating in Saskatchewan, and in national transactions involving the province. He regularly advises financing institutions with respect to lending and enforcement policies, as well as acting for a variety of lenders.

Michael has been named in the annual Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in one or more of the areas of Banking and Financial Institutions, Corporate Commercial Law and Insolvency & Financial Restructuring in each year from 1999 to 2015.

He is Past President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, which is the national coordinating body of Canada's 14 law societies, regulating 95,000 lawyers and 3,500 Quebec notaries.

Michael is currently a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Bar Admission

  • Saskatchewan, 1981

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan, 1980

Community Involvement

  • MacKenzie Art Gallery Inc., Board of Trustees, Chair, 2000-2001
  • United Way of Regina, President, 1994-1995
  • Regina Crime Prevention Council Member, Mayor's Advisory Committee
  • Minor Hockey Coach

Awards & Recognition

  • Lexpert
    • Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2018
    • Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2018
  • "Best Lawyers in Canada",
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Corporate and Commercial Litigation (Regina), 2017, 2019
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Corporate Law (Regina), 2013, 2018
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Banking and Finance Law (Regina), 2012, 2014, 2016
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2015-present
    • "Lawyer of the Year", Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (Regina), 2011
    • Natural Resources Law, 2011-present
    • Banking and Finance Law, 2006-present
    • Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2006-present
    • Corporate Law, 2006-present
    • Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, 2006-present 
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2001

Memberships & Associations

  • President, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2007-present
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan, 1981-present
    • President, 2002
    • Insurance Committee, Chair, 2000-2001
    • Legislation and Policy Committee, Chair, 1999-2000
    • Law Society of Saskatchewan Mentor Program, Mentor
    • Discipline Committee, Vice-Chair, 2000-2001
    • Bencher, 1998-2003
  • Saskatchewan Lawyers Insurance Association, President, 2000-2001
  • Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan, Chair 2014
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
    • Board Member 2005-present
    • Member, 1998-present
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • Saskatchewan Provincial Council, 1991-1992
    • Saskatchewan Branch, Natural Resources and Energy Subsection, Chairman, 1991-1992
    • Saskatchewan Branch, Business Law Subsection, Member, 1986-present
    • Saskatchewan Branch, Legislation and Law Reform Committee, Member, 1988-1998
    • Member, 1981-present
  • Uniform Law Conference of Canada, Commercial Law Strategy, Steering Committee Member, 2000-2002
  • Federation of Law Societies Committee on Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships, 1999-2002
  • Joint Task Force of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and the Canadian Insolvency Practitioners Association relative to "Business Insolvency Law Reform", 2001
  • Editorial Board of Banking and Finance Law Review, 1986-present
  • Editorial Board of Commercial Insolvency Reporter, 1999-present
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • INSOL International
  • Regina Bar Association
    • President, 1993
    • Member, 1980-present
  • Saskatchewan Justice Committee on proposed revisions to Personal Property Security Act, 1991-1996

Canadian Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting, 2000

Commercial Mortgages, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Bar Admission Course, 1990-2000

Environmental Issues Affecting Creditors' Rights: Perspectives from Alberta and Saskatchewan, Insight Information Inc. Seminar, 1996

Priority Issues Affecting Operations and Suppliers' Liens: The Saskatchewan Perspective, Insight Information Inc. Seminar, 1996

Saskatchewan Personal Property Security Act, Canadian Bar Association Insolvency Section, Calgary, AB, 1991

Receivership Applications, Queen's Bench Chamber Applications Seminar, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Continuing Legal Education, 1991

Construction Mortgages and Financing of Builders, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Continuing Legal Education, Construction Law Seminar, 1989

Introduction to Personal Property Security Practice, Law Society of Saskatchewan, 1988

Realization Against Personal Property, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Continuing Legal Education on Farm Insolvency, 1987

Personal Property Security Act Seminar, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Seminar Coordinator, 1985