• C. Michael Mitchell
    Professional Arbitration
    & Mediation Services

Professional and Experienced Dispute Resolution

CMichael Mitchell opened his practice as a full-time Arbitrator and Mediator in December, 2014.

Until that time, Michael had a distinguished career as a Senior Partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, one of Canada’s leading labour law and employment law firms. He was consistently recognized by his peers as a “best” or “leading” labour law practitioner. He is the co-author of Ontario Labour Relations Board Law & Practice, the leading labour law textbook on the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Michael also gained extensive business, commerical and practical experience while serving for more than 20 years as the Managing Partner of the firm of over 50 lawyers.

As a lawyer, Michael practiced in both the public and private sectors, and in professional, service and blue collar industries,including:

  • Construction
  • Firefighters
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Judiciary
  • Law
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Medicine
  • Municipalities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Policing
  • Power Generation
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Universities

Michael’s advocacy and litigation experience includes appearing before arbitrators, administrative tribunals and all levels of the courts, as well as a large collective bargaining and interest arbitration practice. He also has had

many years of experience and expertise dealing with pension and benefit matters.

While in private practice, Michael also carried on a practice as a Mediator in all types of civil disputes, and served as a neutral in collective bargaining negotiations involving government and a medical association. He also continues to be active as an Arbitrator/Referee appointed by the Courts under a Class Action Settlement Agreement.

Michael received his law degree from the University of Toronto Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science, Hons) from the same University. He attended mediation training with CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado.


On February 17 2016,  the Government of Ontario announced that it has appointed C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John Murray as Special Advisors to lead consultations on how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended. The task is to consider how ”to best protect workers while supporting businesses in our changing economy”. Following consultations with the public and with stakeholders, the Special Advisors will provide the government with a written report and recommendations for legislative change. A copy of the Terms of Reference and other information can be accessed here: