Crawford Smith

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Crawford is a smart and courageous courtroom advocate recognized as a "litigation star" and a "leading litigation lawyer" by Chambers, Benchmark and Lexpert. For twenty years, he has built effective relationships with clients, judges and opposing counsel in order to achieve results in a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes. Clients appreciate his ability to take strong positions and market commentators say, "He stands out as an excellent litigator of extremely good reputation."

Crawford’s litigation practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, energy regulatory proceedings and securities and competition litigation, as well as public and administrative law. Crawford has substantial class action expertise. He has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Ontario, in the Supreme Court of Canada, in the Federal Court, in commercial arbitrations, and before a variety of administrative tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Competition Tribunal and the Environmental Review Tribunal.

Crawford’s energy practice involves economic issues in multi-party litigation and frequent appearances as counsel before the Energy Board at hearings regarding rate regulation, infrastructure development and demandside management. Crawford’s securities broker/dealer practice includes acting as counsel for investment dealers, mutual fund dealers, registered representatives and other securities industry participants. He also handles regulatory proceedings and investigations by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Ontario Securities Commission.

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  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1999
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1997
  • B.Comm. (with Honours), Queen’s University, 1994
  • Canadian Lexpert® Directory 2019: Energy (Electricity), Energy (Oil & Gas), Litigation - Corporate Commercial
  • Benchmark Litigation, Top 50 Trial Lawyer in Canada, 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation Star: Class Action, Commercial Litigation, Securities, 2018 and 2019
  • Chambers & Partners' Chambers Canada - Leading lawyer in Energy: Power (Regulatory); Litigation, Ontario 2016-2019; Energy: Provincial Regulatory, Ontario 2018-2019
  • Best Lawyers in Canada - Leading lawyer in Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2019 and Energy Regulatory Law, 2006-2019
  • Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Leading lawyer in Energy (Electricity), Litigation-Securities, 2012-2018; Energy (Oil & Gas), 2013-2018; and Litigation (Directors' & Officers' Liability), 2014-2018
  • Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client's Guide - Leading lawyer in Ontario in Dispute Resolution, 2015, Power (Regulatory), 2017
  • Benchmark Canada - Future Star, 2014; Leading litigator in Commercial, 2012-2013; Arbitration, Intellectual Property, 2013; Class Actions, Professional Liability and Securities, 2012
  • Lexpert/Thomson Carswell's Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada - Canadian Litigator to Watch, 2012