David G. Coles, Q.C.

(902) 460-3422(902) 463-7500dcoles@boyneclarke.ca
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Francine Cusack-MacKenzie
"My practice is litigation and I handle trial and appellant work throughout the Atlantic Provinces. I have also been involved in a number of Supreme Court of Canada cases. I handle contract litigation of all kinds including business, property, securities, employment and estates. As well, I carry on a media law practice that involves all manner of defamation claims."

About David

David is a Partner and the Team Leader of the Business Litigation team. His practice areas include Defamation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Estate Litigation and Media Law.

David represents a number of institutional clients including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CTV, Community Newspapers Association, Royal Bank of Canada, The Coast and Grant Thornton. He has appeared on appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada on four separate occasions and participated in over 250 reported cases. David appears regularly in the Supreme Courts and Courts of Appeal of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

David received his Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2005. In November 2011, David was named as the Representative for Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Regional Committee for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and in 2019, he was appointed Atlantic Canada Chair. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2012, 2016 and 2018 Halifax Defamation and Media Law “Lawyer of the Year” and has been included in the Best Lawyers in Canada every year since 2006. In 2014 and again in 2016, David was a finalist in the Benchmark Canada awards for “Litigator of the Year” in the Atlantic Provinces. David continues to appear in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross Border Litigation Lawyers. He was appointed on June 5, 2019 to the Nova Scotia College of Nursing Registration and Licensing Review Committee and to its Professional Conduct Committee.

Recently, through a series of Court hearings, David obtained the release of the search warrant information in respect to the Oland homicide investigation in New Brunswick, and as well obtained release of the video and other exhibits in the sentencing hearing of Mr. Bourque who killed three RCMP officers in New Brunswick.

Areas of Practice

David 's Background

  • 1984: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1981: Bachelor of Arts, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1991 - Present: Litigation Partner (Commercial Law/Media Law), BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1985 - 1991: Articling Clerk/ Associate, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1975 - 1985: Correctional Services - Department of Attorney General (Summer Employment/Part-time/Full-time); Research Officer/Probation Officer, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Professional Memberships
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Atlantic Canada Chair - Atlantic Regional Committee for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
  • Past Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Media Relations Committee
Community Activities
  • Lecturer/pro bono counsel - King's College School of Journalism
  • Past President - Dartmouth Players Community Theatre Company
  • Lecturer – Nova Scotia Community College
  • Member - Ad IDEM (Canadian Media Lawyers Association)