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David* knows that successful advocacy begins with framing the narrative. It’s an approach he developed during his first career as a press secretary and senior advisor in the Ontario government, and applied as an attorney at a top-tier New York law firm, before joining Lenczner Slaght. In commercial and employment matters, administrative proceedings, and appeals, David sets the§ stage for efficient resolutions by pursuing discovery and settlement negotiations with the same thoroughness as courtroom arguments – and he picks the right tone , with experience representing leading financial institutions, manufacturers, transportation and telecommunications entities, and individual plaintiffs and defendants. .

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David Salter

is an associate at Lenczner Slaght.

David’s civil litigation practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, investigations, employment disputes, and public law matters. He has represented leading global financial institutions and corporations, public entities and political figures, as well as individuals, particularly departing senior executives in employment matters. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

David joined the firm after practicing in the New York office of a leading international law firm for five years, where he was litigation counsel to numerous Fortune 500 entities. He also served as Acting Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, New York, was appointed mediation counsel to self-represented litigants by the Southern District of New York federal court, and has been repeatedly recognized for outstanding pro bono service by the New York State Bar Association.

David obtained his law degree from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with honours and received the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Prize for Academic Excellence, the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Award for Academic Excellence, and the Laskin Prize in Constitutional Law.

Prior to attending law school, David held a variety of positions in the Government of Ontario, including as director of communications to the Minister of Energy and press secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. David also served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Reservist for nearly nine years.

  • Internal Investigation

    Internal investigation into allegations of harassment, discrimination, and self-dealing made by former general counsel of an organization against its senior leadership.

    Christopher Yung & David Salter | January 1, 2023

  • CBRE v Hudson's Bay Company

    Counsel to CBRE in an oppression claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against HBC arising from the breach of department store leases in The Netherlands. Successfully opposed HBC’s application to strike CBRE’s claim.

    Anne E. Posno & David Salter | February 22, 2022

  • Internal Investigation

    Internal investigation into allegations of interference in a quasi-judicial process.

    David Salter | January 1, 2022

  • Fleming v York University

    Counsel to York University in judgment enforcement proceedings arising from a multi-million dollar fraud against the University. Most recently, successfully resisted an application by a judgment debtor which sought to drawn down equity in assets available to York for enforcement purposes.

    William C. McDowell, Brian Kolenda & David Salter | January 1, 2022

  • Starr v Crombie

    Counsel to the Mayor of Mississauga in various proceedings initiated by a former member of Council.

    William C. McDowell & David Salter | January 1, 2022

  • Laurentian University of Sudbury

    Counsel to the Board of Governors of Laurentian University in CCAA insolvency proceedings.

    David Salter | May 1, 2021

  • Counsel to Former GC of Crown Corporation

    Represented the former General Counsel of a significant public sector organization in relation to a wrongful dismissal claim, achieving a substantial settlement.

    David Salter | March 3, 2021

  • Securities Investigations

    Counsel to a leading investment bank in relation to securities investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the Federal Reserve. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 18, 2021

  • Independent Investigation

    Independent investigation into allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties by a member of a board of directors.

    David Salter | January 1, 2021

  • Amicus Curiae Submission to U.S. Supreme Court

    Counsel to a national banking association for an amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a question of statutory interpretation. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

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  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • The Advocates’ Society

  • New York State Bar Association

  • High Time for Shorter Trials

    The bench and bar have long recognized that lengthy trials decrease access to justice. That is no surprise: trials are expensive, long trials more so, and lawyers generally think that the longer the trial, the longer it takes to receive a decision.

    David Salter & Sam Hargreaves | December 1, 2021

  • The Legal 500 Canada (2022-2023)

    Labour and Employment (Recommended Lawyer)

  • Empire State Counsel (2017-2020)

    Designation for outstanding pro bono service in New York State

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