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David Di Paolo



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David represents registrants and public companies and their respective officers, directors and shareholders in class action proceedings and prosecutions, including regulatory prosecutions. 

He represents clients in investigations and enforcement actions before listed stock exchanges regarding insider trading, market manipulation, securities distributions, financial disclosure, investment suitability and director conduct.

David's areas of focus include:

  • class actions and shareholders' rights litigation, including securities class actions, overtime class actions, investor loss class actions, oppression proceedings and derivative actions
  • securities litigation and regulation, including broker liability and departing broker litigation, proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission, self-regulatory organization disciplinary proceedings and charges under the Securities Act
  • directors' and officers' liability, including shareholders' actions, creditors' actions, and offences under the Securities Act and other regulatory statutes
  • general commercial and employment litigation

He has appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada as well as provincial securities commissions, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA). 

He has also appeared before the disciplinary and appeal boards of self-regulatory organizations such as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA).

At BLG, David is the National Group Head for Commercial Litigation.


  • Represents Handa Student Travel in a wages class action.
  • Wrzesnewskyj v. A. G. – represented Elections Canada in a contested election application in Etobicoke Centre both at the application and before the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Carrie Eklund v. Goodlife Fitness Centres Inc. – acting for Goodlife, the largest fitness chain in Canada, in an unpaid wages and overtime Class Action claim related to its club locations in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: Securities- Ontario).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation – Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation – Securities).
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the Lexpert® Special Edition on Litigation.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of the Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Litigation Star (Class Actions, Commercial, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Securities and Professional Liability).
  • Recognized in the 2021 and previous editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation, Corporate Commercial Litigation, Securities Law).

Bar Admissions & Education

  • Ontario, 1998
  • LLB, Université de Western Ontario, 1996
  • BSc, (Hons., summa cum laude ) in Biology and Psychology, McMaster University, 1993