David Gildiner’s practice focuses on criminal litigation. He defends against all types of criminal charges in the Toronto region and beyond. David represents individuals at all stages of their case – at bail, at trial, and on appeal.
David believes that anyone facing the weight of the state has the right to the most vigorous defence possible, no matter what their income or social status. He confidently helps those charged with criminal offences to assert their rights. He prides himself on vehemently ensuring the police and Crown attorneys do not abuse their power. He has appeared at numerous administrative tribunals and at most levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal.
Prior to joining Derstine Penman, David articled at a prominent national law firm in Toronto. He also worked as a civil litigator at a boutique law firm in Toronto focusing on professional regulatory litigation.
At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands, David worked on the defence team of Franko Simatović. Mr. Simatović was accused of international war crimes. At trial, he was acquitted. During law school at the University of Ottawa and Hong Kong University, David was an assistant editor of the Ottawa Law Review and a teaching assistant.
Before his legal studies, David was a programme officer with the United Nations and a Legal Consultant with the Sierra Leone Law Reform Commission in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
David holds a B.A. (double major in History and English) from McGill University. He grew up in Toronto, but has lived and worked all across the globe. He is a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.