Executive Summary

David Scott is Co-Chairperson of BLG and counsel in the Ottawa office. David is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He acts as general counsel in matters involving intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, professional negligence, personal injury, criminal litigation and administrative law, and presides as a commercial arbitrator.

In 1988, David occupied the Milvain Chair in Advocacy at the University of Calgary Law School and in 2010 was the first Silas Hylak Chair in Advocacy at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. In 1984, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was its first Canadian President in 2003-04. In 1996, he was appointed by the Minister of Justice as the Chair of the Triennial Review Commission established under the Judges Act of Canada. In 2001, he received Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the LSUC and the University of Ottawa. In 1999, he was awarded The Advocates' Society Medal and in 2003 the Carleton Medal from the County of Carleton Law Association. In 2005, he received the Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Pro Bono from Lexpert  and in 2011, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2012, he was awarded the Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Leadership. In 2014, he was named Alumnus of the Year by the University of Ottawa for leading the fundraising efforts to build the Ian G. Scott Courtroom, which opened at the Faculty of Law in October 2013.

 

Publications & Presentations

  • Author of numerous articles on a variety of legal topics, including:
  • William Howard Memorial Lecture on “Access to Justice: Global Warming in the Legal Profession," 2012.
  • “Access to Justice & Pro Bono Services,” University of Ottawa Pro Bono Students Canada, 2011.
  • “Professionalism & Access to Justice,”The Advocates’ Society Symposium on Professionalism, 2009.
  • “Advocates: Canada versus United States:  Are We Innovators or Imitators?”County of Carleton Law Association Civil Litigation Updated, 2004.
  • “Innocence is not Necessarily Bliss,”The Advocates’ Society Fall Convention, 2002,  (with Mandy Moore).
  • “Relationships between Trial Lawyers: A Code of Civility,”American College of Trial Lawyers Joint Meeting, Ontario & Upstate New York Fellows, 1998.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a "Litigation Star in Ontario" and a "Litigation Star in Canada" in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Canada– The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Lawyers (General Commercial, Intellectual Property).
  • Recognized in the 2014 edition of Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2013 Lexpert® Special Edition on Litigation Lawyers.
  • Recognized as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500 Canada.
  • Recognized as the 2013 Ottawa Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Administrative and Public Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Defamation and Media Law, Director and Officer Liability, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Arbitration, Legal Malpractice Law, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Law, Securities Law).
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Ontario).
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Commercial Arbitration, Litigation – Commercial Insurance, Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Litigation – Defamation & Media, Litigation – Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation – Product Liability, Litigation – Public Law, Litigation – Securities, Personal Injury, Professional Liability).
  • Recognized in the 2011 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in 2012 with the Lexpert® Zenith Award, honouring lawyers who have been change-agents for 40 or more years, for their clients, firms, companies, department, faculties, profession, colleagues and/or communities, and in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his pro bono contributions from Lexpert®'s Zenith Awards.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of Who's Who Legal Canada (Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian cross-border litigator in the 2013 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigators.