Douglas O. Smith  


Executive Summary

Doug Smith is a partner practising in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Doug practises in the areas of both civil and commercial litigation. His civil litigation includes governmental and police liability, banking insurance litigation, products liability, administrative and regulatory law, and health law. His commercial litigation practice covers contract disputes, commercial insolvency, priority disputes, general bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and other corporate disputes.

Doug has acted as counsel at over 25 trials before the Superior Court of Justice (with and without a jury) and the Federal Court of Canada. Doug has also acted as counsel on numerous judicial review applications, arbitrations and a number of applications on the Commercial List. As well, Doug has extensive experience appearing before appellate courts including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Divisional Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. His experience also includes acting as counsel in several mediations, and appearing before a number of Ontario tribunals.

Representative Work

  • Acted as counsel on numerous trials in Superior and Federal Court on issues including product liability, police liability, Crown liability, municipal liability and medical negligence.
  • Acted as counsel on Coroner's inquests, judicial reviews, arbitrations and habeas corpus applications.
  • Acted as counsel on numerous matters on the Superior Court – Commercial List, including applications to appoint a receiver, injunction applications, motions to approve a receiver-sale of assets and priority disputes.
  • Acted as counsel on several applications and motions in the Ontario Superior Court and the Federal Court.
  • Acted as counsel on numerous leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in 2020 edition (and since 2011) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Personal Injury).