Preview -  David Sterns

Practice Focus

David is a partner in our litigation group focusing on class actions and commercial disputes. A creative advocate, David’s cases have been at the forefront of the law relating to franchise systems, price-fixing and competition (antitrust) matters. David takes a strategic approach to litigation, always considering the best use of resources and what will most effectively move the case to its ultimate resolution. David was lead counsel in one of the few class action trials to have been completed in Canada. In addition to his class action practice, David represents clients in disputes involving a range of industries including automotive, hospitality, foodservice and real estate.

David devotes a significant amount of time giving back to the legal profession. He is the Immediate Past President of the Ontario Bar Association – representing approximately 15,000 lawyers, judges and law students.

David speaks regularly at legal conferences and is frequently quoted in the media on civil justice issues. He is an instructor in the annual Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop and serves as a volunteer judge at law school moots. A bilingual lawyer, David is committed to representation of clients in English and French.


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Assistant: Georgia Scott-McLaren
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Bar Admission

Quebec, 1992
Ontario, 1994


B.A. (Econ.), McGill University, 1987
B.C.L., LL.B, McGill University, 1991

Peer Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers Canada 2016 and 2017 for franchising and dispute resolution: class action (plaintiff)
  • Listed in Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “repeatedly recommended” (2013-2018) for franchising and “consistently recommended” class actions
  • Named “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times magazine, 2013-2018, Top Franchise Lawyers in North America
  • Consistently listed in Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Consistently listed in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • Co-Recipient OBA’s Markus Cohen, Q.C. Memorial Award for Excellence in Franchise Law (2011)

Representative Cases

Publications and Seminars

  • Legal Education seminars of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association and Osgoode Continuing Legal Education.
  • Regular contributor to franchise law and commercial litigation publications
  • Appeared before the Ontario and P.E.I legislative committees on franchise legislation



Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Past President of Ontario Bar Association (OBA) (2016-2017)
  • Member of Toronto Regional Senior Justice Bench and Bar Committee
  • Member of Board of Directors of OBA and Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Chair of Public Affairs of OBA
  • Co-Chair, Judicial Mediation Taskforce of OBA
  • Chair of Civil Litigation Section of OBA (2010-2011)
  • Vice-Chair of Class Actions and Private Enforcement Sub-committee of Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Section
  • American Bar Association (Member of Class Actions and Derivatives Suits Committee)
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