David is a Partner and practices law exclusively in the area of personal injury, with a particular interest in helping people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and disability claims.
He has experience in alternative dispute resolution and has successfully argued cases at complex mediations and judicial settlement conferences. David also has experience in trial advocacy and has appeared before the Small Claims Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and various tribunals and boards.
Raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, David grew up watching his father welcome clients to their family home where he practiced law. Dave learned the dedication it takes to being a great lawyer -- a mix of hard work, unwavering integrity and sincere client relationships.
Dave earned his law degree from Dalhousie University and was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 2008. He had the privilege to work full time at the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia as part of BOYNECLARKE LLP’s summer student program. This experience allowed him to see first-hand the impact an injury plays, personally, in someone’s life, and was where his passion for practicing personal injury law began.
Dave is also a proud alumnus of Acadia University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and was awarded the honour of speaking on behalf of the graduating class as the Cap and Gown student.
David currently sits as BOYNECLARKE LLP’s Chair of the Articling Committee, where he annually leads the firm through the hiring process. He is also an active member of the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia’s Barristers’ Society. In 2013, he completed the Intensive Trial Advocacy course at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
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If you have been involved in an accident and are seeking compensation for your injuries, it is important that you know your options before you take action. Personal injury and accident lawyers often work on something called contingency. In other words, your lawyer will not be paid until you are.Read full article
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Both cyclists and drivers have certain duties that are imposed upon them by law which dictate how they are expected to behave on the road. In Nova Scotia, the law requires that when riding at night on a bicycle, at minimum you must use a white front light and red rear reflector or light.Read full article
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If you sustain a concussion in a motor vehicle collision, is the injury considered to be “minor” and capped to $7,500 for pain and suffering? Whether a concussion is a sprain, strain or whiplash-associated disorder (WAD) has not been addressed by our courts.Read full article
Although some of us would rather curl up somewhere warm and sleep through the cold Nova Scotia winter, the reality is that we will all find ourselves braving the elements more often than we might like. This time of year it is especially important to use caution as a pedestrian.Read full article
If this winter is going to be anything like the last it is important to get your vehicle ready. The weather can change quickly and we need to prepare for the unpredictable driving conditions. When we think of safety on the road, we think of air bags, maintaining focus, and the safety ratings of ourRead full article
Little is more exciting to kids than dressing up in wacky costumes and being set free in neighbourhoods to collect free candy. Halloween should be a fun time that is free of easily preventable accidents and injuries. A few simple considerations when planning costumes, decorating around your house,Read full article
The last thing any driver wants to think about is getting into a car accident. However, in 2013 there were over 122,000 collisions in Canada . These accidents can range from fender benders to serious collisions. It is important to know what steps you can take to protect yourself if you ever were toRead full article
New backpacks, lunchbags and binders along with the change in Nova Scotia weather are all signs that it is time for children to go back-to-school. While it is an exciting time of year it is also important to go over some safety tips with your children for travelling to and from school. Whether theyRead full article
If you are involved in a personal injury matter, whether it is a motor vehicle collision or a slip and fall, the time frame to commence an action is limited. As of September 1, 2015, new amendments to the Limitation of Actions Act (the “Act”) will come into effect. These new amendments to the ActRead full article
With the winter finally behind us and HRM bike week running from June 5th-14th, it is a good time for you and your kids to get out on your bikes. It is also a good time to talk to your children about the importance of proper helmet safety. According to the IWK’s Child Safety Link, cycling is theRead full article