David S. Mulroney
David S. Mulroney
Barrister & Solicitor
301-852 Fort Street
Victoria BC V8W 1H8
Barrister & Solicitor
David Mulroney obtained degrees in English and Law from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and 1980. He has been practicing law for 38 years and was the principal of Mulroney & Company, established in 1992, before partnering with Christopher Siver to create Mulroney Siver Law. He has been married 42 years and has four children, one of whom, Michael, has joined the firm as an associate with emphasis on tax law.
David articled in 1979 as a summer law student for Wilson, King & Company, at that time a firm of 17 lawyers and one of the province’s oldest law firms, then became an associate with the firm in 1981 doing general litigation. In 1984, he became a partner and did litigation involving corporate, commercial, construction, personal injury, banking, foreclosure, builders liens, municipal, injunction and estate matters. The bursting of the 1981 real estate bubble lead to huge litigation work on MURB tax shelters, asset seizures, guarantee litigation and foreclosures. David’s firm was counsel to two Canadian major chartered banks, so David was in court a lot. He also acted for ICBC and other insurance companies doing defence work in both personal injury and property damage cases. He acted for a major oil producer, obtaining an injunction forcing the reopening of a gas well against another major oil producer (who later became a loyal client).
In 1988, David moved to Victoria and became a partner at Jones, Emery, a ten lawyer firm and worked in litigation involving corporate, commercial, construction, personal injury and estate matters. He again acted for ICBC, as well as doing personal injury work for plaintiffs. He also acted for a prominent developer suing reluctant investors on their personal guarantees for investments in tax shelter real estate developments that had not gone as well as expected. He acted for another developer to obtain an injunction in relation to valuable inner harbour lands when one developer “forgot” his partner momentarily.
In 1992 David set up his own law firm carrying on his civil litigation practice in Victoria. From 1995 to 2005, in addition to carrying on his regular practice for private sector clients, Mr. Mulroney was the standing agent for the Attorney General for Canada for prosecution in Greater Victoria of Income Tax, Narcotics, Fisheries, Immigration and various other offences. Mr. Mulroney personally obtained convictions in drug prosecutions before juries and also successfully prosecuted a drug conspiracy wiretap trial against six accused where the trial took 60 court days spread over many months. Mr. Mulroney and the lawyers and staff employed by him were responsible for approving charges and prosecuting over half of all drug and tax cases in the Greater Victoria Region, including Saanich Peninsula and the Western Communities, for a decade. He resigned this prosecution work to run as a candidate for MP in the 2006 Federal Election.
Mulroney Siver Law handles a full range of complex and contested matters including Professional Defence before regulatory bodies, insurance claims, income tax defence, Wills, Estates and Trusts litigation, business litigation, construction disputes, real estate litigation, administrative law, defending or advancing human rights, harassment or discrimination claims, civil remedies, arbitration, Municipal law, environmental litigation, investment analysis (legal aspects), and employment and dismissal. In administrative or disciplinary proceedings concerning regulatory bodies, David has represented lawyers, police officers, real estate developers, a teacher, a principal, an engineer and various medical professionals.
David has represented a lawyer falsely accused of fraud by the Law Society of BC and obtained dismissal of all allegations and an award of over $60,000.00 in costs against the Law Society of BC.
In 2015-2019 David, with Michael Mulroney as co-counsel, successfully represented David Basi in the Tax Court of Canada in challenging a CRA reassessment from 2014 which alleged that approximately $3,000,000.00 of legal fees forgiven by the Province in 2010 was a taxable benefit.
David also handles difficult negotiations behind the scenes for his clients, drafting letters and emails and advising on positions, so opposing parties may not be aware that a lawyer is involved. This proactive early approach often avoids disputes or ensures much better outcomes. He has taken this approach with health care professionals when defending against patient complaints to the relevant college, several times obtaining resolutions before citation so as to avoid the obligation to publish the complaint outcome, or obtaining negotiated resolutions which admit no wrongdoing whatsoever.
David has also served as the President of the Friends of the Royal B.C. Museum, a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal B.C. Museum appointed by the Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, and vice-chairman of the Royal British Columbia Museum Foundation.
David has also served as Chair for the Victoria Wills and Trusts subsection of the Canadian Bar Association. For David’s Volunteer and Public Service work, click “additional information” below.
