David Wotherspoon


David Wotherspoon

David Wotherspoon, C.Arb., C.Med

Law office of Dentons, Vancouver, BC, CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : C. Arb and C. Med

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domain Name Disputes, Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation

Practice Areas : Defamation, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Technology

Professional Experience

David Wotherspoon, partner, is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and National Technology & Intellectual Property (IP) Groups. He is a commercial litigator whose practice is primarily in the areas of intellectual property, technology and defamation. David has assisted clients in all corresponding facets: counterfeiting, advertising disputes, and software & product development disputes.

His prior experience as a news photographer led to his curiosity in media issues. It transferred into his legal career as he pursued matters of defamation and media issues, such as publication bans.

To date, David has provided advice and expertise in more than 100 defamation matters. 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 has acted as counsel and sole arbitrator in numerous UMP arbitrations over the past 30 years and is the current editor of Chapter 8 on Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP) in the B.C. Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual.

David continually delivers extraordinary success in this particular area of his practice.
For more than a decade, David has also been involved in technology disputes – typically more complex transactions that include meticulous contract and document reviews, and careful but aggressive pursuit of clients’ rights.

No matter what legal role David assumes for his clients, he always applies a business-oriented approach. David finds a business solution first, bearing in mind that the best result may ultimately include litigation. It was this tactical approach that helped pioneer the firm’s own Litigation Management protocol – a systematized tool that not only provides clients with guidelines, options, plans for anticipated outcomes, calculated strategies and effective solutions, but uniquely engages them so that they are actively co-piloting the process to satisfaction.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

David is shifting his practice more towards representing clients as counsel and acting as an arbitrator (specifically in domain name disputes), and counsel in arbitrations involving IP and technology.

  • Arbitrator of .ca domain name disputes for the past 10 years
  • Counsel in.ca and .com domain name disputes since UDRP implementation
  • Recently began as arbitrator in technology disputes
  • Counsel in a number of technology arbitrations for the past 10 years
  • Member on the B.C. roster of The Canadian Association of Distinguished Neutrals (CADN) recognized for his experience as both a mediator and arbitrator.
Professional and Other Activities

“The Arbitration Tribunal and Equitable Relief: An Update from the British Columbia Court of Appeal” (The Advocate, May 2009)

Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery (Butterworths: Toronto, 2010)

Member on the B.C. roster of The Canadian Association of Distinguished Neutrals (CADN) recognized for his experience as both a mediator and arbitrator

Academic Qualifications

B.A. (Hons), Simon Fraser University, 1986
M.A., University of British Columbia, 1988
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1991