"Like a ninja..."
“David Wotherspoon is looking more like a ninja every day. He’s got that Richard Gere corporate assassin look. Of all the lawyers that have been in my grill this one has lasted the longest. All the others are ashes under the soles of my feet…But this ninja keeps on ticking. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t have small man syndrome.”

– An adverse party

“I wish to thank counsel for their able presentation. It is seldom that I have had the opportunity to have presented to me such a well-prepared and well-argued case. Clearly both parties were well represented by the counsel they chose.”

– The Honourable Justice Groves

“A solid, experienced and tactically clever litigator.”

– The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2012

"Having worked with David, I can recommend him to anyone who is in need of statesmanship and negotiation in lieu of litigation. He has demonstrated the ability to favorably resolve issues involving intellectual property in the very public world of social media and the internet, without having to file suit. Any company would be well served in retaining him to advise them when their brand is challenged and they need a win-win outcome for both sides." 

– David Wallace, Chief Operating Officer, Portrait Homes



  • LLB, 1991
    University of British Columbia
  • MA, 1988
    University of British Columbia
  • BA (Hons), 1986
    Simon Fraser University

Year of Call/Admission

  • British Columbia, 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

David Wotherspoon

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David Wotherspoon, Partner, is a commercial litigator whose cases regularly involve social media, intellectual property, technology and defamation. David has acted for clients such as TELUS, Hermès, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Vancouver Canucks and numerous early stage companies, as well as individuals. In addition to acting as an advocate in the courts, David acts as neutral and as counsel in arbitrations.

Many of David's cases have involved protecting businesses that have been targeted in a way that requires intense and swift action and often injunctions to safeguard clients' rights. David continually delivers extraordinary success in this particular area of his practice.

As a litigator, David always applies a business-oriented approach looking for solutions to problems.

Honours and Awards

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 for Intellectual Property
  • Awarded the 2014 Access to Justice Award by the Pivot Legal Society for outstanding support of the organization and it's mandate to use the law to combat the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2014 for Computer & IT Law, Intellectual Property and Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Named as a “local litigation star” in British Columbia and a “litigation star” for intellectual property in Canada by Benchmark Canada, 2014
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2011-2013 for Computer & IT Law, and Intellectual Property
  • Named as a “local litigation star” in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada, 2013
  • Awarded a Silver ranking for both anti-counterfeiting and trademark enforcement expertise in the 2013 edition of the WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, published by World Trademark Review
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in the Best Publications category for British Columbia Business Disputes from the International Association for Continuing Legal Education. Co-authored the chapter on IP Disputes
  • Named as a “local litigation star” in British Columbia and a “litigation star” for intellectual property in Canada by Benchmark Canada, 2012
  • Named as "Leading Trade-mark Practitioner" by World Trademark Review


  • Director, Peace Geeks
  • Director, Environmental Youth Alliance
  • Volunteer, Pivot Legal Society
  • Governor (past), Collingwood School
  • Governor (past), Emily Carr University of Art + Design

David provides legal services through David Wotherspoon Law Corporation.