Christopher M. Dafoe

Christopher M. Dafoe: Attorney with Taylor Veinotte Sullivan Barristers
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Chris Dafoe joined TVS after practicing for several years at a large Vancouver law firm. Prior to being called to the bar, he clerked for six judges of the B.C. Supreme Court.

Before attending law school, Chris worked in journalism, where he spent more than a decade as a correspondent and columnist for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He has continued to write, publishing frequently on defamation law and class actions.

While at law school Chris served as the research member of a committee established by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada to report on the national class action and help draft the committee’s initial report. He also wrote an award-winning paper suggesting a possible solution the problems raised by competing multi-jurisdictional class actions. He continues to explore these issues as the researcher for the Canadian Bar Association’s National Task Force on Class Actions.

Chris has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and before the Federal Court of Canada. His primary interest is in commercial litigation and defamation and media law, but he has experience in a variety of areas, including aboriginal law and maritime law.

Legal Recognition

• Called to the Bar in British Columbia 2007


• A Two-Way Street – Comity and Conflicting Certifications of National Classes

• Anti-SLAPP statutes – Slippery slope or free speech salvation

• BC Tobacco Certification – Limited on Appeal

• Fair (and forceful) comment – SCC rules in favour of lively debate

• Gag orders and secret sources – media-court conflicts reach the Supreme Court of Canada

• How many is too many – Suing in libel on behalf of a group or class

• Hyperlinks and mouse-made deals – New law on the electronic frontier

• I have no choice – The Perils and Pitfalls of Libel Actions

• Lord Black, Courtney Love and libellous links – The year in defamation

• New defences to defamation – The SCC brings the Reynolds defence into the Internet age

• Preserving reputation in a borderless world – SCC applies new rules on jurisdiction to libel claims

• Safe to slander city hall – ON court bars defamation suits by government bodies

• SCC says yes to secret sources, no to constitutional immunity

• Silence is golden – Injunctions in defamation law

• The defence of qualified privilege – a primer

• The jury is dismissed – The decline of jury trials in libel actions

• Towards Order and Fairness – Reforming the National Class

• Who is John Doe – And why is he saying all these terrible things about me?

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Media Law
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Maritime Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of British Columbia, B.J., Honors, 1987; University of British Columbia, B.A., English, 1985
Law School Attended:
University of British Columbia Law School, LL.B., 2005
Year of First Admission:
2007, British Columbia
Law Society of British Columbia; Canadian Bar Association; Ad Idem-Canadian Media lawyers Association

Peer Reviews

  • 3.6/5.0 (1 review)
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Vancouver, British Columbia

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