D. Keith Smockum


Keith is a founding partner of Smockum Zarnett LLP.  He is an expert trial and appellate lawyer and a frequent advocate at all levels of court.  Over the last three decades, he has tried Jury and Non-Jury cases throughout Ontario in the areas of motor vehicle, medical malpractice, property loss, construction and coverage matters.  He is Lexpert ranked for both personal injury and commercial insurance , and is a frequent speaker on trial tactics and insurance law.  Keith is married with three children and lives in Toronto.

Areas of Practice

  • Occupier’s Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Punitive Damages/Bad Faith
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (tort)
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Commercial Insurance
  • General Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Fire & Casualty
  • Professional Negligence
  • Directors and Officers Liability


  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ontario, 1986
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts York University, 1981
  • Keith is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, American Association for Justice (formerly, the American Trial Lawyers Association), Defense Research Institute, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Medico-Legal Society, and a Trustee with the Toronto Lawyers’ Association.


  • Lexpert Legal Directory, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: One of the most “repeatedly recommended” personal injury litigators, commercial litigators, and insurance litigators in Ontario
  • Best Lawyers Canada, 2016, 2017 2018: recognized by his peers as one of the top practitioners in personal injury litigation.