Graham Smith is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans. Graham also heads the firm’s Research Department.
Graham’s practice focuses on corporate/commercial and insolvency-related litigation, including insurance and reinsurance disputes, cross-border issues, surety bond issues, contractual disputes, partnership claims, large transfer pricing disputes and corporate oppression actions. He also has significant experience in prosecuting and defending defamation claims, providing pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, litigation of employee and fiduciary obligation claims, real estate and landlord and tenant disputes, energy regulatory hearings and pension board hearings.
Graham is a seasoned litigator, and has appeared before a range of courts and tribunals in Canada and the United States. Graham is frequently counsel on matters before the Commercial List in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which specializes in complex commercial and insolvency cases. He has extensive domestic and cross-border experience as advisory counsel and litigation counsel to liquidators of Canadian branches of U.S. insurers and liquidators of Canadian insurance companies with U.S. and U.K. branches. Graham has worked frequently with U.S. and U.K. counsel, rehabilitation officers and liquidators in an array of cross-border matters. Graham is also a skilled researcher and is often consulted on cutting edge areas of the law.
Graham’s representative work includes acting for:
Graham has been consulted by industry associations and government departments on legislative improvements to restructuring provisions for financial institutions.
He is the author of the Canadian chapter on cross-border insurance insolvency for the ABA Handbook - a leading resource for practitioners in the field of insurance company insolvency, co-author of the Winding-up and Restructuring Act module for Lexis Practice Advisor Canada, former co-author of Insurance Companies Act - Legislation and Commentary, and author of commentary on recognition of foreign solvent schemes of arrangements published by the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals.