C. David Freedman, PhD
C. David Freedman is counsel at Gowling WLG's Toronto office and works within the global Private Client Services Group.
David has been certified as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law by the Law Society of Ontario. His practice is focused on litigious estate, trust and capacity matters in addition to complex trust planning and administration. As preferred counsel for LawPRO, David acts on matters of professional negligence with respect to estate and trust issues, including defending solicitor negligence claims. David has extensive experience in trial and appellate litigation as well as in arbitrations.
In addition to his work as a practising lawyer, David is also a tenured law professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University where he teaches Trusts, Wills & Estates Law, Estate Litigation, and Civil Procedure. He holds an undergraduate law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, a masters degree from the University of Oxford and a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge.
David has published widely on estates and trusts topics and is co-author of Ooosterhoff on Wills, and has a book forthcoming titled Civil Practice And Procedure: Text, Commentary & Materials. For more information, please visit his academic website.
David is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, The Advocates' Society, Ontario Bar Association, Frontenac Law Association, and the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Outside of work, David tries to keep up with six kids, five dogs and two cats. He enjoys some of the more arcane manual arts – blacksmithing, woodturning, box-making and restoration of antique razors.