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Michael Smitiuch

Michael Smitiuch

Michael Smitiuch

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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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


  • 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

  • October 14, 2016 - Read the Hamilton Spectator story to find out how regulation changes are affecting an Ontario family
  • October 3, 2016 - The Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.
  • October 11, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the impact of recent auto insurance changes - CBC Toronto Metro Morning and Ontario Morning
  • October 3, 2016 - The Fall 2016 issue of our newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.
  • September 28, 2016 - Peter Cho & Michael Smitiuch give talk about the Stilwell v. Corning case
  • September 26, 2016 - New Associate Lawyer joins the firm - Mr. Matthew Nieuwland
  • September 22, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch Co-Chairs & Speaks at The Law Society of Upper Canada Program
  • August 2, 2016 - Two New Articling Students Join Smitiuch Injury Law
  • July 26, 2016 - We are growing again! We are looking to hire a full time Law Clerk in our Tort department.
  • June 30, 2016 - Read Mike Smitiuch's article this week in Lawyers Weekly on increased use of video evidence in civil cases
  • June 29, 2016 - 2016 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipients Announced - St. John's College & Assumption College, Brantford
  • May 26, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the changes to Ontario's auto insurance on CBC Radio Ontario Morning
  • January 4, 2016 - Articling Student Joins Smitiuch Injury Law
  • December 21, 2015 - 49th Annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish 2015 Toy Donations
  • December 10, 2015 - Michael Smitiuch selected as a Legal Expert by Global Law Experts
  • November 20, 2015 - Smitiuch Injury Law staff volunteers at The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
  • November 18, 2015 - Bola Damages Suit Against Toronto Police
  • November 18, 2015 - Family Files $5 Million Damages Suit Against Police
  • October 27, 2015 - The Fall 2015, issue of the Smitiuch Injury Law newsletter, Disclosure, is now available.
  • September 16, 2015 - We are pleased to announce the opening of an office in Hamilton!
  • September 15, 2015 - Should Ontario's legal regulator ban lawyer advertising?
  • September 9, 2015 - Chris Jackson awarded OTLA's 2015 Outstanding Law Clerk Award
  • August 13, 2015 - Family Whose Son Died in Muzik Club Shooting Mourns Loss and Looks For Answers
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Toronto Office
3280 Bloor Street West
Centre Tower, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M8X 2X3

Toll Free: 866-621-1551
Phone: 416-621-1551
Fax: 416-621-1558
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Brantford Office
330 West Street
Unit 6
Brantford, Ontario N3R 7V5

Phone: 519-754-1558
Fax: 519-754-1580
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Hamilton Office
1 Hunter Street East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3W1

Phone: 905-777-7907
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Simcoe Office
16 Norfolk Street South
Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 2V9

Phone: 519-426-9332
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