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Retired Partners

Ron Sansom

Ronald (Ron) Sansom had extensive experience working with clients on the acquisition, financing and development of land. He also regularly provided advice to clients on the creation of wills and the planning and administration of estates.

Ronald holds a Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University. He was called to the bar in 1970 and had been with SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP for more than 21 years.

Ron is a past President of the Rotary Club of Guelph, Director of the Rotary Club of Guelph, Charitable Foundation, past President and building committee chair of the Elliott Group, past Treasurer of the Belwood Lake Sailing Club, former Director of Big Brothers, former Director and coach for the Guelph Minor Baseball Association, and Director of Guelph Slo-Pitch. In addition to his extensive community involvement, Ronald also enjoys sailing, playing slo-pitch, golfing, cycling and traveling.

Ron retired on June 30, 2016.


David Smith

One of the founding partners of the firm, David Crawford Smith had extensive trial experience at all levels of Courts in Ontario. In addition, he has appeared before many Administrative Tribunals and Boards.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar in 1966.

David is involved with Hospice Wellington, was a member of the Guelph Court Management Committee and the Legal Aid Area Committee for many years.  He was also a frequent lecturer on estate planning, wills and power of attorney. David was a former board member of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Wellington Law Association, past Chair of the Psychiatric Review Board.

David and his wife Marie have four children, and ten grandchildren. When he is not busy with his family, David enjoys traveling, gardening, photography and playing golf.

David retired on December 31, 2017.