David J. Wachowich Q.C., LL.B., B.A., Partner

David has represented clients in civil actions since the mid-1980s, particularly in the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

David offers experienced legal counsel in all aspects of civil litigation. He has focused on insurance litigation, and, more recently on corporate litigation, general aviation, contracts, energy, intellectual property, and professional liability.

Chambers and Partners, in ranking David amongst the leading General Commercial litigation lawyers in Alberta in 2018, noted his recognized "broad skill-set in commercial litigation". Their sources described him as a "steady, thoughtful attorney". The scope of his experience is reflected in the representative work, publications and presentations, recognitions, professional affiliations, and community involvement detailed in the tabs above.

Professional Affiliations

Student Member, Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London, 2017 and forward

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013 and forward

American Bar Association, 2010 and forward

Cambridge Lectures Participant, Canadian Institute of Advance Legal Studies, Cambridge, England, 2007

Alberta Director, Canadian Defence Lawyers, 2000-2003

Executive Committee Member - Milner Fenerty 1993-1996

Law Society of Alberta Committee Member, 1993-1995 Civil Practice Advisory, 1996-1999 Professional Responsibility

Edmonton Bar Association Director, 1986-1989

President of the Law Student’s Association, University of Alberta Class of 1983

  • Civil Contempt: Piikani Nation et al, Kostic, Sep 11 2019 (Nation, J.)
  • Leave for Third Party Proceedings: Piikani Nation et al, various, Sep 2019 (Rooke, A.C.J.)
  • Arbitral Jurisdiction: Canada Life Assurance v 719491 Alberta Inc., Aug 15 2019 (Arbitral Panel)
  • Buy-Sell Shotgun Interpretation: Costello v RedCity Creative Agency Inc. et al, Aug 6 2019 (C.M. Jones, J.)
  • D&O Coverage Interpretation: Peyto Exploration & Development Corp. et al v Continental Casualty Company et al, Apr 4 2019 (Farrington, Master)
  • Injunctive Remedies/Passing Off: Ranchman's Holdings Inc. et al v Bull Bustin ' et al, Mar 28 2019
  • Evidence Sealing Order: Ranchman's Holdings Inc. et al v Bull Bustin' et al, Feb 5 2019 (Eamon, J.)
  • Limitations Act Interpretation: Condominium Corporation 0812755 v IBI Group Inc. et al, Jan 30 2019 (Robertson, Master)
  • Appeal Classification: McMullen v Norton Rose Fulbright LLP et al, ABCA, Sep 14 2018 (O'Ferrall, J.A.)
  • Summary Dismissal/Indemnity Agreement: Cor/Murray v STARS/Landmark Aviation June 26, 2018 (Master Farrington)
  • Counsel Disqualification: Funk v Funk, ABQB Mar 16 2018 (Anderson, J.)
  • Counsel Disqualification: McMullen v Norton Rose Fulbright LLP et al, ABQB Apr 27 2018 (Horner, J.)
  • Insurance Act Umpire Appraisal Award review: State Farm v 143225 Alberta Ltd., ABCA, Apr 18 2018 (Wakeling J., et al)
  • Intervenor status – On-ice Injuries: Henderson v Wideman, Calgary Sports d.b.a. Calgary Flames, et al [NHLPA], ABQB Nov 6 2017 (Wilson, J.)
  • Products Liability - Forum Selection Clause Enforcement – Jurisdiction: Gould Stainless Products Ltd. v. Zorzini S.p.A., Alta. Q.B., October 21, 2013 (Master Laycock)
  • Mining Dispute - Jurisdiction: Piscedda Mining Corporation Inc. et al v Crew Gold Corporation et al, 2011 Yukon Supreme Court Whitehorse Reg. 10-A0090 (Kent, J.)
  • Underinsured Coverage: Olchowy v ING Insurance Co. of Canada (2011), [2011] I.L.R. I-5180, 2011 ABQB 463, 2011 CarswellAlta 1272 (Strekaf, J.)
  • Municipal liability for roadway design: Southland Transportation Ltd. v Calgary (City) 2008 ABCA 321 (Alta. C.A.), leave to SCC refused March 2009: Steele v Burgos 2010 ABQB 327 (Jeffrey, J.)
  • Contractual Limitation of Liability – Interpretation: FEM02 Water Inc. v Canadian Pacific Railway Company et al, Masters ABQB 2007, ABQB 2009, (Sullivan, J.), and ABCA 2010
  • Medical Malpractice: Rendek et al v Dufresne et al ABQB 2006 (Burrows, J.)
  • Costs Formal Offer: Rendek et al v Dufresne et al ABQB 2006 (Burrows, J.)
  • Civil Jury Trial Application Guidelines: Shaw v Zarn ABQB 2006 (Rooke, J.)
  • Liability Train/Semi-Trailer Collision: Canadian Pacific Railway v Schneider’s Trucking Ltd. (Masters ABQB 2005)
  • Summary Judgment: Marion v Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (2005) ABQB 281, 2005 CarswellAlta 487 (Alta. Q.B.), Alta. C.A.
  • Inspection Procedure: Aftergood v Alberta (Minister of Municipal Affairs)(2005) ABCA 170, [2005] A.J. No. 706 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Professional Liability, Pre-Trial Matters: Berglund-Jaster v Vincelli ABQB 2004 (Kent J.)
  • Property Loss, Counterclaim, Procedure: Marion v Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (2003) ABQB 767, 22 Alta. L.R. (4th) 107 (Alta. Q.B.), Marion v Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (2004) ABCA 213, 354 A.R. 12, 329 W.A.C. 12, [2004] I.L.R. 1-4317, 27 Alta. L.R. (4th) 201, 11 C.C.L.I. (4th) 52, [2004] 9 W.W.R. 533, 2004 CarswellAlta 900 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Liability, Quantum: Jones v Cheesebrough (2003) ABQB 196, 2003 CarswellAlta 383 (Alta. Q.B.), [2003] A.J. No. 324
  • Negotiable Instruments, Promissory Note: Pembridge Insurance v Jones ABQB 2003 (Lomas, J.)
  • Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia: Byron v Cabrera (2003) ABQB 347, [2003] A.J. No. 528 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Quantum: Peters v Stirling [2001] A.J. No. 1232 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Liability: Marchand and Wagstaff v Johnston, Allied (2001) CarswellBC 2607, 2001 B.C.S.C. 1375
  • Summary Judgment, Indemnity Claim: McAvoy v Pied Pickle ABCA 2000
  • Appeal on Liability: Evans v Aschacker  ABCA 1999
  • Damages Assessment: Tiberio v Al-Houari ABQB 1999 (Lovecchio, J.)
  • Duty to Defend: ESA Holdings Ltd. v Royal Insurance Company (1998)  CarswellAlta 449, 223 A.R. 127, 183 W.A.C. 127 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Hotelkeeper's Liability: Temple v T&C Motor Hotel Ltd. et al (1998) CarswellAlta 86, 213 A.R. 362 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Motor Vehicle - Liability: Evans v Aschacker ABQB 1998 (McIntyre, J.)
  • Policy Coverage: Canada West Insurance Company v Weiss (1996), 41 Alta. L.R. (3d) 429, 36 C.C.L.I. (2d) 249, [1996] 9 W.W.R. 386, 188 A.R. 171, [1997] I.L.R. 1-3387 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Liability: Regina v Aschacker (Alta. Prov. Ct.)
  • Gross Negligence, Intervenor Costs: Jones v Green & Klopp (1995), 26 Alta. L.R. (3d) 268, 9 M.V.R. (3d) 115, [1995] 4 W.W.R. 118, 162 A.R. 217, 83 W.A.C. 217 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Coverage and Defence Obligations, Conflict: P.C.S. Investments Ltd. v Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. (1996), 37 Alta. L.R. (3d) 38, 34 C.C.L.I. (2d) 113, 178 A.R. 274, 110 W.A.C. 274, [1996] I.L.R. 1-3308 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Statute of Frauds, Injunction: Lobsinger v Isbister [1995] A.J. No. 374 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Duty to Defend: P.C.S. Investments Ltd. v Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. (1994), 18 Alta. L.R. (3d) 270, 25 C.C.L.I. (2d) 119, 153 A.R. 187, A.J. No. 204 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Personal Injury, Damages: Ferguson v Varzari (1994), 156 A.R. 33 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Medical Evidence: Bilinski v Wangerin (1993) 15 Alta. L.R. (3d) 100, 147 A.R. 211, [1994] 3 W.W.R. 379, 27 C.P.C. (3d) 346, A.J. No. 1019 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Underinsured Motorist Insurer Entitlement to Defend: Jones v Green and Klopp (1993), 149 A.R. 63, 63 W.A.C. 63, A.J. No. 954 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Paraplegic-Liability and Damages: Jones v Green and Klopp (1993), 15 Alta. L.R. (3d) 26, 147 A.R. 1999, A.J. No. 1023 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Injunction: Richards v Liberal Party of Canada ABQB 1993 (Virtue, J.)
  • Motor Vehicle Accident-Liability, Damages:  Korpela v March (1993), 9 Alta. L.R. (3d) 117, 138 A.R. 179 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Personal Injury, Occupiers' Liability, Damages: Carlson v Maxwell Taylor's Restaurant Ltd. [1993] A.J. No. 647 (McLoed, J.)
  • Motor Vehicle Liability: R. v Evans (1993), 44 M.V.R. (2d) 274, [1992] A.J. No. 124 (Alta. Prov. Ct.)
  • Personal Injury Damages: Smith v Armstrong (1991), 1 Alta. L.R. (3d) 13, 123 A.R. 285 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Dangerous Driving: R. v Hyslop ABQB 1992
  • National Parks Property Lease: Kurdar Holdings Ltd. v Attorney General Canada  ABQB 1991 (Brennan, J.)
  • Wills Interpretations: Re Gardner Estate [1991], 85 Alta. L.R. (2d) 119, A.J. No. 1247 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Specific Performance – Aircraft Sale: Sunflower Airlines (Fiji) Inc. v. King Air, (1990) Alta. QB, (Montgomery, J.)
  • Waiver and Estoppel: Ryl v Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co. (1988) Alta. L.R. (2d) 281, 32 C.C.L.I. 1, 91 A.R. 163, [1988] I.L.R. 1-2362 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Contract, Injunction: Reed and Manderich v Canadian Football League (1988) 62 Alta. L.R. (2d) 347 (Alta. Q.B.), [1988] A.J. No. 1236
  • Waiver of Privilege: Warwick v Associated Engineering Services Ltd. [1988] A.J. No. 461 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Strict Liability, Fire Loss, Damages: Schnell v Grande ABQB 1987 (Andrekson, J.)
  • Summary Judgment: Hunchak Estate v Bandura (1987), 83 A.R. 262 (Alta. Masters)
  • Fire Loss: Food Giant Markets Ltd. v Watson Leaseholds Ltd. (1987), 43 C.C.L.T. 152, A.J. No. 1125 (Alta. Q.B.)
  • Northwest Territories Air Crash, Insurer Liability: Inuvik Coastal Airways Ltd. v Madill (1987), 27 C.C.L.I. 27, 43 D.L.R. (4th) 761, 55 Alta. L.R. (2d) 244, 81 A.R. 304 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Striking of Action: Gupta v Halifax Insurance ABCA 1986
  • Labour and Material Payment Bond: Jed Construction Ltd. v Canadian Surety Company (1986), (Alta. Prov. Ct.)
  • Procedure: Clif-Den Holdings Ltd. v Automated Concrete Ltd. (1986), 73 A.R. 236 (Alta. Masters)
  • Arson: Welygan v Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company et al [1985] A.J. 386 (Feehan, J.)
  • Paraplegic - Damages: Hohol v Pickering (1984), 30 Alta. L.R. (2d) 333, 51 A.R. 321, [1984] 3 W.W.R. 673 (Alta. C.A.)
  • Security Enforcement: Camco Inc. v Swertz Bros. Construction Ltd. (1984), 33 Alta. L.R. (2d) 69, 56, A.R. 127 (Alta. Q.B.)

