GLENN SMITH is one of the five founding partners at Lenczner Slaght.
Glenn has a diverse commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on product liability and complex insurance litigation. He also has expertise in the legal dimensions of technology. He appears regularly before a wide variety of courts and tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada, acting both for and against public and private companies, financial institutions and governments.
Glenn is recognized as a guru in e-discovery in Canada and was on the Ontario Task Force for implementing the Ontario e-Discovery Guidelines. He is currently on the editorial board of Sedona Canada, which drafted the Sedona Canada Principles Addressing Electronic Discovery. He argued the first case before the Court of Appeal to be presented using electronic data and evidence.
Glenn's practice is largely focused in insurance coverage disputes, including the complex litigation around product liability, directors and officers and environmental claims. He has been retained on some of the most significant insurance law cases in Canada, notably the Mississauga train derailment, the E. coli outbreak in Walkerton, Ontario and Alie v. Bertrand et al. He is the Canadian editor of American Re's Environmental Coverage Case Law Review, which is published annually.
Glenn has a long-standing association with University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has lectured at the school since 1981 and was head of the Trial Practice Program from 1988 to 1992. He was also an adjunct professor of civil procedure at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught civil procedure. In addition, he has taught civil procedure for the Law Society of Upper Canada's Bar Admission Course and was formerly section head of the Trial Advocacy Course.
Glenn has frequently lectured and written on directors' and officers' liability, class actions, e-discovery, cross-border litigation and insurance law. He is also a certified mediator.