Our People

Our partners, associates, agents, and support staff comprise a seasoned team of IP professionals and talented litigators who will work with you to build and execute an intellectual property strategy.

Paul Smith (Senior Partner)

Paul Smith

Senior Partner

The founding partner of SMITHS IP is a McGill graduate who speaks both French and English. Paul has been recognized for his achievements practicing Intellectual Property Law in Canada.

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Lawrence Chan (Partner)

Lawrence Chan


Lawrence studied at the University of British Columbia, where he received his Science (Honours in Biochemistry) and Law degrees. He can also provide services in Cantonese.

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Mihaela Hutanu (Trademark Agent)

Mihaela Hutanu

Trademark Agent

Mihaela represents clients before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the US Patent & Trademark Office. Her national and international clients include individuals, companies, and law firms.

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Andy Chow (Associate)

Andy Chow


Andy received his Science (Honours in Physiology) and J.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He previously worked as a Combat Engineer in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve for over a decade.

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Carina Umali (Dynamic Operations Manager)

Carina Umali

Dynamic Operations Manager

Carina is responsible for the firm’s business and administrative function. She holds a degree in Nursing from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

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Karen Chow (Associate)

Karen Chow


Karen received her J.D. from the University of Ottawa and her Bachelor of Arts and Science (Chemistry & Sociology) from McGill University.

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Garth Leslie (Articling Student)

Garth Leslie

Articling Student

The newest articling student at Smiths IP, Garth holds Mechanical Engineering and law degrees from the University of Alberta.

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Our Admin

Jade Buckley-Jeffers

Legal Assistant

Cristina Ramos

Reception & Office Services

Kasia Ginders

Legal Assistant

Ashley Talbott

Legal Assistant

Sylvia Li

Legal Assistant

Allison Kehler

Legal Assistant