David F. O’Connor is one of the founding partners in Roy O’Connor LLP. Prior to founding the firm, David was a partner in a large national law firm in Canada. His practice is focused on corporate/commercial/shareholder and class action litigation.
David is a highly regarded litigator. David was most recently recognized by Benchmark Canada (the guide to Canada’s leading litigators) as a litigation star in class actions and commercial litigation in both 2012 and 2013, with peer praise and respect for his “prowess” in both areas. In 2006, he was recognized by LEXPERT as a finalist for the top 40 under 40 ranking in Canada. David and his partners were previously featured in the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine and recognized as one of the best class action firms in the country, with an undeniable track record for excellence. At the same time, David and his partners were further recognized as a stellar example of lawyers making a difference.
David has achieved significant success in class actions. In September 2012, David was successful on behalf of defendant directors in defeating motions for certification (involving claims of oppression/shareholder disputes) and for leave to commence a secondary market securities class action seeking over $200 million in damages. This was the first time that any court in Canada had rejected an application for leave to commence such a securities claim. Among other things, David was also successful in striking out a $200 million product liability class action against Toshiba, for whom he continues to act in defence of other class actions. David also acted as co-counsel in successfully resisting appeals by the Federal Government from a potential $160 million class action judgment (Hislop v. Canada), which was the largest class action judgment in Canadian history. He is also lead counsel in closely watched national overtime class actions that have been certified against CIBC and Scotiabank, as well as lead counsel in certified class actions relating to investment funds (Fantl) and tax shelters (Lipson).
On the corporate/commercial side, David has been successful in resisting various claims, including oppression claims/shareholder disputes, seeking tens of millions in damages against multi-national corporations as well as individual directors. David recently acted for the City of Waterloo in connection with various complex claims by the City arising out of a $50 million financing.
He is the editor-in-chief of the Federated Press, Commercial Litigation Section and a member of the Class Action Executive of the Ontario Bar Association. David often speaks about various litigation topics, including class actions, oppression/shareholder disputes and director’s liability, at conferences and law schools.