33 minutes | Jan 18, 2021

Episode 1 - Running the course with Managing Partner and Triathlete Michael Peerless

Co-hosts Melissa Won and Patrick Clancy sit down with Mike Peerless: managing partner: pioneer in Canadian class action proceedings, class action department lead, and triathlete.From an articling student to issuing the first class proceeding in Canada only a year later, to the Dow Corning Gel breast implant $30 million settlement, Mike hit the ground running. He would go on to obtain numerous settlements for Canadians harmed by drug and medical companies and government action, writing the playbook for class actions in the process. Ultimately, Mike notes, class actions allow regular people to “level the playing field against a massive corporate defendant that has unlimited money to fight.”Years of inflicting “maximum havoc” on big corporations left Mike little time to care for himself.  While his wife was training for a marathon he went on a practice run.  Six weeks later he ran the Chicago marathon.  He wasn’t fast, but he’d discovered a love of running. Since then, he has completed another 20 standalone marathons including New York and Boston and 11 Ironman Triathlons. Learn the meaning behind Mike’s Twitter handle @piratemike911, what he says is the biggest challenge with managing a law firm, and how he approaches his role as managing partner 
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