Dennis A. Smith, LL.B.

Phone: (204) 885-4520 :Ext. 208

Fax: (204) 837-9846

Email: dsmith@hookandsmith.com

Dennis studied business administration and law at the University of Manitoba, graduating with his LL.B. in 1983. After completing his articles at Monk Goodwin he was called to the bar in 1984, and co-founded Hook & Smith. The firm has been located in the St. James area of Winnipeg for over 30 years.

As the owner of a busy firm, Dennis is also a businessman, and has practical insight into the challenges of his business clients. He practices mainly in the areas of corporate and commercial law, wills, estates and trust law, and commercial and residential real estate law. He lectures on the basic principles of contract and agency law for the New Home Sales Agent Course presented by the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.

Dennis served as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve early in his career, and continues to participate as seminar lecturer on wills and estates as part of the Second Career Assistance Network for the Department of National Defense. He is a member of the Manitoba Bar and Canadian Bar Associations.

Winston F. Smith, K.C.

Phone: (204) 885-4520 :Ext. 209

Fax: (204) 837-9846

Email: wsmith@hookandsmith.com

Winston graduated from the Manitoba Law School at the University of Manitoba, and was called to the bar in 1967. He contributes experience and expertise arising from a career spanning nearly five decades.

As associate and partner of the former firm of Tallin and Company from 1967 to 1977, and as associate, partner, and managing partner, at Monk, Goodwin and Company from 1977 to 1983, he practiced in both civil and criminal law. He was appointed Regional Counsel for Canadian Pacific Limited in 1983 where he managed the operations of both the law and claims departments, located in Winnipeg. In 1995 he joined the Transportation Department of Aikins law firm as a senior associate.

Winston moved to Hook & Smith in 2001. He currently practices in the areas of corporate, commercial, and residential real estate law, wills, estates, and trusts, as well as employment and transportation law. He is a member of both the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Law Societies, a member of both the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations, and in 1996, was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Manitoba). He is also a Lecturer with the Transport Institute of the University of Manitoba.

Geoffrey B. Toews, M.A.,

Phone: (204) 885-4520 :Ext. 211

Fax: (204) 837-9846

Email: gtoews@hookandsmith.com

Geoffrey graduated with his M.A. in Canadian History from the University of Manitoba. After briefly considering a career in academia, he found himself in Asia, teaching English as a Second Language in Japan and South Korea.

Seeking a more challenging career, Geoffrey returned to school and obtained his Juris Doctor from Bond University in Queensland, Australia in 2011. He was approved for accreditation to practice law in Canada without the need for further study or examination and received his call to the bar in 2013.

Geoffrey practices mainly in the areas of wills, powers of attorney, estate administration, corporate & commercial law, particularly commercial real estate, corporate reorganization, governance, and other business matters, and in the area residential real estate law (including drafting and reviewing condominium declarations, by-laws, and other documents to ensure they adhere to The Condominium Act.) He is a member of both the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations.


Thomas W. Turner, B.A., LL.B

Phone: (204) 885-4520 :Ext. 210

Fax: (204) 837-9846

Email: tturner@hookandsmith.com

Tom studied economics and sociology at the University of Manitoba, graduating with an Arts Degree and then studied law at the University of Manitoba, graduating with his LL.B in 1985. He completed his articles at Pitblado & Hoskin and was called to the bar in 1986, where he practiced as an associate until 1993, and as a partner until 1998 then becoming a partner with the Pitblado Law Firm until January, 2022.

Throughout his career, Tom has practiced in the area of corporate and commercial law, as well as Wills, estates and trust law, commercial and residential real estate and has considerable experience and understanding of construction and infrastructure law, both from a commercial and litigation perspective. Tom has appeared in all levels of court of Manitoba over the course of his practice, particularly with respect to matters involving The Builders’ Liens Act (Manitoba) on behalf of owners, developers, security holders, general contractors, and subtrades.

During the course of his career, Tom has been in involved in various committees, including a ten-year term on the executive committee of Pitblado Law. Tom also served on the advisory board of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission on its most recent review of The Builders’ Liens Act (Manitoba) and served as the chair of the Construction subsection of the Manitoba Bar Association on two occasions.

Tom has previously presented regularly on topics for internal and external educational seminars, as well as presenting on behalf of the Law Society of Manitoba, regarding the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Stewart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. v. Structal Heavy Steel, a division of Canam Group Inc. and written for publications such as Manitoba Heavy Construction Association on the topic of Pay When Paid Clauses in construction contracts.

Tom also served on the Variety Club of Manitoba Board of Directors for a ten-year period and has previously been active in golf, hockey, a long time Blue Bomber season ticket holder and coaching at the Bantam football level and a long time blood donor.

He is a member of the Manitoba Bar and Canadian Bar Associations.