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Sam Johansen listen


Sam* advocates for his clients in a wide array of settings, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Hospital proceedings and a variety of other administrative tribunals. Sam navigates§ his clients through the various legal, ethical and administrative issues that they face. Sam listens and ensures that he understands his client’s perspective and objectives, so that he can provide advice and achieve results suitable 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. .


  • Practice Areas:
  • Bar Admissions:
    • Ontario (2015)
  • Education:
    • Regent College (2021)
    • Osgoode Hall Law School (2014) JD
    • University of Toronto (2010) BA (History and Religious Studies - Honours with High Distinction)


Sam Johansen

is counsel at Lenczner Slaght.

Sam’s practice focuses on representing health care professionals. He assists physicians by representing them before their regulator, acting on their behalf in hospital proceedings, and by providing them with advice and guidance on a wide array of medical-legal issues.

Sam frequently appears before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Consent and Capacity Board and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. Sam has also represented clients in the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • 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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