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Retired Partners

Diana Piccoli

Diana Piccoli has been appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, a member of the Family Court Branch and a Judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. 

Diana Piccoli has practised law with SV Law since 1997 and has been a partner since 2001. She has significant experience in family law  and residential real estate, as well as the preparation of wills and powers of attorney.  

Diana received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo in 1990 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa in 1993. She was called to the bar on February 16, 1995.

As a native of Guelph, she and her family continue to reside in and enjoy the city. Diana is actively involved with the Guelph community, particularly as past Chair of the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital, past Chair of Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and the fundraising committee for the Children First Campaign of Family & Children's Services of Guelph & Wellington County.

Diana retired on May 3, 2019.


John Valeriote

John Valeriote had practised law for 43 years at SV Law. His areas of practice included planning & municipal law, corporate commercial law, real estate law and wills & estates.

John holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He was called to the bar in 1968.

Being involved in the community is important to John. He was a Board Member and Vice Chair of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Trustee of the Rotary Foundation of Guelph, and Chair of the Guelph Museum’s Fundraising Campaign. Previously he had been Board Member Homewood Corporation, President of Rotary Club of Guelph, Chair of St Josephs Home, Board Member Guelph Foundation, Chair Save the Carousel Campaign, Chair Guelph Fountain Campaign. 

John has a great interest in the history and character of Guelph. He also enjoys woodworking, vehicle restoration, gardening and all things mechanical. He is an avid reader of historical, biographical and architectural literature. He and his wife, Sherron of 47 years have three children, Noelle, John- David and Timothy, as well as six grandchildren.

John retired on December 31, 2018.


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.


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.