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 judicial review of an administrative Police Act disciplinary decision (Grimsmo v. Jones BC, 2021 BCSC 575)
  • 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)


  • 2021, “Handling Human Rights Complaints from Racial Profiling to Street Checks“, Canadian Institute | 12th Annual Law of Policing Conference, Co-Speaker
  • 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


Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Guidelines for Use of Facial Recognition Technology in Law Enforcement

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Principles on Inordinate Delays in Administrative Proceedings; Rejects Adopting Strict Criminal Law Approach

Consecutive Parole Ineligibility Periods Found Unconstitutional by Supreme Court of Canada: Summary of R. v. Bissonnette 2022 SCC 23

BC Legislative Committee Recommends Replacing the RCMP with a New Provincial Police Service and Other Changes to the Police Act

Objectively Necessary and Reasonable Use of Force leads to Not-Guilty Finding in Assault Case

Defer or Deter: Sentencing Police Officers for Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm

Search, Seizure, and Confessions: The Importance of Understanding the Proper Limits of an Investigation

Racial Profiling and Entrapment: Evidentiary Considerations before Proceeding with an Investigation

Police Officer Conduct Can Affect the Admissibility of Evidence

The Door to Police Claims against Crown Prosecutors Closes: Ontario (Attorney General) v. Clark, 2021 SCC 18

How Soon Can the Courts Intervene in Police Disciplinary Proceedings?

Strip Search Found to Be Justified R v. Ali, 2020 ABCA 344

The Forthwith Window for Roadside Breathalizer Demands

Police May Owe a Private Duty of Care to Execute Warrants and Other Court Orders Expeditiously

Crown Prosecutors Do Not Owe a Duty of Care to Police Officers Accused of Police Misconduct in Criminal Proceedings

Mere Suspicion Does Not Provide Reasonable Grounds for Arrest

Fine print on a lift ticket doesn’t cut (or carve) it: injured snowboarder allowed to sue ski hill despite “own negligence” clause

Not Just Fun and Games: Body Check in Recreational Hockey Game Leads to $700,000 Damage Award

Cannabis Production: A New Type of Material Risk for Property Insurance Coverage

The Beginning of Cannabis Product Liability Class Proceedings in Canada and the U.S.

Professional & Community Affiliations