Michelle Flowerday, LL.B.
Michelle Flowerday is a fertility lawyer and the founder/owner of Flowerday Fertility Law in Toronto, Ontario. She is a passionate and tireless champion for couples facing infertility, for same-sex couples striving to start a family, for single people endeavouring to grow a family on their own, and for surrogates and ova, sperm, and embryo donors assisting in the family-building process.
Michelle’s expertise includes drafting and negotiating surrogacy, donor, and co-parenting agreements, making court applications for declarations of parentage and step-parent adoptions, and assisting with other legal matters related to third-party reproduction. She takes a collaborative and constructive approach to her files with a view to ensuring that her clients are fully protected while preserving the important relationships that will extend beyond the legal process. Michelle works with clients locally, nationally, and internationally.
Michelle is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topic of fertility and surrogacy law, is often looked to by the media as an expert in the field, provides legal advice to fertility clinics and hospitals on matters related to compliance with Canadian assisted human reproduction laws and regulations, and volunteers her time to advance important initiatives in the field of law and ethics related to third-party reproduction.
Prior to her current role, Michelle was a partner at Dickson MacGregor Appell LLP, Canada’s largest all-women law firm, practising in the areas of fertility law and family law. She began her legal career at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms, gaining invaluable experience in the area of family law.
Michelle graduated with top honours from McGill University (BA, Honours Psychology) and Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B), and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, and Fertility Matters Canada, among others.