Lawyer Profile Detail
Timothy D. Chapman-Smith
AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Western Ontario
Timothy D. Chapman-Smith is an associate in our Toronto Litigation Group. He has a broad civil and commercial litigation practice with a specific focus on professional liability, securities, class actions, and commercial arbitrations.
Mr. Chapman-Smith regularly acts on behalf of financial institutions, corporations, and persons in complex contractual and regulatory proceedings before the courts, the Ontario Securities Commission, and private arbitrators. As well, he represents physicians in civil and administrative proceedings before the Ontario courts and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, he has experience in competition, insolvency, conflict of laws, construction, environmental, and constitutional litigation.
Mr. Chapman-Smith has successfully acted as lead trial counsel for clients charged with offences under the Criminal Code and Customs Act.
Mr. Chapman-Smith’s domestic and international arbitral experience includes representing:
- a major crown corporation in a complex breach of contract case;
- a multi-national mining company in a shareholders’ rights plan dispute;
- a large public company in a shareholder dispute engaging various aspects of securities law; and
- a large private company in a complex data-licensing dispute.
In class actions, Mr. Chapman-Smith has defended allegations of price-fixing, conspiracy, secondary market misrepresentation, product liability, and copyright infringement. Mr. Chapman-Smith was part of the team that represented Microsoft Corporation in the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the certification of a competition class action involving indirect purchasers. He was also part of the team that defeated class certification in Martin v. AstraZeneca, the only pharmaceutical product liability class action in Ontario in which class certification was denied.
Mr. Chapman-Smith is involved in numerous pro bono activities. He is one of 10 volunteer counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission’s Litigation Assistance Program. He also volunteers as Duty Counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario at the Small Claims Court, as a Designated Representative for the Unaccompanied Minors Project, and as a lawyer-supervisor for Pro Bono Students Canada’s LGBTQ Parenting Network Project. In addition, he provides pro bono representation on criminal trials in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Downtown Legal Services legal aid clinic.
In 2012, Mr. Chapman-Smith completed a secondment at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission and successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course.
Mr. Chapman-Smith obtained his Honours B.A. (with Distinction) in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2007 and his J.D. from Western Law in 2011. While at law school, he competed in an array of internal and external moots, including the Arnup Cup Trial Advocacy Moot. In 2010, he completed a term abroad at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands where he studied international and comparative law.
Mr. Chapman-Smith was called to the Ontario bar in 2012. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocates’ Society, where he is a member of the Securities Litigation Practice Group.