Sam Johansen


Sam* has a broad practice in complex commercial litigation, medical malpractice litigation and professional liability, appearing in all levels of court in Ontario and before various administrative tribunals. Sam navigates§ through complex issues of fact and law in order to put his clients’ best case forward. Sam ensures that he understands his client’s perspective and objectives, so that he can achieve the outcome best suited to each client’s unique circumstances. Sam believes that good advocates dispel complexity by framing solutions in a simple, accessible and logical manner. Sam’s competitive spirit is not confined to the courtroom: when he is not focused on finding legal solutions, there is a good chance he is playing one of his many favourite sports. .



Sam Johansen

is a lawyer at Lenczner Slaght.

Sam has a broad and growing practice in complex commercial litigation, medical malpractice litigation and professional liability and regulation. Sam assists physicians in managing a wide array of interactions with their regulatory college. He frequently appears before the Superior Court and the Commercial List, a specialized branch of the Superior Court which handles complex commercial actions. Sam also does appellate work and has been involved in a number of appeals before the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Sam articled at the firm. During his articles Sam was involved in a variety of matters including construction litigation, disciplinary prosecutions, and securities litigation.

While at law school, Sam participated in the IP Osgoode Intellectual Property Intensive Program. As part of this program, Sam spent a semester as a junior policy analyst in the Copyright and Trademark Policy Directorate, a branch of Industry Canada. Sam assisted policymakers in all aspects of their work, including the development of legislative amendments to the Trade-marks Act. At Osgoode, Sam volunteered with the Community and Legal Aid Services Program and the Law in Action Within Schools program. He also participated in the Lerners Cup moot.

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • The Advocates' Society

  • Don't Make Clients Dig for the Truth: The Importance of Candor for Professional Service Firms

    All professionals deal with difficult clients from time to time.  Difficult clients are often characterized by an aversion to receiving negative opinions and a refusal to heed the counsel of the professionals they have retained. A natural temptation when dealing with such clients might be to stop giving negative opinions to them and to instead focus on simply completing the tasks which the client has instructed. However, as the recent decision in Western Troy Capital Resources Inc v Genivar Inc demonstrates, in order for professional firms to avoid potential liability, they must ensure that they state their negative opinions clearly to their clients, especially in circumstances where a professional believes that the work which they are being retained to complete is futile.

    Sam Johansen | November 25, 2016

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