David’s practice focuses on domestic and international family trusts, estate planning and administration, charities and business trusts. He regularly advises domestic and international financial institutions and others acting as trustees and custodians.
David is a great person to work with, well respected and very smart about trust and estate matters. He handles clients well and he is always very practical, very knowledgeable and can express risks and communicate meaningfully with clients. He is good at problem solving, I go to him for complex cases.
—Chambers’ High Net Worth, 2020
Recognition and Awards
Chambers & Partners’ High Net Worth Guide—Leading lawyer in Private Wealth Law in Canada
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in trusts and estates
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in estate and personal tax planning and charities/not-for-profit law
Who’s Who Legal— Thought Leader in private client, Global and National leading lawyer in private client
Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in private client
Which Lawyer? Private Client—Leading Canadian lawyer in private client, domestic and international trusts, and estate planning and administration
Corporate LiveWire’s Lawyer of the Year—Lawyer of the year in wills, trusts and estates (Canada)
Expert Guides—Best of the best in trusts and estates (Canada)
Citywealth—Leading lawyer in North America in private wealth advisory
David was a lecturer in the law of trusts at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University from 1991 to 1998 and from 2000 to 2005. He is the director of a master of laws program in the law of trusts at Osgoode Hall Law School, in which he has taught courses on the commercial uses of trusts.
David is an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section for the Ontario Bar Association.