James Smith

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

  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Wills and Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Wills & Estates
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • 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
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Osuji & Smith has just won the 2019 Three Best Rated for Best Rated Employment Lawyers in Calgary. This is our third win having won it in 2017 and 2018. We have also won the 2019 Three Best Rated for Best Rated Business Lawyers in Calgary for 2019. The Three Best Rated’s 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reviews, ratings, reputation, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. Osuji & Smith has also been nominated for the 2019 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment, given by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). We have also been nominated for the 2019 Hope Awards, Aspen.


Osuji & Smith Lawyers is known for its friendly team of legal professionals. We are client-focused and also driven to produce practical results for you.For years, our clients have trusted our experience and skill in solving their legal matters. Our skill is based on knowledge of the law and our ability to interpret it depending upon the facts of each case. Our dedicated team of lawyers is constantly striving to find unique resolutions for your complex issues. Our office is conveniently located in Kensington close to downtown Calgary, Alberta. For easy access, we also have free parking available for our clients.