Bar Admission

  • 1994 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar

David McKnight is a Partner, and the leader of the firm’s Administrative Law, Cannabis and Defamation + Publication Risk Management Practice Groups.

David is also a member of the Insurance and Local Government Practices. His practice is in the area of insurance litigation defence and includes construction litigation, fire loss, police claims, personal injury, property damage, administrative law and defamation. David also regularly provides coverage opinions and handles subrogated claims on behalf of insurers.

He has extensive experience in both the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and works closely with clients to resolve actions through trial, mediation and the settlement process.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and its employees in a defamation action (Level One Construction Ltd. et al, v. Burnham et al, 2018 BCSC 1354)
  • Successfully defended the City of New Westminster and its police department in trespass/charter breach action (Allen v. City of New Westminster et al, 2018 Vancouver Registry)
  • Successfully defended judicial review of an administrative tribunal decision (Kadioglu v. RECBC et al, 2017 BCSC 2252)
  • Successfully defended judicial review of an administrative tribunal decision (Jalloh v. Insurance Council of British Columbia, 2016 BCSC 47)
  • Successfully defended an occupiers liability/personal injury action (Nerland v. TD Bank, 2016 BCSC 45)
  • Successfully defended class action certification (Monaco v. City of Coquitlam, 2015 BCSC 2421)
  • Successfully defended a real estate subdivision/construction action (Dick v. City of Coquitlam, 2013 BCSC 1698) (2014 BCCA 471)
  • Successfully defended an internet defamation action (Carter v. B.C. Federation of Foster Parents Association)
  • Successfully defended a defamation and negligence action (P.G. Restaurant Ltd. v. Northern Interior Regional Health Board et al)
  • Successfully defended a building inspection/construction action (Parsons v. City of Richmond)
  • Successfully defended a real estate subdivision action (Forster v. City of Nanaimo)
  • Successfully defended a negligence/defamation/interference with contractual relations action (William v. City of Kelowna)


  • 2019, Fire Chief Fireside Chat, MIABC Risk Management Conference, Panelist
  • 2018, Police Negligence – Civil Liability, MIABC Risk Management Conference, Speaker
  • 2015, Law of Policing Conference, Canadian Institute, Speaker
  • 2014, Fire Services Liability, BC Society of Fellows, Speaker
  • 2013, Libel and Slander, BC RIMA, Speaker
  • 2012, Police and Law Enforcement Conference, Vancouver, Co-chair
  • 2011, Insurers’ Duties to Defend and Indemnify, CIAA/CICMA Pacific Region, Vancouver, Speaker

Professional & Community Affiliations