Biography

David I. Bristow, Q.C., L.S.M., C.Arb.

David Bristow earned his B.A. at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and his LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School. He was formerly a partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain (now Dentons), where he headed the Construction Law Group. He was the Founding Chairman of the Ontario Bar Association’s Construction Law Section and is a past Chairman of the Canadian Bar Association’s Construction Law Section.

David is co-author of the leading textbook on construction law in Canada. He sits on the editorial boards of Construction Law Letter and Construction Law Reports, and was a frequent contributor to Daily Commercial News and many other publications.

David’s mediation and arbitration cases include Confederation Bridge, Windsor-Detroit tunnel, Halifax International Airport, major highways in Canada, co-generation power plants, stadiums, ocean cargo-loading equipment, Internet gambling, diamond vendors, hotels, nickel mines, a nuclear power plant in China, offshore land development in the Caribbean, oil-drilling rigs in Cuba, and schools in Grand Cayman. He was the Fairness Monitor for a bridge project for the government of British Columbia.

David is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators and sits on its Commercial and Construction panels. He is a Mediation and Arbitration panel member of the International Chamber of Commerce, a Mediation and Arbitration panel member of the Center for Public Resources’ Institute for Dispute Resolution, and a member of the International Academy of Mediators. He is a member of the Swiss Dispute Board Federation, a charter member of Mediators Beyond Borders, and a founding member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.

David is a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award and was cited by the American Arbitration Association as a world-renowned specialist in the field of ADR. He was named in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, acknowledged as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada by Lexpert (USA), and included in the list of Best Lawyers in Canada, the Financial Post’s list of best lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal.

David is also a recipient of the Law Society of Upper Canada Medal (Ontario) and, with it, the designation LSM. In 2002, he received the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II. In December of that year, he was the first lawyer to receive the Giffin Award, given by the construction industry for outstanding service to that industry.

In 2018 and for 2019, recognition has been given to David Bristow in Who’s Who Legal (WWL) being identified as among the foremost legal practitioners and consulting experts in the category of Construction, Mediation and Arbitration.

David is a prolific author and a frequent lecturer in Canada, the United States, Cuba, Barbados, and Mexico.