David C. Bishop

David Bishop is a partner at Gowling WLG. David's practice involves all aspects of corporate/commercial litigation with an emphasis on directors' and officers' defence, product liability, professional liability disputes, shareholder disputes, class actions, large property and industrial claims, and environmental litigation. He is familiar with all aspects of dispute resolution, including private mediations, judicial dispute resolution conferences and arbitrations.

David has acted on matters in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He has appeared in the courts at all levels, including the Alberta and Manitoba Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. David has also participated in NAFTA Bi-National Canada/US and Canada/Mexico free trade dispute resolution hearings.

He has extensive experience acting for large corporations in the energy sector, including disputes arising from valuation of shares in public and private companies, product liability matters, commercial contract claims and dissenting shareholder proceedings. He regularly acts for directors, officers and companies in a class action, derivative action, shareholder and regulatory (Alberta Securities Commission) context. He has acted on large multi-party product liability cases in various industries, including energy, steel, biotechnology, medical and consumer products. Recently, he was retained to act on behalf of the broker responsible for placing an environmental insurance policy responsive to the largest in land petro chemical spill in which remediation costs exceeded $1 billion. He was successful in resolving the matter through a multi-day mediation.

David has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending shareholder claims including oppression, derivative action, "shot gun" disputes, and is experienced in all manners of shareholder and company valuation issues.

David has been ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada since 2015, is a leading lawyer in Lexpert American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2024 and is ranked in Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 and Lexpert’s leading lawyers Canadian edition in 2024.

Career & Recognition

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  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta

Insights & Resources

David is a frequent speaker at directors and officers, product liability and professional liability seminars and conferences.