David A. Steele

David A. Steele

Toronto: 416.865.8150
Fax 416.865.7380


LLM, 1991
Cornell University
LLB, 1990
Osgoode Hall Law School
BA (Honours), 1987
McGill University

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1993 New York, 1993


David Steele's practice focuses on the areas of domestic and international family trusts, estate planning and administration, charities and business trusts. David regularly advises domestic and international financial institutions and others acting as trustees and custodians.


Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in trusts and estates law (2006-2018)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in Canada, private client (2016-2017)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in private client (2014-2015)

Corporate LiveWire's Lawyer of the Year—Lawyer of the year in wills, trusts and estates (Canada) (2014)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in estate & personal tax planning (2008-2018) and charities/not-for-profit law (2011, 2013-2018)

Legal Media Group's Expert Guides: The World's Finest Lawyers—Best of the best in trusts and estates (Canada) (2014)

Citywealth—Leading lawyer in North America in private wealth advisory (2009-2014)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Private Client—Leading Canadian lawyer in private client, domestic and international trusts, estate planning and administration (2008-2014)

Professional Involvement

David was a lecturer in the law of trusts at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University from 1991 to 1998 and 2000 to 2005. David 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.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (Academician)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section, Ontario Bar Association (former member)