- 2013-2014-Past Chair and Ex Officio Officer of Wills and Trusts Victoria Subsection, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association
- 2011-2013-Chair of Wills and Trusts Victoria Subsection, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association
- 2010-2011-Secretary of Wills and Trusts Victoria Subsection, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association
- 1992 to date-Head of own Law firm, Mulroney & Company, focusing on contested matters and difficult negotiations.
- 2007 Delegate to Montreal National Leadership Convention Liberal Party of Canada
- 2007 Guest Instructor, PLTC, Law Office Management
- 2005-6 Federal Liberal Candidate for the Riding of Victoria
- 2005 Director – Royal British Columbia Museum Foundation
- 2005 Chairman – Nominations Committee, Friends of the Royal British Columbia Museum
- 2004-5 Corporate Co-Convenor for the World Partnership Walk-Victoria
- 2004-2005 Director At Large – Saanich Gulf Islands Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 2004 Federal Liberal Candidate for the Riding of Saanich – Gulf Islands
- 2004 Chairman – Candidate Selection meeting, Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 2004 Chairman – Candidate Selection meeting, Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 2004 Chairman – Saanich-Gulf Islands Green Light Fundraising Committee
- 2003 Chairman – Esquimalt Juan de Fuca Federal Liberal Riding Association Annual General Meeting – Also chaired in 2002
- 2003 to 2005 Past President and ex-officio Executive Committee and Board member, Friends of the Royal British Columbia Museum
- 2003 to 2005 Director, Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation, by Order In Council of B.C. Cabinet
- 2003 Delegate from Victoria riding to the National Leadership Convention Liberal Party of Canada
- 2001 to 2003 Director At Large – Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 2000 to 2003 President, Friends of the Royal British Columbia Museum
- 2000 to 2005 Member of Special Operating Agency Board of the Royal British Columbia Museum, appointed by the Minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, reappointed July 2002 and January 2003 by Minister of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services
- 2000 to 2004 Vice-Chairman, Royal British Columbia Museum Foundation
- 1999 Banquet Co-Host for Annual General Meeting of the Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia
- 1999 to 2000 Vice President, Friends of the Royal British Columbia Museum
- 1999 Guest instructor, PLTC(Professional Legal Training Course(Bar Admission Course)) Criminal Cross-Examination
- 1998 to 1999 Coach, U7 Soccer, Bays United Youth Soccer Association
- 1998 to 2005 Director, Royal British Columbia Museum Foundation
- 1998 to 1999 Governance Committee, Friends of the Royal B.C. Museum Society
- 1996-1997 Co-Coach, U14 Team, Oak Bay Girls Soccer Association
- 1996-1997 President, Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 1996 Guest Instructor, PLTC, Criminal Advocacy
- 1995-1997 Nominating Committee, Friends of the Royal B.C. Museum Society
- 1995-1996 Co-Coach, U13 Team, Oak Bay Girls Soccer Association
- 1995-2005 Standing Agent for the Attorney General for Canada for prosecutions for Greater Victoria
- 1994-2005 Director, Friends of the Royal B.C. Museum Society
- 1994-1996 Member, Harbourside Rotary Executive
- 1994-1995 Vice-President, Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 1993-1996 Member, Harbourside Rotary Club
- 1993-1994 Anawim Companion Society Committee – Harbourside Rotary
- 1993-1994 Member, Environment Committee – Harbourside Rotary
- 1992 Chairman, Nominating Committee, Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 1991-1992 Membership Chair, Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 1991 Guest Instructor, PLTC, Law Office Management
- 1990 Delegate from Victoria to Federal Liberal Leadership Convention, Calgary
- 1989-1993 Executive Member, Victoria Federal Liberal Riding Association
- 1988 to date Member Victoria Bar Association
- 1988 Chairman, Nominating Committee, Prince George Child Development Centre
- 1987-1988 Director and Secretary, Prince George Symphony Society
- 1987-1988 Director, Prince George Art Gallery
- 1985-1986 Member, Committee to Construct Intermediate Care Facility (Rainbow Lodge) for Prince George Senior Citizens Housing Society
- 1983-1988 Director, Prince George Child Development Centre
- 1981 to date Member in good standing, Law Society of B.C. and Canadian Bar Association