Osuji & Smith Place – Osuji & Smith Calgary Lawyers


“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth” – Archimedes.

Some years back when I was looking for an articling position as a student lawyer, I sent out my resume to many firms. I never got a call back. I didn’t have many people vouching for me. My last name was not familiar. I was new to the country. Then, I landed my one and only interview with my former Principal, Mr. Smith. One shot. I took it, and got my foot in the door, and eventually bought out the firm less than 3 years later. Since then, I’ve learned that representation is important, but more important is the need to build more table (s).

Osuji & Smith PLace
Osuji & Smith PlaceOsuji & Smith Calgary Lawyers

Few weeks ago, my staff and I celebrated the 5th anniversary of Osuji & Smith. 5 years ago, I bought the firm with just 7 staff members. Now, we are more than 24 and growing. Back then, little did I know that we would grow so fast to become one of the largest solely black-owned/BIPOC law firms in Canada. Not to mention over 40 local and national awards. All in 5 y

ears. Grit. Consistency. Focus. Good name. Hard work. Strong support. Preparation.

My previous location could no longer take on the growth, especially my need to give back and give more people an opportunity to succeed – especially folks that look like me. So, I built a second table, a second location: a brand new, stand alone modern building located at 1109 Edmonton Trail, 3 minutes from downtown Calgary, which we proudly call ours. Osuji & Smith Place. www.osujismith.ca.

Thank you to my past and present staff who tolerated me for using up every space available in the old location to give others (volunteers, students, interns, etc) the opportunity that took a long time to come to me, and to many other new comers. And to my tribe of supporters across the country and beyond, thank you. In this space, we will be running The Foot in the Door Program, which would give up to 50 internationally trained lawyers, per year, a volunteer experience and an opportunity to understand how the legal system works. This would give them a “place to stand”, and a competitive edge as they pursue their career goals. Sometimes, that’s just what we need: a foot in the door.

Osuji & Smith Lawyers Team
Osuji & Smith Lawyers Team

When the doors swing open for you, keep them open for others. At the end of this journey, success will be determined by how many folks walked through that door.

We are just getting started. Everything is possible. I look forward to my friend and brother, Kelechi (Kaycee) Madu, KC the Honourable Minister of Labour & Immigration for Alberta, cutting the ribbons in a few weeks.

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Charles Osuji – Managing Partner & CEO at Osuji & Smith Lawyers | Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada | Best Lawyers™️ in Canada | Lexpert Rising Star, Canada | Top 40 under 40 | Achievement under 35 | United Way Ambassador