Biography

Daniel Reid is an associate with Harper Grey LLP.  Daniel grew up in Calgary and attended Carleton University in Ottawa to pursue a journalism degree.  After working in radio and television, he moved to Vancouver to attend law school in 2005.  He articled with Harper Grey LLP and following his call to the Bar of British Columbia in 2009, he joined the firm as an associate.

Daniel practices in the areas of defamation and privacy, insurance litigation and health law.  He has successfully obtained orders compelling websites to turn over the identity of anonymous commentators, injunctions restraining publication and an order to produce computers for forensic analysis.  He has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (in conjunction with Mr. Baynham, QC) in the leading case concerning liability attached to “hyperlinks”.

Daniel is a featured guest blogger for “The Stream”, published by Courthouse Libraries BC, sharing information on such topics as the tools he uses to find and preserve online evidence in matters alleging defamation and breach of privacy.  Daniel is a sought after speaker on legal/technological issues, including Facebook and Twitter, and has appeared on the Bill Good Show on local and national news programs, including CTV National News, CBC National News, and CKNW radio.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2008
  • Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 2004

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 2009

Leadership

  • Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association – BC Health Law Group
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Civil Litigation, Insurance and Health Law Subsections
  • Supervisor, Britannia Pro Bono Clinic – LSLAP - Law Students Legal Advice Program
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Law of BC Civil Chambers Duty Counsel Project
  • Member, Advocates Club

Media/Quotes 

  • Interviewed: CBC National News about hateful comments made on Twitter aimed at comedian and actress Leslie Jones – July 20, 2016
  • Interviewed: CKNW's Lynda Steele Show about online defamation and the consequences of online postings – April 22, 2016
  • Interviewed: CTV Vancouver News on recent BC Supreme Court ruling in defamation matter – April 22, 2016
  • Interviewed: CBC News Vancouver on Nova Scotia’s anti-cyberbullying law – August 27, 2015
  • Interviewed: CBC News Vancouver segment – Home Security Cameras: Invasion of neighbours’ privacy? – February 6, 2015
  • Interviewed: CBC News Vancouver on Expectation of Privacy – January 21, 2015
  • Headline: Legal Community Seeks Ruling to Curb Digital Shredding – The Lawyers Weekly – Article - May 1, 2012
  • Headline: BC Supreme Court orders Zoocasa to pay $32,000 to Real Estate Agents – The Vancouver Sun – Article – September 13, 2011
  • Headline: Social Media Creating Growing Business in Defamation – The Vancouver Sun – Article – January 21, 2011

Client Work

Daniel Reid focuses his practice in the areas of defamation and privacy, insurance litigation and health.

Defamation and Privacy Law

Daniel has acted as counsel in cases concerning allegations of libel by the media, online defamation, cyber-bullying, and invasion of privacy.  He has successfully obtained orders preventing publication of defamatory material, requiring production and forensic analysis of computer hard drives, and disclosure of anonymous online authors.  Below is a sample of defamation and privacy law cases in which Daniel has acted as counsel:

Mercer Gold Corporation (Nevada) v. Mercer Gold Corp. (B.C.), 2011 BCSC 1664
B.C. Civil Liberties Association v. Regina, 2012 BCPC 406
Pierce v. Canjex Publishing Ltd., 2011 BCSC 1503
Dosanjh v. Leblanc and St. Paul’s Hospital, 2011 BCSC 1660

In its decision on the use of internet hyperlinks in the case of Crookes v. Newton, the Supreme Court of Canada cites work by Daniel Reid about the ease with which reputation can be harmed online:

Crookes v. Newton, 2011 SCC 47

Health Law

Daniel has appeared as counsel in health law cases at the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Following are a number of health law cases in which Daniel has been involved as counsel:

Ediger v. Johnston, 2013 SCC 18
Cojocaru v. British Columbia Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, 2013 SCC 30
Roumanis v. Liebenberg, 2011 BCSC 278
Cowie v. Draper, 2010 BCSC 686
Maher v. Sutton, 2013 BCSC 1808

Insurance Law

Daniel also has an active insurance law practice and has acted as counsel in personal injury, professional negligence, and WorkSafe BC matters.  Below is a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal in which Daniel obtained a determination that an individual was a “worker” within the meaning of the Workers Compensation Act:

David Colin Andrews v. Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union and Neptune Insulated Pools Ltd., WCAT Decision Number: WCAT-2013-00994

 

 

 

 

 

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