Joe Bowcock


Joe Bowcock joined Smockum Zarnett LLP in 2010 and acts as a managing partner.

He maintains a civil litigation practice with a focus on the defence of automobile litigation, personal injury, and occupier’s liability claims. He has acted as lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials, as well as at arbitrations before administrative tribunals. He has been invited to speak at continuing professional education programs.


Areas of Practice

  • Occupier’s Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Automobile Litigation (tort)
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Property
  • Fire Losses


  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ontario, 2011
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, 2010
  • Master of Arts, University of Waterloo, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Western University, 2006
  • Active member of The Advocates’ Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers, and Toronto Lawyers’ Association

Reported Decisions

  • Lakew v. Munro, 2014 ONSC 7316
  • Abousamak v. Izzo, 2015 ONSC 3884
  • Gill v. Certas Direct Insurance Company, FSCO A15-006179
  • Valentine v. Rodriguez-Elizalde, 2016 ONSC 3540
  • Reid v. Smith, 2016 ONSC 5649