About SM Legal
My name is Samuel Michaels, founding lawyer of SM Legal Professional Corporation. I started SM Legal in 2017, a year removed from graduating Osgoode Hall Law School and right after receiving my license to practice law in Ontario.
At that time, I was genuinely starting from scratch. I built my practice one step at a time – networking, cold-calling, and taking meetings. My efforts began to pay off, and soon I had a healthy, growing practice. I worked with solo entrepreneurs, fired employees, and small businesses. I worked hard. I worked long hours. I worked to the very best of my ability.
Early on, I decided that the best way to grow my reputation was to let my work speak for itself. As my practice grew, I began working with founder teams, established businesses, and publicly traded companies. Through all the growth, I kept my head down, kept grinding, and kept dedicating myself fully to each file. I know how far SM Legal has come, but my goalposts are always moving. Every step of progress is a new opportunity, an open door leading to new tests and challenges. I could not imagine a better form of motivation.
The story of SM Legal is the story of its origins. The approach that has allowed me to build a successful legal practice is the same approach that I bring to each and every file. I appreciate accolades, awards, and publications, but I am equally interested in efficacy, punctuality, and cost-efficiency. My goal for every file is to deliver even better quality services than what I would expect for my own business.
Failure is not an option for my practice, it’s not an option for your legal matter either.
Our mission is to provide superior quality legal work and exceptional service for every client. We care about punctuality, efficiency, and responding promptly to calls and emails. We will go above and beyond for every client regardless of whether they are a brand new start-up, an established company, or anywhere in between.
Samuel Michaels is a corporate lawyer, working with company founders and shareholders to resolve internal disputes and manage their ongoing legal needs. Samuel brings a balanced and driven approach to legal practice. Aggressive where beneficial, compromising when advantageous. Samuel does not focus on hours quotas or how much time he spends in a courtroom. Samuel’s only markers for success are seeing his clients’ interests protected and achieving financially beneficial results for their businesses.
Samuel has a background in employment law and corporate law, having worked in diverse environments ranging from legal aid clinics to law firms. Educated at Osgoode Hall Law School, Samuel is a veteran of Toronto’s legal-tech and entrepreneur communities. The founder of Canada Legal Help, Samuel is a passionate advocate for legal education, actively working with several access-to-justice initiatives throughout the GTA.
I am a lawyer by trade, and an entrepreneur at heart. Starting my own firm has allowed me the opportunity to build my own business and grow my network in new and exciting ways, all while applying my knowledge and skills to help others. It’s an amazing opportunity to do what I love on my own terms, for companies and clients I am proud to support.
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