Doug Lawson2022-03-29T20:19:50+00:00

Doug Lawson,
Of Counsel

For 50 years, Doug Lawson has been practicing business and taxation law within the Windsor- Essex community. Doug has built relationships with highly reputable organizations through both his legal practice and community involvement. He is actively involved in his community as a Senior Member of the Investment Committee for the University of Windsor, which oversees investments exceeding $650 million dollars. He is also a Commissioner of the Windsor Utilities Commission.

Doug came out of retirement and was appointed Counsel to Willis Business Law at its inception. Throughout the years Doug has earned a tremendous amount of recognition and awards. For over 35 years, Doug has held the designation of Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) which was granted to him by HRH Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003 the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario appointed Doug as a Member of the Order of Ontario (O.Ont.), the most prestigious official honour in the Province of Ontario, for his excellence and achievement in the practice of law. In 2008, Doug was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Windsor.

Doug is one of Ontario’s most qualified business lawyers. His integrity, knowledge and wisdom are greatly admired by his peers. Doug is both an invaluable member of our team and role model for the firm’s bright young lawyers and articling students. Doug provides expert advice and mentorship to our business law department.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys travel, gardening, photography, audio books, entertaining and his family of three married children and grandchildren.

  • University of Western Ontario, Business Major
    • Admitted directly into law school after Year 2 due to academic performance
  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B., with distinction
  • Ontario, 1967
  • Selected as one of 7 outstanding Windsor Young Men by Windsor Jaycees
  • Designated Queens Counsel (Q.C.)
  • Awarded by the Governor General of Canada the Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada for Community Service
  • Awarded Law Society of Upper Canada 1997 Bicentennial Award of Merit
  • Selected by an Independent Panel for The Windsor Star as one of the ten most influential people in Windsor
  • Appeared in Canada Who’s Who for the past 30 years
  • Awarded 50th Anniversary Queen’s Jubilee Medal
  • Appointed Member in the Order of Ontario
  • Awarded the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Appointed Member in the Order of Ontario
  • Awarded the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws – University of Windsor
  • Commissioner- Windsor Utilities Commission
  • Senior Member- University of Windsor Investment Committee
  • Past Member & Vice-Chair of the Board of the Arts Council of Ontario
  • Past Chair of the Board of Governors, University of Windsor
  • Past Chair of the Board, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Director, Union Gas Limited
  • Past Co-Chair with the Premier of Ontario, of Ontario Business Advisory Council
  • Past President of both Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair of both the Essex County District Health Council and the Provincial Association of District Health Councils
  • Past Chair of The Windsor-Essex County Development Commission
  • Appointed by the Ontario Government as a Commissioner to the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission 1996 – 2000

Contact Info

1 Riverside Drive West, Suite 503, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 5K3

Phone: 519-945-5470

Fax: 519-945-5479