Lawyers, patent &
trademark agents

Michele Ballagh

Michele Ballagh, Partner

Lawyer & Trademark Agent

Admitted to Ontario Bar: 1999
Registered Trademark Agent: 2000

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  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1990
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queen's University, 1997


  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Hamilton Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Institute (AIPLA)

Practice Areas:

Michele Ballagh practices in the area of intellectual property and entertainment law. Her solicitor’s practice includes the prosecution of trademark and copyright applications as well as the preparation of agreements involving intellectual property rights. Her barrister’s practice includes litigation in all areas of intellectual property law, including trademarks, domain names, copyright, patents, industrial designs, trade secrets and confidential information.

Summary of Experience:

For almost 10 years, Michele Ballagh worked at the Hamilton Office of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. In November 2007, Michele set up her own practice and on January 1, 2009, she became a founding partner of Ballagh & Edward LLP.

As an advocate, Michele has appeared at almost all levels and divisions of the Ontario Courts and at both levels of the Federal Court of Canada. She writes regularly and presents seminars on intellectual property topics for both the legal profession and various community groups.

Michele is an active member of the Hamilton Law Association (where she served as a Trustee for six years) and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (where she currently serves as a moderator for the Sole and Small Practice Network). She has also been an active member of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce (where she most recently served as the chair of the Creative Industries Sub-Committee and is a past chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Committee).

In January 2015, Michele Ballagh attended the Entertainment Law Certificate Program offered by the professional development program at Osgoode Hall Law School. The course provided an in depth review of the law and business practices for the music, book publishing, live theatre, film and television industries in Canada as well an introduction to the rapidly developing industry growing up around on-line gaming and interactive digital media.

When not engaged in professional activities, Michele enjoys spending time with her Labrador Retriever, Snuffles, engaging in printmaking at Centre 3 and during the summer months, she spends as much time as possible paddling her red canoe, Belle, in the wilds of Northern Ontario.