“My guiding principle as I built my practice and law firm was to always listen carefully to my client before providing advice. Often the answer to a problem, legal or otherwise, only becomes clear after careful consideration of various options. Not every legal problem requires a legal solution – I have always prided myself on my ability to provide practical advice and affordable options to my clients that minimize the potential for damage to family or business relationships.
Being a great lawyer requires many different skills: listening, evaluating, persuading and managing. I offer these skills to each of my clients and nothing gives me more satisfaction in my work than hearing that my advice and representation has been highly valued.”
- Called to the British Columbia Bar 1983
- LL.B. University of British Columbia 1982
- B.A. (Political Science) University of Victoria 1978
- Numerous legal education courses in all practice areas
David has more than 30 years experience as a lawyer, with extensive experience in Civil Litigation, Wills and Estates, Real Estate and Business Law. After running his own yacht charter business for several years, he worked as an associate lawyer at a boutique litigation firm, and then as a partner at a full-service Ladner law firm, before co-founding Severide Law in 1996.
David currently focuses his practice on providing sound legal and business advice to small and mid-size businesses, as well as helping individual clients create estate plans tailored to their needs that will protect and provide for their families in the event of death, illness or accident.
As part of a larger commitment to educating clients about their legal rights and issues, David is a frequent speaker at estate planning seminars. He has also published articles in community newspapers and has been a guest on radio talk shows.