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firms. He has written a series of academic texts including Mareva and Anton
Piller Preservation Orders in Canada: A Practical Guide (Irwin Law), co-edited
and co-authored British Columbia Business Disputes (CLEBC), and coauthored
a leading Canadian text on civil procedure, The Civil Litigation
Process (Emond). He is a contributing author to British Columbia Creditors’
Remedies and British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook (CLEBC). He has also
published countless academic legal articles and has contributed to many
legal conferences, including CLEBC’s popular “A Litigator’s Arsenal”, which
he created. Outside of law, he has served on the boards of the Vancouver
International Marathon Society and volunteered with Access Pro Bono and
the BC Civil Liberties Association.
About 25 years ago, David discovered distance running and has
approached it over the years with his accustomed toughness and happy
commitment. David has run over 175 marathon and ultramarathon1 races.
He once ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall in two days and has twice run the
West Coast Trail in a single day. He has circumperambulated2 Mount St.
Helens on two occasions and has run three double-crossings of the Grand
Canyon, during the most recent of which his friend Ferg Hawke said, accurately,
that he is “tougher than a boiled owl”. David considers this the highest
praise he has ever received.
David has always loved the mountains. In 2009, during a long run in Scotland,
he devised the “Peakbagger Challenge”:3 to climb the most North
Shore peaks in a single season. His social media contributions have long
been full of pictures of him, with various companions and family members,
smiling while standing on desolate mountaintops. In 2018 David, Bill Maurer
and David’s elder son, Harry, published The Glorious Mountains of Vancouver’s
North Shore: A Peakbagger’s Guide,4 which has become popular with
hiking and trail running enthusiasts. David is a devotee of William Shakespeare
and has seen all of his plays performed live (including apocrypha)
except for Edward III and Arden of Faversham. David has visited almost
every U.S. national park. He has seen Bob Dylan perform 29 times.
David believes his mind solves problems best in the midst of physical
exertion. As counsel he would leave the office at 9:45 a.m. and sprint to
court, arriving perfectly ready to go, to the amazement (not to say, occasional
exasperation) of some of his colleagues. He was never late. On the
bench, counsel will doubtless be able to count on, and will be wise to
remember, his endurance and great capacity for focused attention.
Despite his many exertions and multifarious interests, David is grounded
in his family. He and Julia have four wonderful children. They accompany
David (apparently willingly) on many of his adventures.