Douglas G. Dawson

519-672-2108 ext. 223

Law Clerk

Ann-Marie Poisson
519-672-2108 ext. 239

Douglas Dawson is counsel to the firm McCall Dawson LLP.  Doug earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Université de Besançon, Diplôme d’études Universitaires Générales (BA equivalent) in 1975; University of Western Ontario Honours French in 1976.  He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa (cum laude) in 1981.  Doug has been representing insurers since he was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Doug has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation practice, including administrative tribunal hearings, and has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario including the Court of Appeal.


Selected Decisions

  • Connolly v. St. Catharines Transit Commission, [2012] O.J. No. 2023 (S.C.J.) – Plaintiff’s action for assault on bus by unknown assailant dismissed by a jury.  Costs awarded to the defendant.

  • Hutchings v. Nevin et al, [1992] O.J. No. 1735 (Gen. Div.) – Plaintiff’s claim for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident. The defendant was operating a motor vehicle with the consent of the plaintiff. Defendant denied that he was negligent as he was suffering from an illness of the mind that rendered him incapable of appreciating the duty of care he owed the plaintiff.  Held - the defendant was not liable in negligence to the plaintiff. Action dismissed.

  • Schon v. Hodgins, [1988] O.J. No. 743 (District Ct.) – Plaintiff’s claim for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident.  Defendant driver’s degree of fault or negligence limited to 25%.

  • Decision No.675/88 (1988), O.W.C.A.T.D. No.1209 – Defendants in a civil case applied to determine whether the plaintiff’s right of action was taken away. Plaintiff was a driver and owner of a truck which was involved in an action. Plaintiff was an employee of the defendant. The plaintiff brought an action against the defendant and against the company repairing the truck for personal injury and for economic loss from failure to repair the truck in a timely fashion.  The right of action for damages resulting from the delay in repair of the truck was not taken away. The right of action regarding personal injury was taken away.

  • Decision No.2258/08 (2010), O.W.S.I.A.T.D. No.718 – The defendant in a civil case, Terrace Bay Enterprises, applied to determine whether the plaintiff’s right of action was taken away.  The defendant Enterprise Rent-A-Car Limited was an interested party.  It was determined that Enterprise Rent-A-Car Limited was entitled to a declaration pursuant to Subsection 29(4) of the Act that no damages, contribution or indemnity for the portion of loss or damage determined by the Court under Subsection 29(3) to be caused by the fault or negligence of Terrace Bay Enterprises is recoverable in the action filed in Court File No.S3690/05.