David Kelman


 | Toronto

David Kelman is an associate in the Litigation Group at Cassels and a member of the firm’s Franchise Law Group and Securities Litigation Group. David has a broad commercial litigation practice with a particular emphasis on corporate, franchise and securities litigation. He adopts a practical and analytical approach to resolving disputes, with a focus on the client’s business needs and strategic objectives. David has a record of effective advocacy at all levels of court in Ontario, in arbitrations and before administrative bodies, including the Ontario Securities Commission.

David’s representative work includes:

  • Prosecuting and defending complex oppression proceedings and claims relating to breaches of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of corporate opportunities
  • Representing franchisors in a variety of disputes, including to restrict departing franchisees from breaching post-termination covenants and to enforce multi-jurisdictional master franchise agreements
  • Representing directors, officers and issuers in securities regulatory proceedings
  • Representing court-appointed receivers and managers, including in proceedings arising from shareholder disputes
  • Defending a financial institution in a price-fixing competition class action

Prior to studying law, David graduated with distinction from the H.B.A. Program at the Ivey Business School at Western University, with an emphasis on finance, economics and business strategy.

  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2015
  • H.B.A., Richard Ivey School of Business, 2011
  • Ontario, 2016
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society