Michelle Maniago is a partner in our Corporate Commercial Litigation Department in our Vancouver office. Michelle practises in the area of civil litigation, class actions, and arbitration, with an emphasis on commercial and corporate disputes. She also routinely provides strategic and statutory compliance advice to individuals and corporations.
Michelle works on a wide range of matters. She has extensive experience in defence of class actions, particularly with product liability claims, consumer protection claims, competition claims, banking-related claims. Michelle also has significant experience with international and domestic arbitration. She has specialized experience in shareholder and partnership disputes, contractual disputes, banking and secured transaction/priority disputes, inter-jurisdictional evidentiary matters (including obtaining and enforcing Letters Rogatory or Letters of Request), education law, corporate governance, directors' liabilities and marketing and labelling issues under competition law.
Michelle has appeared as counsel before the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the Youth Justice (Criminal) Court. She also has appeared as counsel before both domestic and international arbitration tribunals.
Prior to beginning her articles at BLG, Michelle completed a one-year judicial clerkship with the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. During law school, she completed Osgoode Hall's Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Government. As part of that program, Michelle spent two months in New Zealand developing a legally focused rehabilitation program for maximum-security prisoners who were about to be released from custody