David Wallin

Partner - Practice Group Chair - Mediator

David Wallin Law Corporation


Over his nearly 30 years of litigation practice, David has been involved in hundreds of formal Mediations, as both Plaintiff’s counsel and as Defence counsel in a variety of practice areas.  These practice areas include bodily injury; commercial and contract disputes; and employment and disability cases.  In addition to his many years of experience with Mediation, conflict resolution and Alternate Dispute Resolution, David also attended and graduated from the internationally recognised Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California, to receive his formal Mediation / conflict resolution accreditation, prior to the offering of his services as a Mediator.

David brings a wealth of experience in dispute resolution a deep understanding of both the legal intricacies and the human dynamics at play in litigated disputes.  David brings a unique pragmatic perspective to alternative dispute resolution resulting in the best possible chance of resolution.  This approach, coupled with David’s energy, enthusiasm and relentless dedication to fostering amicable resolutions of disputed claims, make David a very effective Mediator.  David approaches each case with a fresh perspective and an unwavering commitment to assisting the parties to achieving equitable outcomes. David’s extensive trial experience (as both Plaintiff’s counsel and defence counsel) in a breadth of practice areas over decades of practice, provided David with the insight needed to assist the parties in navigating even the most complex, acrimonious and challenging of disputes.

In terms of his practice background, David launched the Whitelaw Twining Injury (WT-Injury) practice when he joined us in 2002, building on an already successful career as a trial lawyer acting on behalf of Plaintiff’s and Defendants in a variety of practice areas. Since then, he has expanded our list of bodily injury clients from less than ten to over 300. With an impressive and proven track record for results, David has achieved a remarkable total of over $100 million paid out to injured clients in trial awards or settlements, just in the last decade alone.

For nearly 30 years of practice, David has handled everything from chronic myofascial / musculoskeletal injury claims and psychiatric / psychological injury claims, to catastrophic injury claims and everything between. With extensive experience handling complex claims such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury claims and complex trauma-related psychiatric conditions, David draws upon his decades of experience in these often complicated and challenging cases to ensure every client’s claims are thoroughly presented to obtain a successful legal conclusion.

David’s reputation and a fierce and unrelenting advocate for his clients through his extensive trial experience and impressive trial results has resulted in David receiving professional recognition as the recipient of many awards of distinction, as well as being frequently retained and consulted by lawyers outside of our firm on complex cases, seeking David’s technical assistance and file handling strategy advice.

David frequently appears as trial and appeal counsel for injured parties in both the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. He has also appeared as trial counsel in the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. With nearly three decades of experience and a thriving team of legal professionals behind him, David now spends a large part of his practice mentoring, strategizing and consulting with other lawyers on his Team and with within the firm more generally.

As a trained Mediator, David also has a special interest in the effective use of alternate dispute resolution to resolve disputes, as well as the critical use of medical-legal and other critical experts in the handling of bodily injury claims. David has published many articles in numerous important bodily injury practice matters and has also presented as an invited guest Moot Court Judge and lecturer at legal and other professional conferences within his area of practice.

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J.D. (Juris Doctor), University of Alberta, 1995

B.A., Simon Fraser University, 1991

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996

Member of the Canadian Bar Association

Member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Member of the Law Society of British Columbia

Member of the Vancouver Bar Association

Volunteer Lawyer Access Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic

Representative Cases

  • Cheung v. Mercedes Benz Canada Ltd. et al., 1997 BCPC Vancouver Registry (unreported) (BCPC)
  • International Nesmont Industrial Corp. v. Coopers & Lybrand, 1998 CanLII 3962 (BCSC)
  • International Nesmont Industrial Corp. v. Coopers & Lybrand, 1998 CanLII 3963 (BCSC)
  • Grinshpun v. University of British Columbia, 1999 182 FTR 150; 1999 FC 9154 (CanLII) (Federal Court of Canada)
  • Grinshpun v. University of British Columbia, 2000 BCCA 69 (CanLII) (BCCA)
  • Brownell v. Information Highway Inc., 2000 BCSC 982 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Grinshpun v. University of British Columbia, 2000 FC 30127 (CanLII) (Federal Court of Canada – Trial Division)
  • Meyer v. Danka Business Systems Ltd., 2001 BCSC 428 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Grinshpun v. University of British Columbia, 2000 FCA (unreported) (Federal Court of Appeal)
  • Grinshpun v. University of British Columbia, 2000 BCSC CC994242 New Westminster Registry, A.W. MacKenzie, J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Yorkston v. 364296 B.C. Ltd., 2000 BCSC No. 8816 Cranbrook Registry, Josephson, J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Grinshpun v. University of British Columbia 2001 BCSC 967 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Tamlin International Homes v. Ikoma et al., 2001 BCSC 1039 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Re: Lee Estate, 2001 BCSC 1320 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Kendal v. Gemex Developments Corp., 2002 BCSC Vancouver Registry, Hood J., (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Assoc. v. Assessor of Area #09, 2002 BCSC 721 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Clark, Wilson v. Information Highway.com, Inc., 2002 BCSC 4017 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Mizuguchi v. Keller, d.b.a. Pacific Inter-Link Hosts, 2003 BCSC Vancouver Registry, Action No. S004876, Catliff J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Klut v. Flash Courier Services Inc. et al., WCAT-2003-01173, 2003 CanLII 68886 (BC WCAT)
  • Highlander Disposal Ltd. et al. v. Northwest Waste Systems Inc., 2004 BCSC 1064 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Boychuck v. Great Vancouver Housing Corporation, 2006 BCSC Vancouver Registry, E. Myers J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Laface v. Boknows Hotels Inc. and McWilliams, 2006 BCCA 227 (CanLII) (BCCA)
  • McGregor v. Pacific Rim Equipment Inc. et al., WCAT-2006-02226, 2006 CanLII 84172 (BC WCAT)
  • Stewart v. Great Vancouver Regional District et.al., 2008 BCSC Vancouver Registry, Mashuhara J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Reimer v. Cultus Lake Waterpark Ltd., 2008 BCSC 1577 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • K.T. v. A.S. et al., 2009 BSC 1653 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Oddguys Holdings Ltd. v. S.C.Y. Chow Enterprises Co. Ltd., 2009 BCSC 1867 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • 469238 B.C. Ltd. et al. v. Sunvalley Speedway Ltd. et al., 2010 BCSC Vernon Registry, Action No. 44987, B.D. MacKenzie J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Oddguys Holdings Ltd. v. S.C.Y. Chow Enterprises Co. Ltd., 2010 BCCA 176 (CanLII) (BCCA)
  • Yeung v. Dowbiggin et al., 2012 BCSC 206 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Kovac v. Moscone, 2012 BCSC 845 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Kovac v. Moscone, 2014 BCSC 259 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Smith v. Evashkevich, 2016 BCSC 1228 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Ranahan v. Oceguera, 2019 BCSC 228 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Talwerdi v. Green, 2019 BCSC 1891 (CanLII) (BCSC)
  • Foti v. Nonstop Adventure Ltd. et al., 2019 BCSC Vancouver Registry, Groves J. (unreported) (BCSC)
  • Kempton v. Estate of Struke et al., 2020 BCSC (CanLII) (BCSC)