David Claassen

David Claassen  


Executive Summary

David is an associate in our Insurance and Tort Liability Group in our Vancouver office. David focuses his practice on general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on civil fraud, banking litigation, maritime law, and construction litigation. He has appeared as lead counsel in trials before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Provincial Court.

Prior to his call to the bar in 2011, David served as a law clerk to six justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2009 and 2010.

Representative Work

  • Acted as lead counsel for a financial institution and was successful in obtaining personal judgment of over $500,000 in fraudulent misrepresentation against corporate officers in fraudulent lending transaction in WS Leasing Ltd. v. Platinum Equipment Ltd., 2012 BCSC 558.
  • Acted as lead counsel for a general contractor and was successful in defending a breach-of-contract claim brought by a sub-contractor in Clemas Contracting Ltd. v. Envoy Construction Services Ltd., 2012 BCSC 890.
  • Acted as junior counsel for a post-secondary institution and was successful in obtaining a Mareva injunction against an employee on the basis of alleged fraud against the employer in University of British Columbia v. Moscipan, 2012 BCSC 292.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Avoiding Corporate Fraud and Imposing Personal Liability," BLG Corporate Security Roundtable, June 2012.
  • Author, "Bankruptcy Proceedings May Trump Maritime Liens," Western Mariner, March 2012 (with Graham Walker).