A born and bred franco-ontarian and product of a small lumber town, Jean-Michel Corbeil became a lawyer because he believes that working people deserve a fair share of the wealth they help produce. He is proud to be able to offer his services in French and in English.
Known to clients and members of the legal community as a thoughtful, pragmatic and professional litigator, Jean-Michel can’t be rattled or provoked. He likes to present his cases in a calm, matter-of-fact demeanor, carefully choosing the right moment to strike a fatal blow in his opponent’s case. He approaches every case as a problem that requires solving, and strives to provide realistic and candid advice to his clients on what can be achieved through a negotiated settlement, and what can be expected from litigation. When the best solution to a problem is to litigate, Jean-Michel resolutely advocates for his clients to ensure that justice is done.
Jean-Michel represents public and private sector unions, as well as individual employees, in all sorts of disputes involving collective agreement and employment contract interpretation. Well versed in the ABCs of the education sector, he regularly assists teachers in grievance arbitration and in professional discipline cases. He also helps clients navigate the complex world of federal public sector labour relations, including judicial review applications in the federal courts. Jean-Michel also provides training and strategic advice to clients on various labour law matters, including collective agreement negotiation.
Jean-Michel summered and articled at the firm’s Ottawa office before his call to the Ontario bar in 2011. When not engaged in the practice of law, he can be found tending to his other two passions: his family and the Ottawa Senators. While he loves them both dearly, so far only his young daughter has managed to hold a cup over her head.