David A. Steele

David A. Steele

Toronto: 416.865.8150
Fax 416.865.7380


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

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1993 New York, 1993


David'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.


Chambers & Partners’ High Net Worth Guide—Leading lawyer in Private Wealth Law in Canada (2020)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in trusts and estates (2006-2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in estate & personal tax planning (2008-2021) and charities/not-for-profit law (2011, 2013-2018)

Who’s Who Legal—Leading Canadian lawyer in private client (2014-2020)

Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in private client (2016-2017)

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

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

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)

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

David is an Academician for 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.