Michael Erdle

Current Affiliation

  • Deeth Williams Wall

Primary Practice Areas

Information Technology

  • Outsourcing
  • Managed Services
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Internet Products and Services
  • Bioinformatics
  • Software Licensing
  • Distribution
  • Research and Development


  • Privacy Policies
  • Access to Information

Intellectual Property

  • Copyright
  • Trade-marks
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Industrial Designs

Business Disputes

  • Media and Entertainment
  • Licensing
  • Financing
  • Joint Ventures
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Contract Disputes

Language Proficiency

  • English

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training


  • Advanced mediation Workshop – World Intellectual Property Organization, Arbitration and mediation Center, Geneva, Switzerland, June 2005
  • Intensive IP Arbitration Course – Canadian Bar Association & ADR Institute of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, November 2002
  • Advanced Mediation Course – Stitt Feld Handy & University of Windsor Law School, Toronto, Ontario, June 2002
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, 1986


  • Mediator in computer software licensing dispute (2010)
  • Mediator in trademark infringement dispute (2009)
  • Sole Arbitrator/Mediator in computer system implementation case; settled by mediation (2009)
  • Sole Arbitrator in international software development and distribution case (2008)
  • Sole Arbitrator in $2 million hardware and software distribution case (2007)
  • Roster arbitrator for Better Business Bureau of Mid-Western Ontario
  • Arbitrator and mediator on the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center’s List of Neutrals
  • Mediator in commercial and intellectual property disputes
  • Mediator in joint venture, shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Acted as legal counsel in numerous information technology and intellectual property mediation and arbitration cases
  • Negotiated settlement of information technology and intellectual property cases, applying facilitation, mediation and “interest-based” negotiation skills

Selected Honours, Awards, Publications and/or Professional and Civic Associations

  • Director, ADR Institute of Ontario
    Co-Chair, Technology and IP Section
  • Member, ADR Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
    Member, National IP Section
  • Ontario Bar Association
    Member, ADR Section
    Member, IT & E-Commerce Section
  • Member, Licensing Executives Society
  • Information Technology Association of Canada, Legal Affairs Forum
  • Director, Canadian IT Law Association
  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    President, 2006-2007
    Council member, 1999-2001, 2003-2008
  • Past Chair, IPIC Domain Names and Trademarks on the Internet Committee
  • Past chair, Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group
  • Member, International Technology Law Association


  • Bachelor of Journalism 1978 Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1986, Osgood Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario    Called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.

Contact Information

150 York St. Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3S5
Telephone: (416) 941-9201
Facsimile: (416) 941-9443