P. Donald Rasmussen


Although retired from active practice, P. Donald Rasmussen is one of the founders of the firm and a widely recognized litigation specialist. Don practiced in the areas of commercial and construction litigation, including professional liability defence. As a testament to his vast experience in the construction sector, Don acted as counsel to the Canadian Construction Association.

Don is an original member of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was frequently called upon to lecture at Law Society programs, Insight, and numerous professional association seminars. He attended the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s University for three years prior to entering the Faculty of Law. He graduated in 1965 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1967.

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