David W. Pilley

DIRECT: 604 895 2834


Areas of Practice


David Pilley is a partner at Harper Grey. David’s practice focuses primarily on the defence of physicians in civil and administrative matters. David also maintains an insurance based practice, with a focus on fire loss, and has experience in commercial litigation and bankruptcy 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 and Former Board Member, Medical-Legal Society of BC
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Civil Litigation and Insurance Law Subsections
  • Contributor, Contemporary Canadian Insurance Law Casebook, 2015, Published by LexisNexis Canada



  • Speaker, “Medical Legal Issues Affecting Surgeons,” Vancouver General Hospital, June 2016
  • Speaker, “Defending Personal Injury,” Continuing Legal Education, February 2016
  • Speaker, “Causation in Medical Negligence,”  Continuing Legal Education, May 2015
  • Speaker, “Program on Medical Issues for Lawyers,” Continuing Legal Education, March 2014  
  • Speaker, “Legal Issues Surrounding Anticoagulation Therapy," November 2012 
  • Speaker, "Orthopedic Medical-Legal Matters,” University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine, May 2011
  • Speaker, "Informed Consent,” St. Paul's Hospital Cardiology, January 2011
  • Leader, "Practice Survival Skills" workshop presented by the UBC Faculty of Medicine, May 2010
  • Speaker, "Mental Health Law,” Vancouver General Hospital, September 2009

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 caused 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
  • Alleged fault for spinal surgery complication, Austin v. Joaquin
  • Alleged failure to certify under the Mental Health Act, Briante (Litigation guardian of) v. Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Alleged failure to perform correct surgery, Cochran v. Hunter
  • Allegation of fault relating to psychiatric medication, Chancey v. McKinstry  
  • Alleged failure in reporting on radiological studies, Drage v. Page
  • Alleged defamation, Fairview Management Services Ltd. V. Ryeburn

Insurance Law

David has represented insurers and their insureds in a number of matters, including:

  • Allegation of occupiers liability, Sheridan v. Donschenko 
  • Allegation of brain injury and other injuries following a motor vehicle accident, Karim v. Sangha
  • Alleged wrongful breach by an insurer, Oughton v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia
  • Allegation of a wrongful failure to transfer title to a vehicle, Yu v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia
  • Allegation of wrongful denial of coverage under a homeowner’s policy, Peebles v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.

Bankruptcy Law 

David has handled many cases on behalf of the Insurance Corporation of BC in which it sought to recover debt from bankrupt individuals, many of whom were alleged to have committed criminal acts or fraud. He has been successful in obtaining orders that such debt survive bankruptcy. His cases include: 

  • Re Thompson
  • Re Schmidt 
  • Re Sidhu
  • Re Diaz 

Commercial Law

David has successfully represented a number of clients in commercial litigation. This representation has included: 

  • Defended an appeal from commercial arbitration award, Hanna Collision Repair (1984) Ltd. v. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia 
  • Successfully upheld the constitutionality of a municipal gravel levy (as co-counsel), Coquitlam (City) v. Construction Aggregates Ltd. 
  • Enforcement of a commercial option to purchase, Inland Shake and Shingle Ltd. v. Janbar Enterprises Ltd.




July 1, 2016
Insurance Law Update July 2016
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Aaron Atkinson, Kora Paciorek, David Pilley
June 1, 2016
Insurance Law Update June 2016
Insurance Newsletter
May 1, 2016
Insurance Law Update - May 2016
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Cameron Elder, David Pilley
April 1, 2016
Insurance Law Update, April 2016
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Aaron Atkinson, Kora Paciorek, David Pilley
March 1, 2016
February 1, 2016
Insurance Law Update, February 2016
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: David Pilley, Raylene Smith
January 1, 2016
Insurance Law Update, January 2016
Insurance Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Aaron Atkinson, Cameron Elder, David Pilley
December 1, 2015
November 1, 2015
November 1, 2015
Administrative Law Observer, November 2015
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Kara Hill, David Pilley, Nathaniel Turner
August 1, 2015
Insurance Law Update August 2015
Insurance Newsletter
April 1, 2014
March 1, 2014
February 1, 2014
January 1, 2014
December 1, 2013