Donald J. Smith*


Don is a principal of SHK and has more than 26 years of experience.   His litigation and dispute resolution practice is concentrated on construction claims, directors’ and officers’ liability, defence of municipalities, product liability, and defence for property and liability insurers in complex multi-party claims.  Don also routinely acts for construction design professionals.  His construction practice includes negotiation and drafting of various types of construction documents on behalf of owners and general contractors as well as dispute resolution and litigation involving tendering, procurement and builders liens.

Don also acts as insurance coverage counsel.  He is a trusted advisor in the industry, regularly providing opinions on the interpretation of policy wording with practical and clear recommendations.

Professional Activities and Memberships

Don is a member of the Law Society of BC, and a past director of A.T. Artropolis Society.  He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada from 2013 to 2018 as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Insurance Law and Construction Law, and by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star.

Don frequently lectures and provides seminars to industry and legal professionals, including presentations for the Pacific Business & Law Institute and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC.

*denotes Law Corporation


Contact Information

Areas of Practice

Education and Year of Call

  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia 1991
  • J.D., University of Saskatchewan 1990
  • B.A., University of Regina 1986