Mitch Kowalski is an innovative thinker, writer, speaker and lawyer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed, ABA best-seller, Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century. He speaks regularly on legal service innovation as well as blogging on legal matters for the National Post’s blog, The Legal Post and on innovation in legal services for Slaw.ca. Mitch’s print articles have appeared in Lexpert Magazine, The National, The Advocate, The Hong Kong Law Journal, The Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He teaches innovation in law at Western University Law School and at the University of Ottawa Law School. Mitch is one of the co-founders of lawTechcamp Toronto, a co-ordinator of LawSync and was selected as one of the Fastcase Top 50 Global Legal Innovators in 2012. Follow him on Twitter @mekowalski for information about innovation and law.
This site not only introduces his interests and work, but also the diverse experiences which have forged a unique perspective that compels him to think boldly.
For much of his 21-year legal career, he practiced law with the Toronto office of international legal giant Baker & McKenzie, before moving to one of the oldest, mid-sized law firms in Toronto: Aylesworth LLP which later became Dickinson Wright LLP. He also served as in-house counsel for the City of Toronto and had a business role with First Canadian Title. His experience with a wide variety of legal service providers gives him a unique perspective on their operations. Mitch currently maintains a boutique commercial law practice in Toronto.
Mitch received his B.A., M.A. and LL.B. from The University of Western Ontario and his LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1991 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1997.
September 16, 2014: GunnerCooke Conference on the Future of Law - Oxford, England
September 17, 2014: DLA Piper WIN Conference for General Counsel – London, England
October 9, 2014: Quorum Club Conference for General Counsel – Toronto, Canada
February 5, 2015: Thompson Rivers University Law School – Kamloops, Canada
February 21, 2015: Legal Lean Conference – Toronto, Canada
March 2, 2015: Cross Pollen/Exigent General Counsel Seminar – Johannesburg, South Africa
March 4, 2015: Cross Pollen/Exigent General Counsel Seminar – Cape Town, South Africa
April 21, 2015: Thomson Reuters Leadership Conference – Minneapolis, USA
June 22, 2015: LegalX Grand Opening Panel Discussion – Toronto, Canada
September 16 – October 6, 2015: University of Calgary Law School – Calgary, Canada
October 8, 2015: Quorum Club Conference for General Counsel - Toronto, Canada
October 13, 2015: London Law Expo 2015 – London, England
October 20, 2015: Wolters Kluwer Legal Management Forum – Madrid, Spain
October 23, 2015: Future Firm Forum – Queenstown, New Zealand
November 13, 2015: Baker & McKenzie German Partners' Retreat - Berlin, Germany
November 25, 2015: Miller Thomson General Counsel Seminar - Toronto, Canada
December 2, 2015: National Association for Law Placement (Canada) Annual Meeting - Toronto, Canada