David is a partner in Cox & Palmer’s Halifax office and practices in the area of corporate and commercial law.  He attended Acadia University and then earned his law degree at Dalhousie Law School.  He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998.


David has extensive experience in commercial transactions and regularly advises clients on purchases and divestitures of businesses by way of share and asset purchases, partnerships and joint ventures. As a member of the Firm’s Energy &Natural Resources Group, David’s experience includes acquisitions of energy service companies in Atlantic Canada and Alberta, negotiation of service agreements for the Atlantic offshore industry and the development of the Play Fairway Analysis for offshore Nova Scotia. David has acted for both borrowers and lenders in domestic and international, secured and unsecured financings and he regularly advises clients throughout North America on matters related to unlimited liability companies (ULCs). David also has extensive experience in commercial real estate acquisitions and divestitures and commercial leasing.


Bar Admission

  • Nova Scotia (1998)

Law School

  • Dalhousie University


  • Acadia University (BA Honours, 1992)
  • Dalhousie University (LLB, 1997)

Professional Activities & Affiliations

  • Board Member, BioNova – Nova Scotia’s Life Sciences Association
  • Board Member & Committee Member (Audit & Governance), Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia (LIANS)
  • Committee Member (SME Committee), Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
  • Member, Toronto Opinions Group (TOROG)
  • Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association (Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section)
  • Past Chair (Programming & Advisor Committees) and Board member, Canadian Association of Family-Owned Enterprises (CAFE)
  • Past Board member, Atlantic Salmon Federation

Activities Within Firm

David is a member of Cox & Palmer’s Halifax Executive Committee. David regularly contributes the firm’s continuing legal education program, presenting on such topics as secured financings and various corporate matters.

Lectures & Presentations

David has spoken at a number of conferences in Nova Scotia and in other parts of Canada, including:

  • Insight’s Major Business Agreements (Halifax, NS – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014)
  • Canadian Institute Commercial Real Property Transactions (Halifax – 2010)
  • Insight’s Current Trends and Developments in Canadian Corporate Law – Changes to the Nova Scotia Companies Act (Toronto, ON – 2009)
  • The Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation’s East Coast Research Seminar (St. John’s – 2007)

Law Society Memberships

  • Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association


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