The recent success of Stilwell v. Corning Incorporated & World Kitchen Inc. and the subsequent media attention worldwide has helped contribute to client growth in the area, says the personal injury lawyer.
Earlier this year a jury awarded a London-area man $1.15 million in damages after finding the makers of Visions glass cookware was negligent for not including adequate warning labels with the products. It was the first successful North American case against the cookware makers.
“The opening of our London office is illustrative of the growth in new clients that we have experienced in recent years in this area,” says Smitiuch. “I attended law school at the University of Western Ontario and I am happy to further re-establish my ties to the City of London.”
The office will be staffed with a legal administrative support team and lawyers from the firm’s Brantford and Toronto offices to start, and, “will be available to meet with existing and prospective clients at our new office,” says Smitiuch.
The plan is to hire a new lawyer for the London office, he adds.
“We will continue to focus on representing injury victims, including motor vehicle, slip and fall, product liability and long term disability cases," says Smitiuch.
Smitiuch says the new practice is focused on helping seriously injured individuals and the families of those who have been tragically killed.
“Having an office in London will further enhance the service we provide to our clients in the London area and allow us to have a permanent base from which to operate.”