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Mike is the founder of Smitiuch Injury Law and he has worked as an injury and wrongful death lawyer his entire career which started in 1998. Mike has established himself as a leading trial lawyer in Ontario for injury and death lawsuits. Mike handles all types of cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, product failures and disability claims.
Mike has conducted numerous jury trials, including Stilwell v. Corning Inc., which was the first successful trial verdict against Corning Inc. in North America involving Visions cookware. The Stilwell case ended in 2014 when the Ontario Court of Appeal decided in favour of Mike's severely injured client. This is what the trial judge had to say about the successful result in the Stilwell trial:
"...this was in large measure due to the considerable preparation and skill demonstrated by plaintiff counsel that put the plaintiffs' case before the jury in the best possible light... In this case, I already have commented on the commendable performance by plaintiff counsel, which certainly was very important to the degree of success achieved by the plaintiffs."
More recently, in December 2016 Mike and his co-counsel were successful at trial against the City of Hamilton for failing to keep an intersection in a state of good repair. This decision was significant since Mike's client was rendered a quadriplegic and his losses and needs for the future were significant. In his Reasons for Judgment the trial judge had this to say:
"All counsel in this difficult trial were very well prepared and I wish to extend my appreciation for their excellent assistance".
Previous to this trial victory, Mike obtained a successful jury verdict against the Glen Eagle Golf Club for over $1.8 million in damages, including pain and suffering and loss of income.
In addition to trial work, Mike has been a leading advocate in many areas involving public safety, including wired glass in schools, the unreasonable use of force by police and inadequate security at nightclubs. Mike has helped put the spotlight on these important issues and he has been interviewed/featured by all major media outlets and news shows in Canada, including Canada AM, CBC's Metro Morning, CTV, Global News, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and the National Post.
Mike has also had scholarly papers and articles published in many legal publications such as The Litigator, The Lawyers Weekly and The Advocates' Quarterly. He has also given numerous lectures to other lawyers at conferences put on by The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Advocates' Society. Mike has also been selected by The Commons Institute to be a rostered speaker and give annual presentations to lawyers throughout Canada regarding personal injury law.
Michael has been selected and approved as a legal expert in Catastrophic Injury Law by Global Law Experts. GLE is the world's largest network of law firms boasting over 2000 high profile lawyers who are experts in over 50 specialist areas of law in over 140 countries.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Disability and Insurance Claims
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Slip and Fall Incidents
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Ontario, 1998
- University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada
- LL.B. - 1996
- McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
- Honours B.A. - 1994
- Major: Political Science
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1998 - Present
- American Association for Justice, Member, 1998 - Present
- The Advocates’ Society, Member, 2013 - Present
- Global Law Experts, Legal expert in Catastrophic Injury Law , December 1, 2015 - Present