JAMES (JIM) SMITHRetired
…One of the reasons Jim went into law was the intellectual challenge and his passionate dislike of bullying and injustice, which seems to be always with us, to some degree. Jim is also aware that the law is sometimes perceived as being less useful than required, and being slow and uncertain; however, he believes that the law is the only way we know, to date, to live together in the society without violence and destruction, and it is the law that allows us to work together in our society to achieve and maintain the incredible advances that we now have and enjoy.
Jim was raised in a small town in Southern Alberta. His extensive experience before entering the practice of law has helped him in his career. After completing high school, Jim worked in Oil and Gas and construction. He attended University of Calgary and received a B. Ed degree in 1970. Jim taught school in the County of Grande Prairie, where he took his high school basketball team to the Provincial finals, and then became a principal of an elementary /Junior High School. He returned to Calgary and taught Junior High for a year before becoming one of the first class of Law Students at the then brand new University of Calgary Law School in 1976, graduating in 1979, as a member of the first graduating class of 1979.
Founder of Osuji & Smith in 1980
After Jim was admitted to the Bar in 1980, he founded Smith Law Office (now Osuji & Smith Lawyers), and has grown our firm into a thriving general practice firm, with individual and corporate clients. Early on in his career, Jim practiced as a Criminal Lawyer, but now focuses on civil litigation, real estate, family, wills and estate. Jim has handled matters at all levels of Court in Alberta.
Jim seeks to find the quickest and best solution to legal problems, and his over 35 years of experience can help you with your legal problems, and to help you plan to avoid them.
You may contact Jim at 403-283-8018 or email.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate
- Wills and Estate Law
- Business Law
- Personal Injury
- Wills & Estates
- Employment Law
- Alberta, 1980
- University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- LL.B. – 1979
- B. Ed – University of Calgary – 1970
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Alberta Law Society, Member
- Canadian Bar Association
- Calgary Bar Association, Member
You may contact Charles at 403-283-8018 or by email at [email protected].
Jim retired in December 2019!
What People Say About US
“Charles was fantastic to work with! He was very professional, made sure I knew my options and supportive to the end. He successfully handled my employment matter and I would hire Charles again if needed.”
Aniedi Davidson at Osuji & Smith made our experience of incorporating interesting, accessible and hassle free. She took the time required to help us understand the process thoroughly and was very kind and friendly. Incorporating felt like a large task to us and she made it easy! I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking to incorporate their business.
Quite frankly, Osuji & Smith is the best. Charles and his team handled my Divorce process with ease. Their level of flexibility and professionalism is second to none! Would advise the general public to contact Osuji & Smith for all their legal needs.
I would like to thank Nitin Srivastava of Osuji & Smith for his help on my recent case. He was very professional and knowledgeable and helped me to make the proper decision regarding my case. I would recommend Nitin to anyone needing advice on labour and employment law.
My partner and I had a meeting with Charles today. He was very welcoming and so full of knowledge! Not only that but most importantly, honest. He helped us understand our situation and did so without us retaining him and charging us a ton of money! Such a different experience than any other lawyer I had dealt with in the city. He did not make us feel as if we were just a dollar sign and actually seemed to care. That is not common in lawyers. You’re awesome Charles and we would most definitely recommend you to anyone!
Charles Osuji has been my legal advisor for some time now. From the first day I met with him, I came to the conclusion that being brilliant and respectful has nothing to do with race or colour of skin. If you need a smart, efficient, competent, hardworking and professional lawyer, Charles Osuji embodies all these qualities. Charles is a very patient, considerate, hardworking lawyer that works 24/7 for the best interest of his client. He has been handling all my legal matters and has done an amazing job. I should note that he works with a dynamic and friendly team. I highly recommend him and his law firm, Osuji & Smith!
I had a great experience with Charles Osuji and his staff! Very professional and friendly and helpful. They are very reasonable with their hourly rates. I highly recommend Charles Osuji and Osuji & Smith to all my friends and anyone out there who is looking for professional help.
Had a great experience dealing with Charles. He looked after our best interests and finished our contract in good time. We will be using Osuji and Smith in the future.
Osuji and Smith handles all of our personal and business needs and we could not be happier with them. They are always available to answer any questions and provide sound advice. If you are looking for a great law firm, call them and they will take care of you every step of the way.
They are Excellent and I had a wonderful experience especially Mr. Charles! He is very friendly and explained us all the outcomes. And we won the case!
Charles and Colleen provided me with some legal and real estate services. They are very professional, competent and on time. Their fees are very reasonable too. I highly recommend Charles Osuji and to anyone looking for a competent and knowledgeable lawyer that can resolve your case quickly at a reasonable price. Thanks, Osuji and Smith for the excellent work!
We hired Charles to help us with Employment law. He was very knowledgeable on the matter, he worked very efficiently and he achieved a favorable result in a short period of time. He was also very reasonable priced. I highly recommend him to anyone in a need of legal advice and services.
I came to Osuji & Smith to review a commercial lease for my new business location. Charles and Alessia thoroughly reviewed my lease with me so that I understood it, and provided me specific notes about the present lease to take back to the landlord. Charles exceeded my expectations by also giving me additional tips on legal contracts on top of sharing some business advice that will be invaluable to the future of my business and my success as a new business owner. I feel the value I received from this office is why I will surely choose them again in the future.
I worked solely with Charles on an employment case that was very personal to me. From the get go he displayed nothing but the highest standard of respect, knowledge, case fact competency and actually cares about your interest & well being. Always reachable even whilst I was overseas in multiple countries. His consistency, experience, historic reference, and flawless case punctuality are very noticeable in the way he handled every single matter. I can’t thank him enough for his honest work, support, and dealings. Osuji and Smith law-firm is an amazing establishment. Thank you again, Charles.
Charles Osuji has been my legal advisor for some time. From the first day I met with Charles I came to conclusion that being brilliant and respectful has nothing to do with race or colour of skin. If you need a smart, efficient, competent, hardworking and professional lawyer, Charles embodies all these qualities. Charles is very patient, considerate, hardworking lawyer that works 24/7 for the best interest of his client. He has been handling all my legal matters and had done an amazing job. He works with a dynamic and friendly team. I highly recommend him and his law firm Osuji & Smith Lawyers.
I have used them once and all I can say is their services are top notch, didn’t have anything to complain about. Hence I will definitely recommend them to friends and family.
I had the opportunity to have Charles Osuji providing legal services for myself and I can say that he and his team dealt with my matter in a very professional way. They are very responsive and Charles worked even on a Sunday to have my issue solved as soon as possible. Reasonable priced and more than that, he offered me the most cost-efficient alternatives for my case. Highly recommend this law firm.
I hired Charles for a prenuptial agreement. He is amazing from day 1. Unlike other corporate family lawyers, Charles calls you back even after 9 pm and even on a Saturday or Sunday. You can directly talk to Charles anytime unlike other lawyers who are not so easy to talk. His prices are reasonable and he is very professional. I would highly recommend Osuji & Smith for your legal needs.
I worked with Charles and Colleen for the sale of my old home and the purchase of my new home. They were so wonderful to deal with. Very professional and helpful. I would highly recommend Osuji & Smith for your legal needs!
Charles is amazing. He handled my divorce efficiently and professional and put up with some craziness on my part. Would definitely recommend!