Mitchell E. Kowalski

Mitchell E. Kowalski

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.


Speaking Engagements

January 6 - 24, 2014: University of Ottawa Law School – Ottawa, Canada
February 6, 2014: University of Miami Law School, Law without Walls Webinar: "Procurement in Legal Services" - Worldwide
February 15, 2014: 7th Annual Managing Partners Forum "Risk Management and the Future of Law" - Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
February 21, 2014: Hall & Wilcox Partners Seminar on the Future of Law - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
March 10, 2014: March 28, 2014 - University of Calgary Law School - Calgary, Canada
March 11, 2014: Canadian Centre for Professional Education "The Future of Law in Canada" - Calgary, Canada
April 1, 2014: National Magazine Conference on the Future of Law - University of Montreal Law School, Montreal, Canada
April 24, 2014: MyCase Webinar: "Solos and Smalls in Uncertain Times" - North America
May 26, 2014: Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Annual Conference Keynote Address – Winnipeg, Canada
May 27, 2014: Law Society of Manitoba, Continuing Education Programme - Winnipeg, Canada
September 16, 2014: GunnerCooke Conference on the Future of Law - Oxford, England
January 5 - 23, 2015: Hong Kong University Law School - Hong Kong

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