Toronto Commercial Arbitrator – Featuring David Alderson ~ from $350 per hour*

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David accepts appointments as a commercial arbitrator and as a marine arbitrator, at reasonable hourly rates and with good availability. David has acted as counsel in both domestic and international arbitration, including AAA arbitration, ICDR International Rules, ICC arbitration, LMAA arbitration, GAFTA arbitration, and various other ad hoc and non-institutional arbitration

David Alderson has been appointed as a commercial arbitrator by order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. David is a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.

He has lived and practised law in Ontario, England, Bermuda and Dubai. He is also admitted in New York State. His LL.B (Osgoode) and LL.M (Lond.) were granted in 1980 and 1988, respectively. David’s post-graduate legal studies, designated as Commercial and Corporate, were comprised of the study of marine insurance, insurance, carriage of goods by sea and maritime law.

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Phone: (416) 979 2020 ext 230

Local and International Experience

David has appeared as a barrister in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (including the Commercial List), the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court (Canada), Federal Court of Appeal (Canada) and the Supreme Court of Canada; as an instructing solicitor in the English High Court (Commercial and Admiralty Courts, and Chancery) and the House of Lords (now UK Supreme Court) Appeals Committee; and as a barrister in the Supreme Court of Bermuda.

Preferred Arbitration Appointments

He has legal experience in arbitration in Ontario, England, Bermuda and Dubai under different institutional and ad hoc rules, in a wide variety of matters, but mainly focused on the practice areas of insurance, reinsurance, business disputes, international trade, and marine matters, including arbitration concerning:

    • Building Disputes
    • Business Disputes
    • Commercial Leasing Disputes
    • Construction Disputes
    • Contract Disputes
    • Disputes between Professionals in Business
      • Architectural
      • Dental
      • Legal
      • Marine-Industry
    • Distribution Agreement Disputes
    • Employment Disputes
    • Franchise Disputes
    • International Sale of Goods Disputes
    • IT, IP, Internet and Technology Disputes
    • Joint Venture Disputes
    • Licensing Disputes
    • Management Disputes
    • Marine and Maritime Disputes
      • Cargo Claims
      • Charterparty Disputes
      • Freight Forwarding Disputes
      • Sale of Ship Disputes
      • Shipbuilding Disputes
      • Software Licensing Disputes
      • Large Yacht Disputes
    • Partnership Disputes
    • Property Disputes
    • Reinsurance Disputes
    • Sale of Goods Disputes
    • Shareholder Disputes
    • Trademark Disputes

Additional arbitration subject interest: travel, tourism, sports and entertainment arbitration.

Speaking Engagements on Arbitration Subjects

David has spoken to lawyers at Continuing Legal Education events, and given interviews to legal publications on matters concerning arbitration, including:

  • Law Times Cover Story July 20, 2018: “OCA upholds U.S. rabbinical court’s award. Province a leader in international commercial arbitration” concerning Popack v. Lipszyc, 2018 ONCA 635 (Quoted)
  • Law Times Cover Story – Enforce Arbitration Agreements: Ruling, November 21, 2016, Re: Haas v. Gunasekaram, 2016 ONCA 744 (Co-Counsel on motion)
  • Panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Professional Development program, The Annotated Partnership Agreement 2015, on the panel entitled “Review of the Differences (Legal and Drafting) Between a Partnership and a Joint Venture – Understanding the Significant Consequences“. This included discussion on the use of arbitration clauses in international joint venture agreements.
  • New Developments in Emergency Arbitration Procedures – Interview Published in Law Times (April 2013)
  • ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Litigation event “Strategic Choices in International Arbitration: the Impact of Forum Selection and Choice-of-Law Decisions” covering competence-competence doctrine, severability (separability) and judicial intervention in determining the jurisdiction of a tribunal; and the enforcement of arbitral awards, including public policy exclusion to enforcement and the effect of local limitation periods in the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards in UNCITRAL / Model law jurisdictions (August 2011)

Curriculum Vitae

Please see David’s bio webpage and his LinkedIn page for his areas of past local and international litigation experience.

Terms of Appointment available on request.

Contact the Intake Coordinator at (416) 979 2020, ext. 223 or by email at

*Hourly Rates: Fee rate on application: from $350.00 per hour, *plus facilities and applicable taxes.
Languages: English

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About the Author
David Alderson, LL.B , LL.M

David Alderson, LL.B , LL.M

David has practiced over 35 years as a commercial and business litigator in diverse matters in the courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings in Ontario, England & Wales, Bermuda and Dubai. Also admitted in New York. He also accepts appointment as a commercial and marine arbitrator. Bio | Lawyer | Arbitrator | Contact

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