Bright, David J. Q.C.

  Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
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David is Counsel and practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Military Law, Personal Injury Law and Police Discipline. He has a Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5, reflecting his abilities in the practice of law as judged by his peers.

Over the years, David has made an impression on his peers. Major J. Jason Samson, Deputy Judge Advocate, has made special note of the outstanding contribution of David Bright, Q.C. to the military justice system. As well, David has been included in the Best Lawyers® annual publication, The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006. 

David served in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Canadian Navy and is currently a Director for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society. He is the former Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Lesotho, South Africa.



  • 1969 – 1972: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • 2018 - Present: Counsel, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1981 – 2017: Senior Litigation Partner, BOYNECLARKE LLP, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1972 – 1981: Associate and later Partner, Claman, Dietrich, Clark, Bright & Clarke Barristers & Solicitors, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 1967 – 1972: Instructor in Communications, Great Lakes Naval Training Centre for Reserve Forces, Royal Canadian Navy and Naval Control of Shipping Officer, Maritime Command Headquarters, Halifax as summer employment during University
  • 1960 – 1967: Member Royal Canadian Navy, served as aircrew with Fleet Air Arm flying from HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Shearwater and USS Essex


  • Honourary Colonel – 12 Air Maintenance Squadron, 12 Wing Shearwater
  • Director - Canadian Council of Criminal Defence lawyers
  • Former Member Law School Liaison Committee; 
  • Former Member of the faculty for the Federation of Law Societies National Criminal Law Program
  • Chairman - Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Liaison Committee (former)
  • Member - Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Criminal Justice
  • Member - Qualifications Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (former)
  • Member – International Association of Prosecutors (former)
  • Inquiry Commissioner - Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission into allegations of racial bias and prejudice
  • Chairman of various arbitration boards under the Trade Union Act
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association National Criminal Recodification Task Force
  • Chairman - Canadian Bar Association National Committee on Code of Judicial Conduct
  • Chairman – Military Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Head of Campus Police for Dalhousie University
  • Member of Zeta Psi fraternity
  • Liaison for students with Halifax City Police


  • Special Advisor- Board of Directors, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society
  • Vestry Committee Member (Former), Emmanuel Anglican Church, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Director (Former), Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Atlantic)
  • Former Member - Nova Scotia Naval Officers' Association (former


  • Head of Campus Police for Dalhousie University
  • Member of Zeta Psi Fraternity
  • Liaison for students with Halifax City Police


  • Book - "Search and Seizure" in From Crime to Punishment, Carswell, Toronto;
  • Paper - "Role of Civilian Counsel in Military Matters" - Atlantic Personnel Administrators Conference - CFB Shearwater
  • Paper - "Role of Plaintiff's Counsel in the Insurance Industry" - Claims Examiners and Adjusters Conference - Halifax
  • Paper - "Legal Aspects of Drugs in the Workplace" - Maritime Conference of Pharmacologists and Employers - Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • Paper - "Search Warrants - Standards for Issue" Criminal Law Conference - Canadian Bar Association, Halifax
  • Paper - "Estate Practice" - SSIP Administrators, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia;
  • Paper - "The Reluctant Witness - Preparing for Court" - Canadian Bar Association - Halifax
  • Paper - "Disclosure - Crown Positions" Federal Prosecutors Annual Conference - Mount St. Vincent University - Halifax
  • Paper - "Independence in the Military Judiciary after Baker" - Regional Legal Workshop - Office of Judge Advocate General - St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Paper - "Legal Aspects of Marriage" - Roman Catholic Military Diocese - Halifax
  • Paper - "Military Justice System - Enforcement of the Code of Service Discipline" - Commanding Officers Conference - Nova Scotia Militia District - Halifax
  • Paper - "Charter of Rights" Senior N.C.O.'s Conference - Camp Aldershot M.T.C. - Kentville
  • Paper - "Preparation for the Defence of a Case" Regional Legal Workshop - Office of the Judge Advocate General – Halifax
  • Paper - "Preparation for Court and Cross Examination" -continuing lectures to Senior Investigators, Military Police for Atlantic Canada, and Dartmouth City Police


  • Canadian Military Justice – RAF Club, London, England
  • Expert Evidence – Directorate of Defence Counsel Services, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Expert Evidence – Forensic Scientists RCMP Laboratory, Halifax - 2008
  • Expert Evidence – Forensic Scientists National Conference, Halifax, NS – 2008
  • Military Law – CBA, Ottawa – 2009
  • Presented evidence with respect to Bill C-25 and sentencing at the Nova Scotia Criminal Lawyers Association meeting on 20 November 2009, at Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in Canada published by Best Lawyers® (2006-2018)
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5
  • Canadian Forces Decorations and Bar
  • Director - Board of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers (2007)
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel 1991
  • Former Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Lesotho, Africa 
  • Appointed Standing Agent for Public Prosecution Service (Canada)
  • Appointed Standing Agent for Public Prosecution Service (Nova Scotia)
  • Chair – Military Affairs Committee – Ottawa (2 Terms)
  • Member – Task Force for Military Rules of Court
  • Member - Rules Committee for Court Martial Appeals Court of Canada


  • Lecture in Ethics in Criminal Law Nova Scotia Barristers' Society at Bar Admission Courses
  • Lecture in Advocacy Nova Scotia Barristers' Society for Bar Admission Courses
  • Lecture to various police forces within the Province from time to time in relation to the Criminal Justice System
  • Lecture – Fire Marshall’s School, Acadia University
  • Lecture in civil litigation - Saint Mary's University


  • The Supreme Court of Canada, Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Nova Scotia Appeal Court - Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, County Court of Nova Scotia, Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, Family Court of Nova Scotia, Provincial Court of New Brunswick, Canada Labour Relations Board and Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and various Military Tribunals;
  • Dickson Inquiry into Military Justice
  • Somalia Commission of Inquiry, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Wrongful Police Death – Sydney, Nova Scotia – Inquiry, Police Review Board
  • Nunn Inquiry re: Youth Criminal Justice System
  • January 2005 – Address the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada - Installation Ceremony of Justice Edmond P. Blanchard as the new Chief Justice and retiring Chief Justice Barry Strayer


  • Chairman of an arbitration panel dealing with grievances under Collective Agreements involving City Workers and Police Officers
  • Counsel at arbitrations both for management and for unions
  • Appearances before the Canada Labour Relations Board on several occasions including the granting of geographic certification to a union in the Port of Halifax