Crawford Smith’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 demand-side 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.
Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory law (2006-2017)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, energy: power (regulatory); Ontario, dispute resolution (2016-2017)
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)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in energy (electricity), litigation – securities (2012-2014); energy (oil & gas) (2013-2014); and litigation – directors’ & officers’ liability (2014)
Legal Media Group's Benchmark Canada—Future Star – Ontario (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)
Real Time News' LawDay—Leading lawyer in energy regulatory law (2009)