Charles is the Managing Partner of Osuji & Smith. He joined our firm in 2013 as an articling student; he was called to the Alberta Bar in 2014, became a named Partner in 2016, and the sole owner of the firm in 2017.
Charles is a passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer. He is one of the leading young lawyers in Calgary. He takes pride in providing effective and practical legal advice in a thorough and timely manner through responsive communication with his clients, helping his clients achieve a resolution to their matter in a swift, cost-effective and thoughtful manner, through negotiation, mediation, as well as litigation.
Charles obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB, magna cum laude) from the Faculty of Law, Imo State University, Nigeria, graduating at the top of his graduating class, before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School graduating with a Barrister-at-Law (BL, Honours) in 2010. After he was called to the Nigerian Bar, Charles articled at our firm and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2014.
Charles has appeared at all levels of Court in Alberta including the Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal. He has gained valuable experience representing a wide range of individual and corporate clients, with excellent results, in family law, real estate, personal injury, wills and estates, corporate law, employment law and civil litigation. Charles continues to improve his skills and his legal knowledge by actively participating in the Continuing Legal Education seminars of the Canadian Bar Association in which he is a member.
Charles pursues his volunteerism with the same enthusiasm he employs in the discharge of his professional duties. He has volunteered his time, as a Mentor, for other young professionals through the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC), and as a panel speaker at the Central Library, Bow Valley College, the Calgary Petroleum Club, the Alberta Law Society, the University of Calgary, and the Kahanoff Center. He is also on CRIEC’s Board of Directors. Charles has volunteered with Elizabeth Fry Society and the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre; he currently volunteers with Alberta Legal Aid, the Alberta Law Society Lawyer Referral Service, Igbo Cultural Association of Calgary, his Church (where he has been the pianist for over 6 years), and the Mustard Seed and Habitat for Humanity through CRIEC.
Charles was nominated the 2016 Professional of the Year by the OBSIDIAN Awards (Alberta) in recognition of his contributions to his clients and his community. He was also nominated the 2018 Immigrant of Distinction – Achievement Under 35 Category (Immigrant Services Calgary).
In his spare time, Charles enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing piano, playing and watching soccer and other sports, and reading.
You may contact Charles at 403-283-8018 or by email at email.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Real Estate
- Business Law
- Personal Injury
- Wills and Estates
- Employment Law
- Nigeria, 2010
- Alberta, 2014
- Call to Bar, Alberta, 2014
- Legal Education Society of Alberta (Bar Admission Course), 2014
- Bachelor of Laws Equivalency Examinations, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, 2013
- Call to Bar, Nigeria, 2010
- Nigerian Law School, Barrister-at-Law (BL), 2010
- Imo State University, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
- The Canadian Bar Association
- The Law Society of Alberta
- The Calgary Bar Association
- Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council
- The Global Lawyers of Canada
- The Nigeria Bar Association