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About David

David Eaton is an experienced litigator and dispute resolution lawyer. Understanding that each dispute, like the people involved, is unique, he takes an objective, problem-solving approach to achieve a timely resolution.

A partner in our St. John’s office, David’s practice is focused in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, criminal defence, defamation and media law, class action litigation and product liability law. He has been recognized in these practice areas by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 and is ranked in Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading litigation and professional liability practitioner. He is also listed as a Provincial Litigation Star under class action and commercial law in Benchmark Canada.

David’s litigation expertise extends to quasi-criminal defence, professional liability, contractual disputes, constitutional law, insurance claims, sexual abuse claims, occupational health and safety and professional regulation. He regularly appears before all levels of court throughout Newfoundland, as well as many professional disciplinary bodies.

As an active member of the Law Society of Newfoundland, David serves as the long-time chair of the Bar Admission Committee, the section head of Criminal Law and Advocacy Sections of the Bar Admission Program and is a member of both the Education and Complaints Authorization Committees. He also belongs to the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and the Canadian Bar Association.

David is the Honourary Solicitor for the Royal Canadian Legion Newfoundland and Labrador Command. He served over 15 years as an adjudicator for Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Public Complaints Commission. He was a public member of the Newfoundland and Labrador District Council of Investment Dealers Association, and now serves as the Chair of the Hearing Committee for Newfoundland for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). He spent 26 years as a faculty member of the Federation of Law Society’s National Criminal Law Program and taught criminal law and procedure in the Criminology Certificate Program at Memorial University of Newfoundland for 32 years.


  • LL.B., Queen's University (1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Newfoundland & Labrador (1980)


  • English