A commercial litigation lawyer, Hugh has been a legal advocate, adviser and problem-solver for over 30 years.   His counsel practice focuses on product liability litigation (automobiles, machinery and equipment), franchise litigation, shareholder and other corporate disputes, and the defence of class actions.

Hugh has conducted trials and argued applications and appeals in the Superior Courts in Ontario and Saskatchewan, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Securities Commission and before a variety of private arbitration panels.  He is currently lead counsel on a number of products liability and consumer protection legislation class actions.

Hugh has been a speaker on advocacy issues and an instructor in advocacy skills and was formerly the chair of the Education Committee of The Advocates’ Society.  He has been recognized as a leading lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in various litigation categories, including Litigation – Product Liability and Litigation – Corporate Commercial litigation.

Prior to co-founding DMG Advocates in 2018, Hugh was a partner and counsel at a national law firm and a partner at a prominent Toronto litigation boutique.

Bar Admission

  • Ontario (1986)

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Queens University (1981)

  • Board Member: The Advocates’ Society 2006-2009
  • Chair: Education Committee of The Advocates’ Society
  • Vice-Chair: Education Committee of The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Board Member: Tippet Foundation
  • The Advocates’ Society

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
    Recognized as  a leading lawyer (repeatedly recommended in Litigation: Products Liability and corporate and commercial litigation)
  • Recipient of the Osgoode Hall Law School Agro Zaffiro Prize in Trial Advocacy

  • Speaker and workshop leader: Osgoode Hall’s Expert Witness Certification Program
  • Speaker: various advocacy related topics at The Advocates’ Society Fall Convention and in Advocates’ Society programs in trial practice
  • Speaker: Class Action Practice at a programme sponsored by The Association of Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Instructor: Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Programme