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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. .



David Salter

is a lawyer at Lenczner Slaght.

David maintains a broad civil litigation practice, specializing in cross-border and complex commercial litigation, appeals, administrative proceedings, and employment disputes. Acting for parties of all sizes, he has represented leading global financial institutions, manufacturers, telecommunications and transportation companies, as well as individual plaintiffs and defendants.

David joined the firm after practicing in the New York office of a top-tier international law firm for more than four years, where he was litigation counsel to American, Canadian, European, and Asian entities in a broad range of matters. He also served as Acting Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, New York, was appointed mediation counsel to self-represented litigants by the federal court in the Southern District of New York, 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. He volunteered at several legal clinics and was a research assistant in labour and employment law.

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

  • Laurentian University of Sudbury

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

    David Salter | May 1, 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

  • 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

  • U.S. Antitrust Clearance

    Counsel to a leading agricultural sciences entity in successfully obtaining U.S. antitrust clearance of its acquisition of a major competitor. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

  • Restructuring Litigation

    Counsel to the debtor, a global automobile parts manufacturer, in a heavily litigated Chapter 11 restructuring in New York federal court. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

  • Employment Discrimination Litigation

    Counsel to a plaintiff bringing employment discrimination claims against the New York City Department of Education. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

  • Executive Compensation Arbitration

    Counsel to a leading U.S. bank in a JAMS arbitration defending against claims for millions of dollars in forfeited incentive awards by its former General Counsel. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

  • Executive Compensation Litigation

    Counsel to a U.S. bank defending against claims for nearly $20 million in golden parachute compensation by its former Chief Executive Officer. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

  • Breach of Contract Arbitration

    Counsel to a national airline in a contract dispute before the American Arbitration Association arising from the airline’s refusal to accept delivery of a shipment of aircraft engines. (Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght)

    David Salter | January 1, 1900

  • Breach of Contract Litigation

    Counsel to a defendant Class I railway in cross-border claims based in contract, statute, and tort arising from an operating accident. (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 - Litigation Committee Member, International Section

  • 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

  • Empire State Counsel (2017-2020)

    Designation for outstanding pro bono service in New York State

  • The Legal 500 Canada (2022)

    Labour and Employment (Recommended Lawyer)

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