David Scott OC, QC

Senior Counsel

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 in the 2019 edition (and since 2014) of The Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).
  • Recognized in the 2018, 2017, 2015, and 2013 editions of the Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition - Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: General Commercial and Intellectual Property."
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2014) editions of Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized as the 2017 Ottawa Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, the 2016 Ottawa Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year and the 2013 Ottawa Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 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 2017 (and since 2013) editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Commercial Arbitration, Litigation – Commercial Insurance, Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Litigation – Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation – Public Law, Litigation – Securities, Professional Liability).  Also recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions (Litigation – Product Liability) and the 2014 and 2013 editions (Litigation – Defamation & Media, Personal Injury).
  • 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 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of Who's Who Legal Canada (Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of the Lexpert® US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Guide (International Commercial Arbitration; Litigation - Corporate Commercial).