R. David House, B.A., M.E.S., LL.B. - Barrister & Solicitor
Dave House was raised in the Niagara Region, specifically Jordan Station. His father Bob, mother Susan along with his uncle Paul and late aunt Carolee raised families and peach orchards on the same plot of land in Jordan Station.
Dave's family has deep roots in Niagara. The first House (then "Haus") on Canadian soil was Harmonus Haus, a member of the Butler's Rangers. The original land grant to Harmonus was at Caves Springs, Lincoln, in the 1780s.
Dave attended the University of Western, Ontario for his undergraduate degree. Dave attended Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 1993.
Dave articled at Fraser & Beatty (a large Bay St. law firm at time and now a sept of Dentons - a massive international law firm). He was hired back at that firm when most were not, the economy being just as challenging for new lawyers, as it is now.
In 1997, Dave saw an opportunity to work on interesting files, not driven by the billable hour and rent. He joined the Privy Council Office in Ottawa, providing counsel to the Indian Claims Commission (a precursor of the Specific Claims Commission) where he worked with Ron Maurice and James Prentice (former cabinet federal minister), amongst many others. During his travels across the country he became intrigued with Vancouver and Calgary, not only because of their collegial bar but also their proximity to the best ski hills in Canada.
To that end, Dave later found himself at Bull, Housser & Tupper ("BHT"), a large firm in Vancouver. His experience at BHT was the best of his career. The mentorship, clients and work atmosphere were excellent. But home called and after four years in the great city of Vancouver, Dave took his leave and came back to Toronto.
Back in Toronto, Dave worked with his old law school friend, Andrew Evangelista - an accomplished insurance lawyer in Toronto. In 2006, Paul Bates and Dave opened Bates Barristers in the winter of 2006 focusing on commercial litigation. Again Dave received excellent experience working with a very accomplished and senior litigator, with their focus being on franchise disputes, employment disputes, general commercial litigation and class actions. A variety of reported cases during this tenure attest to Dave and Paul's joint successes.
Niagara beckoned. In 2009, Dave opened his own sole proprietorship in St. Catharines focusing on commercial litigation and a general solicitor's practice. Starting from scratch, Dave's practice grew to a very respectable size within two years. By year three Dave was in a position to join two other lawyers in the purchase of 31 Church St. - a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, five doors down from the St. Catharines Court House.
Dave immediately saw the synergies which existed between his practice and that of Mark and Adam Stewart. Mark, Adam and Dave have joined to form the law firm Stewart House LLP - a new law firm on the Niagara legal landscape.
Dave's practice remains one of general commercial litigation with a general solicitor's practice.
Dave's litigation practice includes the following:
- Commercial Litigation - Wrongful dismissal (both for employee and employer)
- Real property development disputes
- Shareholder disputes, including oppression remedy claims
- Claims against, or for, builders, contractors and suppliers for breach of contract and negligence
- Creditor and debtor disputes
- Mortgage enforcement claims
- Professional negligence claims, including solicitors, accountants, appraisers, home inspectors and real estate agents and brokers
- Estate disputes
- Commercial Litigation
- Franchise disputes
In relation to solicitor's work Dave maintains a practice in:
- Residential real estate
Dave's practice does not include criminal law matters or family law disputes.
Dave is on the board of directors of the Lincoln County Law Association and formerly was a director of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation. Dave was also an officer in the 48th Highlanders.
Dave's curriculum vitae.