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Michael Smitiuch

Michael Smitiuch

Michael Smitiuch

Founder/Owner
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone:
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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 regularly conducts jury and judge alone trials, the most recent being in October 2017 which resulted in a very successful jury verdict in Hamilton on behalf of a police officer injured in the line of duty.

In December 2016 Mike and Peter Cho were successful at trial against the City of Hamilton for failing to keep an intersection in a state of good repair. Click the following link for news coverage about this case. 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, along with Peter Cho and Megan Johnston in Toronto against the Glen Eagle Golf Club for over $1.8 million in damages, including pain and suffering and loss of income.

There have been additional trial successes, but perhaps one of the most significant was the case of Stilwell v. Corning Inc., where a London jury awarded the injured Plaintiff over $1.15 million for damages. Click the following link for news coverage about this case. This award of damages 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."

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 suicides in mental health hospitals. 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 The National, Canada AM, CBC's Metro Morning, CTV, Global News, The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and the National Post.

Click here to view or listen to interviews given by Mike.

Click here to read articles written involving Mike.

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.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Disability and Insurance Claims
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Incidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1998

Education

  • 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

In The News

  • July 12, 2018 - Mississauga Nursing Home Found Negligent In Death of Elderly Patient
  • April 9, 2018 - Hamilton Health Sciences 25th Annual Conference on Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury
  • February 9, 2018 - Michael Smitiuch Represents an Alberta Dentist in a $5.6 million Lawsuit
  • January 22, 2018 - The Winter 2018 issue of our newsletter, Disclosure, is now available
  • January 11, 2018 - THE LAWYER'S DAILY - Multiple Hospital Suicides Result in Legal Action
  • December 5, 2017 - CBC News interviews Michael Smitiuch about Auto Insurance Reforms
  • October 30, 2017 - BREAKING NEWS: Families Seek to Hold Hamilton Hospital Accountable for Patient Suicide Deaths
  • October 11, 2017 - Hamilton Jury Returns Verdict In Favour of Injured Police Officer
  • September 11, 2017 - THE LAWYER'S DAILY - Ontario Provincial Police using GPS darts make roads safer, could threaten privacy
  • September 7, 2017 - BREAKING NEWS: Suit Against City of Mississauga Raises Questions About Safety of Summer Students
  • July 31, 2017 - Smitiuch Injury Law welcomes two Student-at-law. Caroline Tarjan and Gurjiwan Brar will be articling with the firm for the next 10 months.
  • July 14, 2017 - THE LAWYER'S DAILY - Rethinking the cap on pain and suffering damages
  • July 3, 2017 - THE LAWYER'S DAILY - Will Toronto’s new trial sitting pilot project stand the test?
  • June 30, 2017 - Recipients of the 2017 Smitiuch Injury Law Legal Studies Scholarships are announced
  • June 7, 2017 - Premium sponsorship of FORE the Kids Charity Golf Tournament
  • May 11, 2017 - BREAKING NEWS: $1,000,000 Breach of Privacy Lawsuit Started Against the William Osler Health System and a nurse
  • May 1, 2017 - A Brantford jury awards our client $2.4 million after a five week trial
  • April 24, 2017 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the Marshall Report and the vital role that lawyers play in helping injury victims fight for justice
  • April 6, 2017 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the Madeleine Petrielli $4M lawsuit on Global News - The Morning Show
  • April 5, 2017 - Family files $4M lawsuit against the City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel and others, after their daughter was killed while crossing the street
  • April 3, 2017 - Gold Sponsorship - HHSC 24th Annual Conference on Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury
  • March 8, 2017 - UPDATE - The Adam Bari Story - Changes to Accident Benefits entitlement adds to family’s struggle
  • February 15, 2017 - Smitiuch Injury Law staff volunteers at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.
  • February 1, 2017 - The Dangers of Wired Glass
  • January 19, 2017 - Father and son file $4M lawsuit against TTC over violent Union Station confrontation
  • January 11, 2017 - "Reduced damages a tough fight for killer drunk driver" - Toronto Sun
  • January 11, 2017 - What should you do if you are in a car accident? CBC News Toronto
  • December 23, 2016 - 50th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2016 Toy Donations
  • December 14, 2016 - Toronto man who was wrongly convicted files $4.5M lawsuit against Toronto Police
  • December 12, 2016 - Paralyzed in crash, man wins damages from City of Hamilton over faded stop line at rural crossing (CBC Hamilton)
  • December 7, 2016 - Go to the Trial & Arbitration Awards page to read the Chiocchio v. City of Hamilton et al. summary
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