Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

David E Gruber


Telephone: 604 661 9361

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: dgruber@farris.com

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David Gruber is a Partner and practises in the areas of corporate/commercial litigation, arbitration, restructuring and insolvency, and class actions. He has appeared regularly in the superior and appellate courts of British Columbia and Ontario and in the Federal Court, and has acted in several reported cases. As well, David has significant experience in both international and domestic arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes, and in negotiating and advising on dispute settlements.

David’s corporate/commercial litigation experience has encompassed shareholder and partnership disputes (including oppression claims), breach of contract cases, securities matters and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty. He has acted for corporations of all sizes, professional firms, governments, public and quasi-public institutions and for private individuals. In the area of restructuring and insolvency, David has acted for monitors, trustees and receivers, as well as for creditors and other affected parties, primarily in large-scale Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act matters.

David completed an undergraduate degree in architecture and worked for a time on the editorial staff of an architectural magazine before entering law school. Following graduation, he articled and practised with a prominent litigation boutique in Victoria, British Columbia, which specializes in constitutional/ administrative and commercial litigation. He took time out of his practice to do a master’s degree in law at the University of Cambridge in 1998. David first joined the Vancouver office of a national firm in 1999. Before rejoining his former firm he practised for three years with a leading Toronto commercial litigation boutique.  In 2010 David was awarded a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He moved to Farris in early 2010.

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada.
  • Fellow of the Chartered Instituted of Arbitrators.
  • Member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society.
  • Chair of the Lex Mundi Insolvency, Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group.
  • Director of the Turnaround Management Association, Northwest Chapter.


  • DipICArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – 2010
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge - 1998
  • J.D., University of Victoria - 1996
  • B.Sc., McGill University - 1992

  • Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2017)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada (2018)
  • Listed in Benchmark Canada as a Local Litigation Star (2014)
  • Listed in Benchmark Canada as a Rising Star (Commercial Litigation & Insolvency, 2013)
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal & Restructuring & Insolvency (2016)
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar (2000)
  • Admitted to the British Columbia Bar (1997)