Crawford G. Smith

Crawford G. Smith

Toronto: 416.865.8209
Fax 416.865.7380


LLB, 1997
University of British Columbia
BComm (Honours), 1994
Queen's University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999


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 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.

Representative Work

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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)

The Legal 500 Canada—Next generation lawyer in dispute resolution (2019)

Benchmark Litigation's Litigation Star (2018)

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)

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)


Electronic Trials

A Year in Review: Top Ten Canadian Law Cases of 2010

Association of Corporate Counsel


Memberships and Affiliations

Crawford is a member of The Advocates' Society