David Ward: Lawyer with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

David Ward

Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416 869 5960

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Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Litigation
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
University University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1987
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1990; Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M., 2004
Admitted1992, Ontario

•American Bar Association
•Canadian Bar Association
•International Bar Association
•Ontario Bar Association
•Toronto Lawyers Association
•Turnaround Management Association


David Ward is a partner in the firm's Restructuring and Insolvency Group and Commercial Litigation Group and Construction Law Group. David has a litigation emphasis to his insolvency practice, with a particular focus on creditors' rights and remedies in reorganizations and liquidations under Canada's major insolvency and corporate statutes. Building on his extensive commercial litigation background, David has significant experience advising a wide range of lenders and creditors on all aspects of commercial reorganizations in Canada.

In the area of construction law, David has experience representing court-appointed insolvency representatives in a wide variety of priority disputes, claims litigation matters, and contractor-court officer protocols. Recent engagements included court officer representations in the Triwest Construction Inc. and Kappeler Masonry Corporation proceedings. David has spoken and written extensively on recent legal developments in respect of the treatment of Construction Lien Act deemed trust claims in insolvency.

David acted as counsel in the cross-border reorganization that involved the first application between Canada and the United States of the Committee J Cross-Border Insolvency Concordat, an initiative of the Insolvency and Creditors' Rights Committee of the International Bar Association. Over the years, he has been involved in numerous domestic and cross-border insolvencies where he has advised a wide range of stakeholders including secured creditors, debtors, and court-appointed insolvency representatives. David's creditors' remedies practice encompasses a broad range of specialties including real estate fraud, solicitor's and appraiser's negligence claims, shareholders disputes, investor fraud and injunctions.

David is a regular contributor to Restructuring & Insolvency - an annual publication from Law Business Research Ltd. published by Getting the Deal Through - and co-authored the 2014 Canada chapter. He co-authored the Partnership Bankruptcy Chapter of Partnership Law in Canada as well as the Cassels Brock reference manual titled 'Portable Insolvency Legislation in Canada'; in addition, David co-authored the insolvency chapter for the firm's Doing Business in Canada: A Practical Guide publication. He has also authored numerous shorter articles and conference papers for industry-specific groups on a range of creditors' rights and bankruptcy reform issues of current interest and is a regular presenter for the firm's Corporate Counsel seminar series.

David was invited to testify to the Senate Banking Trade and Commerce Committee in Ottawa on the reform of Canada's insolvency legislation, being one of the few outside experts invited to do so.

David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, teaching the International Insolvency segment of the University of Toronto's Global Professional Master of Laws Program.

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Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Banners Broker Cross-Border Insolvency

The Atlas Block: CLA Deemed Trust Meets Bankruptcy

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Bruce Leonard and David Ward Present Insolvency Course at UofT

Bruce Leonard Continues as Contributing Editor to Insolvency & Restructuring, 2013 and Canada Chapter Now Available

Corporate Counsel Event: Contracts in Insolvency


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Banners Broker Cross-Border Insolvency
Larry Ellis,David Ward, September 23, 2014
In the context of cross-border insolvencies, Canadian courts have consistently encouraged comity and co-operation with courts in other countries.

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David Ward

40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3C2


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