Doug is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Civil Litigation.
He has been included in Best Lawyers in Canada® every year since 2018 and was selected by his peers as Lawyer of the Year in 2022.
Amateur athlete, social media novice, husband and father of four children, Doug is the managing partner of Wallace Smith LLP.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario he moved to London in 1986 to attend the University of Western Ontario where he obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in history before attending law school. While attending school, Doug worked for Apple Canada and he maintains an avid interest in the adoption and use of new technologies.
After graduation in 1994, Doug practiced civil litigation at a large firm where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants. In 2008, he founded Wallace Smith LLP as a civil litigation boutique where he focuses on personal injury, professional liability, and insurance law. Doug is experienced trial and appellate counsel and has handled cases in the Ontario Superior Court, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.
He is also consulted regularly on complex coverage issues. Some notable cases include the Algo Mall collapse in Elliot Lake, the Sunrise Propane explosion in Toronto, and the tragic death of eleven migrant workers outside of Stratford.
Doug advocates for professionalism and civility in all aspects of practice. He writes and presents papers in his area of expertise and speaks frequently at legal education and industry conferences.
In his spare time, Doug plays hockey poorly and has an even less impressive golf and tennis game. He coached basketball and soccer for many years and supports the Oakridge and Norwest Optimist Clubs. He is a strong advocate for education and research into brain injury and is an active supporter of several community causes.
Law Clerk: Teri Ann Thistle
Phone: 519.645.1999 ext. 330