Skip to content

Glenn Smith listen


Glenn* has acted in some of the most significant insurance law cases in Canada, and his reputation alone is often enough to cause the other side to give up. As one of the premier insurance lawyers in Canada, Glenn covers§ complex insurance litigation, as well as reinsurance arbitration. Glenn also has a keen interest in technology and electronics, keeping a handle on pretty much everything to do with the law of technology and the technology of law. He doesn't just love the latest gadgets; he is an expert in e-discovery, having argued the first case before the Court of Appeal to be presented using electronic data and evidence. .


  • Practice Areas:
  • Bar Admissions:
    • Ontario (1976)
  • Education:
    • Dalhousie University (1974) JD
    • Dalhousie University (1971) BSc


Glenn Smith

is counsel and one of the five founding partners at Lenczner Slaght.

Glenn has a diverse litigation practice focused on complex insurance litigation and reinsurance arbitration. 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.

He is also a certified mediator and has acted in policy holders and insurers coverage disputes. 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. In 2019, and in support of his years of practice in the industry, Glenn was recognized with the OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law.

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 the Canadian editor of American Re's Environmental Coverage Case Law Review, which is published annually. 

Show more
  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society - Founding Member

  • Canadian Defence Lawyers Association

  • The Advocates' Society

Show more
Show more
  • OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law (2019)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2022)

    Class Action Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Product Liability

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2012-2021)

    Litigation - Commercial Insurance, Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Product Liability (2012-2017)

  • Chambers Canada (2018-2022)

    Insurance: Dispute Resolution (Nationwide – Canada)

  • Chambers Global (2012-2014)

    Dispute Resolution: Ontario: Canada

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2013-2019)

    Dispute Resolution, Corporate Commercial Litigation

  • Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers (2013-2020)

  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2016)

    Corporate Commercial Litigation

  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rating

  • Practical Law Company (2011)

    Canada - Insurance: contentious

Show more
Back to top