David W. Pilley

DIRECT: 604 895 2834


Areas of Practice


David Pilley is a partner at Harper Grey. His practice focuses primarily on the defence of physicians in civil and administrative matters. David is one of our main internal experts on matters involving medical litigation as it involves mental health law.

David has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, and has represented clients at inquests and other administrative proceedings.


  • University of British Columbia, B.Comm., 1986
  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1989

 Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 1989


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Civil Litigation and Insurance Law Subsections
  • Speaker, University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine on "Orthopaedic Medical-Legal Matters", May 2011
  • Speaker, St. Paul's Hospital Cardiology Group on "Informed Consent", January 2011
  • Leader, "Practice Survival Skills" workshop presented by the UBC Faculty of Medicine, May 2010
  • Speaker, Vancouver General Hospital Grand Rounds on "Mental Health Law", September 2009'
  • Member, Medical-Legal Society of BC


  • Recognized by Lexpert Canada as a Leading Practitioner in the area of medical negligence defence


Client Work

Health Law

David has successfully defended physicans in the following matters:

  • Alleged wrongful certification under the Mental Health Act, Mullins v. Leby et al
  • An allegation of negligent obstetrical care, Mikhail v. Odulio et al
  • An allegation that a surgeon cause nerve damage to the plaintiff's lower leg during surgery, MacNeil v. Younger
  • Alleged delay of diagnosis of appendicitis, Ewart v. Hogan
  • Alleged failure to diagnose adult onset of Still's Disease, Shannahan v. Johnson
  • Alleged vascular injury occuring during gall bladder removal surgery, Brock v. Anderson

Insurance Law

  • The successful defence of an arbitration result on appeal, Hanna  Collision Repair v. ICBC
  • David has handled many cases on behalf of the Insurance Corporation of BC where it seeks to recover debt from bankrupt individuals who have committed criminal acts such as fraud and impaired driving. He has successfully barred the debt to ICBC from being included in the discharge from bankruptcy, recovering funds for the corporation in matters such as Sidhu, Diaz and Thompson




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