Pro Bono Services

Although I am a solo-practitioner, I believe that one person can make a difference – or mobilize the right people who can address a wrong or help those in need.

As a lawyer, I recognize that I enjoy a privileged place in society and I have never forgotten the reason why I went into law – because my parents, as immigrants to Canada, were constantly being taken advantage of or denied their rights by unscrupulous individuals or those acting for corporations or governmental authorities.  In particular, even though the latter are supposed to help people like my parents – or so we are told in Canada – my experience with them has often been quite the opposite.

I am not a litigator and my practice is focused on niche areas within the broader area of corporate-commercial law but, that doesn't mean that I may not be able to help you.  I consider myself an expert in effective complaining and I sometimes use the Ontario Small Claims Court (if appropriate) to try to get a quick remedy or force a negotiated resolution to a dispute. 

Way back in law school, I worked at a community legal clinic and it was a period in my career where I felt that I was giving back directly to people in need; my goal is to do a little giving back in every year of my practice.

If you have been searching on the Internet because you need some type of legal help that you cannot afford and have found this page, then, please Contact Me to determine if I can help you.  Even if I can't help you directly, then, chances are I know someone who might – and it is always easier to get help from someone through a "warm reference". 

George J. Atis
Lawyer - Counsellor - Advocate