David Eleff


A partner at SMR, David Eleff practices general civil litigation, acting for clients in a broad range of matters including personal injury, administrative law matters (including, professional regulation and disciplinary matters) and wills and estates litigation.  He has appeared at all levels of Court in British Columbia. David has achieved positive results for his clients in and out of the courtroom, including mediations, contested hearings, trials and appeals.

Originally from Manitoba, David practiced criminal defence in Winnipeg prior to moving out west in 2011.  Before joining SMR, David worked for one of British Columbia’s largest regulatory bodies as litigation counsel and prior to that, at a plaintiff personal injury firm.

David believes it is important to get to know his clients and goes to great lengths to ensure effective communication throughout the process.  Outside of the practice of law, David enjoys spending time with his young family, playing hockey and running the trails of North Vancouver.


  • LL.B., University of Manitoba, 2008
  • B.A., University of Winnipeg, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Manitoba, 2009
  • British Columbia, 2011
  • Best Lawyers in Canada™ Personal Injury, 2024
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Athletics 4 Kids

Muldoe v. Red Chris et al, 2020 BCSC 1966 aff’d  2021 BCCA 199, Obtained judgment striking the plaintiff’s claims for malfeasance in public office and intentional interference with contractual relations against a public body and an employee of the public body

Ahluwalia v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board), 2021 BCSC 399, Successfully defended a judicial review application of a tribunal decision relating to a claim of workplace bullying and harassment

McLaren v. Workers’ Compensation Board of BC, 2021 BCHRT 111, Successfully brought an application to strike the complainant’s claim of discrimination under the Human Rights Code

WCB v. Seattle Environmental Consulting, 2019 BCSC 1862, aff’d 2020 BCCA 365; Prosecuted an asbestos abatement company and its directing mind for civil contempt, resulting in the imposition of a custodial sentence

British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Board) v. Barring2020 BCSC 1174, Obtained permanent injunctive relief prohibiting an individual from carrying on business in the asbestos abatement industry

Baun v. British Columbia (AG), 2019 BCSC 836, Successfully brought an application to strike the plaintiff’s petitions for judicial review of several tribunal decisions relating to her claim for compensation

Provost v. Bolton, 2017 BCSC 1608, Judgment obtained apportioning liability to the RCMP and others for a police chase of a stolen vehicle that resulted in a motor vehicle collision and serious injuries to the plaintiff (varied on appeal 2020 BCCA 86)

Thorogood v. Roberts, 2014 BCSC 2213, Successful at a taxation hearing before a Registrar of a contested Bill of Costs and Disbursements relating to a motor vehicle collision claim for injuries and losses

Fifi v. Robinson, 2012 BCSC 1378, Successfully represented the plaintiff at trial for injuries and losses stemming from a motor vehicle collision

David Eleff

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