Michael Winward is a partner at Mackesy Smye LLP. Mr Winward has spent the entirety of his legal career practicing in civil litigation with a primary focus on personal injury law. Mr. Winward has represented clients in trials before both judges and juries in all manner of personal injury including car accidents, injuries on property, product liability, long term disability and medical negligence.
Mr. Winward has also successfully argued a number of personal injury cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal.
In addition to his trial work, Mr. Winward has also concluded hundreds of settlements through both the formal mediation process and by direct dealings with insurance representatives, always obtaining fair compensation on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Winward is recognized as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by The Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a Past President of the Hamilton Law Association and the past Chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. In 2017, Mr. Winward was awarded with the Hamilton Law Association’s Emilius Irving Award in recognition for his contributions to both the Hamilton Law Association and the community.
Mr. Winward is frequently asked to deliver lectures to groups including Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Advocates’ Society, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association and The Hamilton Law Association. He is a current member of The Hamilton Law Association, The Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association and The Advocates’ Society.
Mr. Winward obtained his B.A. degree from McMaster University in 1979 and his LL.B from The University of Western Ontario in 1983. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985.