Michael Spratt, C.S

Partner, Certified Specialist
(Criminal Law)

Strategy matters. A specialist in the courtroom and in Parliament, Michael’s adversaries never know what hit them.

Michael is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law and a partner at Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP.

Michael’s laid-back charm disarms the toughest witnesses and has an irresistible effect on judges and juries alike. Michael has developed a broad-ranging criminal litigation practice, and he has appeared before all levels of court. He has defended cases ranging from simple assaults to complex murders, and has had particular success before juries.

Michael was describe as a ‘brilliant lawyer‘ in Canada’s House of Commons and he frequently appears as an expert witness before the House of Commons and the Senate, providing expert evidence on criminal-law policy and legislation. In 2018 Michael was awarded the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal for “his professional expertise and experience to help craft some of the most complex pieces of Canadian policy and legislation.”

Michael has been named to the exclusive Best Lawyers® list as a criminal law specialist in 2021 and 2022. Michael was also selected as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2020 by the prestigious publication Canadian Lawyer.

Michael is an award winning blogger and is often sought out by the media for his insights on justice issues. He has written for iPolitics, the National Post, the Ottawa SunCanadian Lawyer.

Michael is also a co-hosts of the award winning popular legal and political podcast The Docket.

Michael has served as a director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. He later served as a treasurer, and vice-president, of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He has been a guest instructor at the University of Ottawa law school, Carleton University, and Algonquin College and has presented at numerous professional education conferences.

Michael was called to the Bar in 2005 after attending law school at Dalhousie University and articling in Toronto at the well-known criminal law firm Hicks Block Adams.