"Ms. Crabtree is known as an effective barrister ... I cannot say enough on the degree of skill and competence of both plaintiffs' counsel at trial."
Lurtz v. Duchesne, Mr. Justice Paul F. Lalonde.

Donna M. Crabtree

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Medical Malpractice
Insurance Law
Personal Injury

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Debbie Degen
613-236-0111, ext. 3027

Donna joined Soloway Wright in 1986 as a civil litigation lawyer in Ottawa with an emphasis on Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Insurance Litigation.

Year of Call to Bar



  • LLB, University of Ottawa (1984)
  • M.A., McGill University, Canada Council Scholarship
  • B.A. (Hons.), McGill University, Shakespeare Gold Medal


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Community Activities & Memberships

Donna is a member of the Advocates Society, the Medical Legal Society of Ottawa Carleton and the County of Carleton Law Association.  She has been a director of Meals on Wheels Ottawa for a number of years and is completing a two-year term as the President of the Board of Directors.

Conferences, Publications, Presentations, & Seminars

Donna has presented for continuing education programs of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates Society, the County of Carleton Law Association, including at the Chateau Montebello and Mont Tremblant Conferences and the Canadian Institute.

Cases & Transactions

  • Bingley v. 503373 Ontario Limited (Morrison Fuels) (2008):  counsel for plaintiff, successful claim for environmental damage arising from fuel oil contamination.
  • Traversy v. Smith (2007):  counsel for plaintiff, successfully defended motion and appeal of order dismissing OPP’s motion for dismissal of claim against OPP.
  • 1085459 Ontario Ltd. v. Prince Edward County (Municipality) (2005):  successfully defended municipality against plaintiff’s claim that municipal contract was a bonus contrary to Municipal Act.
  • Oz Optics v. Sanftenberg (2005):  defence counsel, successful on appeal by plaintiff of order for payment of security for costs by plaintiff.  Court upheld finding of two previous courts that plaintiff’s redeemable shares were a liability.
  • Hartwick v. Simser (2004):  defence counsel, successful “crumbling skull” argument reduced damages awarded to plaintiffs.
  • Lurtz v. Duchesne (2003):  plaintiff’s co-counsel, successful claim for damages for medical negligence arising from late diagnosis of plaintiff’s acromegaly.
  • Ongoing success in settling many claims before trial.