Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration Chambers

Commercial Arbitrator
Banking Arbitrator | Finance Arbitrator
Complex Commercial Arbitration
Reasonable Fees with Good Availability

David Alderson, LL.B, LL.M (Commercial and Corporate Law)
Experienced and Qualified Arbitrator

David Alderson is an experienced, accredited and independent commercial arbitrator who has been appointed by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, in Toronto, and elsewhere, to adjudicate disputes in commercial arbitration matters. He offers appointment as a sole arbitrator at reasonable hourly rates and with good availability.


David has practiced law for over 40 years, in Ontario, London (U.K), Bermuda and Dubai. Since 1987, his practice has focused on both commercial arbitration and litigation.

He has practiced commercial arbitration in London (U.K), Bermuda and Dubai with leading global law firms since 1987. His commercial arbitration work has been diverse, including disputes in the construction, partnership and shareholders matters, sale of goods, international sale of goods, marine, oil industry, employment, business disputes, including within regulated professions.

David has practiced commercial arbitration in Ontario, Canada, focusing on international sale of goods, business disputes, commercial real estate disputes, commercial leasing  and condo disputes, as well as brokerage disputes.

Focused Arbitration Appointment

David accepts appointment is a wide array of commercial disputes.  His focus is in the following areas: commercial arbitration, franchise, sale of good and distribution disputes, business dispute, including partnership, shareholder and joint venture disputes, commercial leasing, condo, real estate and high value property disputes, marine, carriage of goods, logistics and transportation disputes , employment disputes, reinsurance disputes, IT and Tech disputes, and all contract disputes, including those involving delay claims and cancellation and termination.


David possess a LL.B (Osgoode) 1980 and a LL.M (Lond.) in Commercial and Corporate Law. He has completed the Gold Standard Course in Arbitration™ convened by the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, and has been accredited by the ADR Institute as a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb). David has completed each of the Foundations in Judicial Competencies Series, and the Adjudicative Tribunal Competency Series and has been granted a Certificate of Completion in each by the Ontario Bar Association.

David has often spoken at continuing education sessions, and provided statements to the legal press, on matters concerning commercial arbitration.

Roster Membership

David is an arbitrating full member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, the ADR Institute Of Ontario, and the Ontario Bar Association Remote Arbitration and  Mediation Services. He is on their arbitrating members rosters. David is on the Gilbertson Davis LLP Arbitration and Mediation Chambers Roster of Arbitrators.

Arbitration at Reasonable Fees  & Good Availability

Since 1987, David has supported commercial arbitration as a viable, efficient and  less expensive mode of commercial dispute resolution. He offers appointment at competitive hourly rates, depending on the monetary amount in dispute in the arbitration.

David can offer good availability from the First Meeting (usually with  seven (7) days of appointment) to the arbitration  hearing date. Using effective case management procedures he can move the arbitration forward to the arbitration hearing at the appropriate pace, and without delay that would be encountered in the courts.

David accepted appointment as a sole arbitrator and panel Arbitrator. He accepts appointment in ad hoc arbitration of disputes moved from the courts to arbitration. David offers expedited commercial arbitration.

He accepts appointments across Canada, from Chambers based in Toronto, Ontario.

Resume and Terms of Appointment

Terms of Appointment available on request from the Intake Coordinator

A sample Terms of Appointment can be downloaded here. The Password is available from the Intake Coordinator

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

Competitive Hourly Rates Offered, plus facilities and applicable taxes.

Languages: English

* Sole Arbitrator – $450.00 per hour, plus HST (does not include Panel Arbitrator, or a Sole Arbitrator that becomes a Panel Arbitrator)
Lower Rate if Disputes About $1 Million or Less