Michael Aarenau was called to the bar in 2022 after receiving his law degrees in both Common and Civil Law in 2021 from McGill University. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor’s of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University in 2017. Michael began at S. Zalman Haouzi Avocat in 2019 as a summer student, and Zalman hasn’t been able to get rid of him since!

Michael believes strongly in the importance of defending Charter rights and holding the state to account. He takes a principled approach to defending his clients and fighting for the pursuit of justice. 

Michael recognizes the immense faith that people place in their lawyers and feels an unbridled sense of responsibility towards clients and the administration of justice as a whole. He is emotionally invested in the outcome of each case and is genuinely committed to his clients welfare, both inside and outside of the courtroom. He approaches criminal law from the perspective that people are more than their worst day and that it is in everyone’s best interest to avoid a criminal record, stay out of jail, and be connected to their family and community. 

Having worked largely as a speechwriter on Parliament Hill during his undergraduate studies, Michael has a strong command of the written word and understands the power of persuasive advocacy. He can often be found in his office at late hours of the night, drafting Charter motions to get evidence excluded from trial or penning lengthy legal representations to secure an acquittal. 

Michael is involved in a number of different community organizations. He acts as a supervising lawyer for Innocence McGill, where he works tirelessly to bring justice to the wrongfully convicted and oversees the work of motivated McGill Law students. He is also involved with the Lord Reading Law Society and is a member of his synagogue’s Young Professionals Committee. Despite his busy schedule, Michael still finds time for weekly phone calls with his mother.

EDUCATION

  • Carleton University, Bachelors of Public Affairs & Policy Management (B. PAPM), 2017
  • McGill University, Juris Doctor & Bachelors of Civil Law (JD / BCL.), 2021

ADMISSION TO THE BAR

  • Barreau du Québec, 2022