Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Services
Toronto Arbitrators and Mediators at Reasonable Hourly Rates

The arbitrators and mediators at Gilbertson Davis LLP accept appointments in local and international insurance, reinsurance, commercial and marine arbitrations, at reasonable hourly rates.

All our arbitrators and mediators are senior legal practitioners who also accept appointments as arbitrators or mediators. They are distinguished in their respective areas of practice and have differing legal practice backgrounds, through diversity of their legal experience in the world of reinsurance, insurance, business disputes, international trade & distribution, and marine matters, through language skills, and from foreign legal experience and accreditations.

This makes a Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitrator or Mediator uniquely qualified for your consideration.

The hourly fee rates of Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitrators and Mediators are from a reasonable $350.00, plus facilities and applicable taxes, and depend upon the arbitrator or mediator appointed, the location of the arbitration or mediation and the nature and complexity of the arbitration or mediation. Full-day rates can be negotiated.  We refer you to the applicable Gilbertson Davis LLP Terms of Appointment for the full terms and conditions of the appointment of a Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitrators or Mediators.


John obtained a B.A. (Hons.) degree from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario (1973), graduating as an Academic Medallist and as the recipient of several scholarships. John holds a J.D. degree from the University of Toronto (1976), and was called to the Bar (1978) in Ontario. He has practised law in that Province since then, both as an insurance litigator and for several years as in-house Claims Counsel and Casualty Claims Manager for a Toronto based commercial property and casualty insurer.

John has had a long and abiding interest in ADR and Arbitration in particular. He received his early education in the principles and practice of arbitration from his father, a labour arbitrator and adjudicator. John graduated from the Arbitrators’ Institute of Canada courses, Parts I and II, in1986/87. He received mediation training from United States Arbitration & Mediation Incorporated in 1988, and became a founding Director of Arbitration & Mediation Services (ADR) Canada Limited in that same year. John has received his Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators CIArb (2012) for completion of the Award Writing Examination in International Arbitration. He is a founding member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.

John has acted as counsel in numerous mediations for over 25 years, and has a particular interest in serving as Arbitrator in insurance, reinsurance and commercial arbitrations. He has litigated many reinsurance cases during his career. John has also acted as counsel in an arbitration under the Disputed Losses between Property Insurance and Boiler and Machinery Insurance Policies. He has prepared briefing materials for an arbitration at a panel of the Insurance Bureau of Canada. He has acted as a Mediator in a commercial property dispute. John maintains a busy litigation practice at Gilbertson Davis and is its Managing Partner. Long persuaded of the benefits of ADR, John is prepared to consider appointments as Arbitrator or Arbitration counsel in select cases.

Hourly Rates: From $450 an hour, plus facilities and applicable taxes.
Languages: English

Dispute Resolution Philosophy / Pensées à propos du litige

Audi alteram partem – it’s about listening to the other side, but it’s also about making the other side try harder to think about what you’ve said.  One of Canada’s most recognized lawyers and legal commentators, Lee has prodded, persuaded and inspired a new generation of lawyers to see legal problems and disputes from previously unconsidered perspectives.  As a dispute resolution practitioner who has devoted a quarter century in the law to the toppling of conventions that get in the way of clarity, Lee will help you and your clients first decide how best to pursue a resolution of the dispute, in order chart a course from which parties can emerge believing justice has been served.

Audi alteram partem – écouter la partie opposée.  Or il faut que l’adversaire vous comprenne aussi.  Un des juristes les plus reconnus au Canada, Lee a persuadé, a convaincu et a inspiré une nouvelle génération d’avocats à visionner des problèmes et des contentieux par des nouvelles perspectives.  Un juriste qui a défié les conventions désuètes durant un quart de siècle, Lee vous aidera à planifier la route la plus efficace et la plus juste.


Roster arbitrator, Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) – Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association (CICMA) arbitration program under the Inter-Company Arbitration Agreement.

See firm bio page (français) and case list for details of Lee’s experience and subject areas of past litigation expertise.

Hourly Rates: $400.00 per hour, plus facilities and applicable taxes. Reductions considered for lawyers on retainers.
Languages: English / Français / Japanese (oral)


David 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.

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 arbitrations 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 arbitrations concerning:

  • Disputes between Professionals in Business (Legal, Dental, Architectural and Marine-Industry professionals)
  • Commercial Leasing and other Property Disputes
  • Distribution Agreement Disputes / International Sale of Goods Disputes
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Partnership, Shareholder and Joint Venture Disputes
  • Reinsurance Disputes
  • Marine, primarily large Cargo Claims and Charterparty disputes, but also arbitrations concerning delivery of new-buildings, sale of ships and in connection with large yachts.

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

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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