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David McHugh

We provide insights, analyses, access, and strategy services to some of the world’s best and nimblest businesses – all underpinned by out of the box thinking and high quality legal work.


David’s practice focuses primarily on the needs of technology businesses.

David is a highly skilled transactional lawyer with a focus on regulated spaces, technology, privacy law, employment law, and gaming law. While David serves the needs of businesses of all types, he frequently provides expert guidance to local and international clients in the technology and gaming industries.

David assists clients with the drafting and negotiation of business contracts, including cloud services agreements, software development agreements, software licensing agreements, purchase and sale agreements, manufacturing agreements, distributions agreements, IT services agreements, shareholders’ agreements, and terms of service. He is also well-versed in negotiating and drafting employment agreements, including those for senior executives, and is frequently relied upon to resolve employment related disputes and to advise on high-risk terminations. Additionally, David advises his business clients on equity compensation strategies, including the granting of stock options, restricted share units, and phantom shares.

Outside of his transactional work, David’s clients depend on his practical advice for navigating through challenging regulatory regimes. His proficiency in analyzing complex, unsettled areas of law makes him a go-to source for legal opinions on novel issues.

Graduating cum laude from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and called to the bar on September 23, 2016, David’s extensive experience and knowledge make him a sought-after and trusted advisor.

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Representative Speaking Engagements
  • Alliott Global Alliance Cryptocurrency Roundtable – Presentation on progress and development in the Canadian cryptocurrency regulatory landscape
  • Tech Law Crash Course – Quarterly presentation given to tech students at RED Academy
  • Common Legal Pitfalls Startups Should Avoid
  • #VanMentorMeetup presented by Startup Vancouver
  • Business Legal Foundation for your Start-up or Growth Business
Past Memberships
  • Canadian Technology Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch
  • CBA Business Law Section
  • CBA Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section
  • CBA Employment Law Section
  • CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section
  • CBA Competition Law Section
  • CBA Entertainment, Media, and Communications National Section
  • CBA Freedom of Information & Privacy Law Section
  • CBA Securities Law Section
  • CBA Taxation Law Section
  • CBA Wills & Trusts Section
  • BC Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

“David loves talking law, so if you have an intellectual property law question, you’ve come to the right place.”

Small Business BC

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