Presenter, University of Calgary Law School, Law 508-Negotiation and Judicial Dispute Resolution, January 2019

Author, The Advocate, "Nos Disparus - Clinton W. Ford", Vol. 76, Part 4, July 2018

Presenter, Business Law – Professional Liability Considerations, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Business Law Program, Lake Louise, May 6, 2018

Presenter, Blue Goose Alberta Pond 100th Anniversary Address, Calgary, March 10, 2018

Presenter, University of Calgary Law School, Law 508-Negotiation, January 2018

Presenter, Pembina Pipeline Corporation, "Protecting Privilege In-House", with Jordan Milne, November 2017

Presenter, "Neuroscience as Expert Evidence in Canadian Courts", co-authored by David Wachowich and Jared Craig, Craig Law Firm, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Civil Litigation Program, Lake Louise, April 28, 2014

Presenter, with forensic engineer Craig Good, Collision Analysis, "The Retainer and Instruction of an Accident Reconstruction Expert", co-authored by David Wachowich, Craig Good and Michael Oxman, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Calgary/Edmonton, March 10/12, 2014

Presenter "From Below the Earth to Around the World: Managing the Multijurisdictional Issues Related to Pursuing Mining Claims in the Mining Industry", paper entitled An Introduction to Recent International Mining Project Expropriations, American Bar Association: International Law Section, Dublin, Ireland, October 12, 2011

Presenter, “Specific Legislative Changes to Alberta Automobile Insurance”, re Bill 11, paper delivered to Legal Education Society of Alberta, Edmonton and Calgary, November 13 & 20, 2008

Presenter, “Medical Negligence in Alberta: General Principles and The Failure to Diagnose, Inform, and Refer”, March 27, 2007

Presenter, “Minor Injury & No Fault Legislative Changes: Overview and Comment (Bill 53)”, paper delivered to the Legal Education Society of Alberta, September 14 & 21, 2004

Presenter, “Recent Cases on Damages Assessment”, paper delivered to the Canadian Defence Lawyers Western Regional Meeting, Calgary, November 20, 2003

Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Document Production Update Seminars, Edmonton and Calgary, January 22 & 29, 2003

Presenter, “Pre-Trial Waiver of Privilege and Disclosure of an Expert’s File in Alberta”, paper delivered to Canadian Institute, December 9 & 10, 2002

Co-Chair, Canadian Defence Lawyers Western Regional Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, “Current Defence Issues”, November 8, 2001

Presenter, “Inter-jurisdictional Issues: The Alberta Perspective”, paper delivered to the Canadian Defence Lawyers Western Regional Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 29, 2001

Chair, Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch Mid-Winter meetings, Insurance Law Panel Presentation, January 28, 2000

Panelist, LEXPERT, Difficult Spinal Cord and Nerve Damage Claims seminar, October 21, 1999

Presenter, Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters, Kananaskis Convention Address, May 28, 1999

Presenter, "Bad Faith, Section B files, and Whiten v. Pilot”, paper delivered to the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association meetings, Red Deer, April 28, 1999

Presenter, “Trends in Recent Alberta Damages Awards”, paper delivered to LEXPERT, State-of-the-Art personal Injury Damages, April 16, 1999

Presenter, “Claims Review”, paper delivered to Independent Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta, March 16, 1999

Presenter, “Case Law Update: Causation and the Butterfly’s Wing”, paper delivered to LEXPERT, Difficult Personal Injury Claims, June 5, 1997

Presenter, “Report on Advertising”, paper delivered to the Law Society of Alberta, Professional Responsibility Committee, Sub-Committee on Ethics & The New Technology, March, 1997

Presenter, “Cross-Examination of Treating Physicians: A Defence Perspective”, paper delivered to the Legal Education Society of Alberta, Medicine for Lawyers, September 18, 1996

Presenter, “Lawyers and Advertising”, paper delivered to the Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters, April 15, 1996

Presenter, “Motor Vehicle Accidents Claims Involving Children: Liability Update”, paper delivered to the Canadian Institute, Child Personal Injury Claims, January 8, 1996

Presenter, “Municipal Liability for Damage from Floods”, paper delivered to the Southern Alberta Insurance Claims Managers Association, January 3, 1996

Presenter, “Fake Reality Coming to a Courtroom Near You: Admissibility of Computer Animated Accident Reconstruction Evidence”, paper delivered to the Canadian Institute, Accident Reconstruction, September 1995

Presenter, “Fibromyalgia and Litigation”, paper delivered to University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Education Seminar for Practising Physicians, May, 1995

Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Sessional Chair, “Insurance Law Update”, April 23-26, 1995

Presenter, “Mitigation Update”, paper delivered to the Canadian Institute, Chronic Pain and Personal Injury Claims in Alberta, February 20, 1995

Presenter, Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters, Kananaskis Convention Address, May 28, 1993

Presenter, “Defending Insureds Under Non-Waiver Agreements and Adding Insurers as Third Parties by Order”, paper delivered at the Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Subsection meeting, February 17, 1993

Presenter, “Recent Developments in the Law on Arson”, International Association of Arson Investigators, March 11, 1992

Presenter, Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters, Jasper Convention Address, May 12, 1989

Recognized by the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, 2018, as "Consistently Recommended" for commercial insurance litigation

Best Lawyers' 2018 Calgary Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"

American College of Trial Lawyers, Alberta Chair, 2016-2018

American College of Trial Lawyers, Alberta Vice-Chair, 2014-2015

Recipient of a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for service to Canada

Identified in Best Lawyers of Canada, from 2010 forward, as one of Canada's leading lawyers in insurance law, Woodward White Inc.

Recognized by the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory, from 2009 forward, as one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers in commercial insurance litigation and products liability litigation

Recommended by Chambers Global: The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, from 2010 forward, in the fields of Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2006

Director – L'Arche Calgary, 2017 and 2018

St. James Catholic Parish Syrian Family Adoption Committee, Finance, 2015-2018

Calgary Red Mass Organizing Committee, 2015 and forward

St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild of Calgary, 2015 and forward

Member, Savile Club, London, 2014 and forward

Chair, Laurier Club (Southern Alberta), 2008-2010

Director of the Alberta Ballet, 2004-2007

Past President of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta, 1999-2001

Past President of the Honourable Order of the Blue Goose International (Alberta Pond), 2000-2001

Assistant Coach, Trailswest and Glenlake Minor Hockey Associations

Assistant Coach, Calgary West Little League baseball

Coach, Cal-Glen and Tri-West Soccer Leagues

Assistant Coach, CalWest Bantam Basketball

Contact Information

403 776 0505

Areas of Expertise




Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Oil & Gas

Professional Liability

Year of Call

1984 (Alberta)
2001 (British Columbia)


University of Alberta, LL.B., 1983

University of Alberta, B.A. (with Distinction), 1980