Areas of Practice
David was born in Regina, SK, and raised in Saskatchewan, England, Ontario and British Columbia. He does, however, have roots in the Kamloops community. His maternal great-grandparents lived here at the turn of the last century, and his maternal grandmother and one uncle both lived and died here. He moved here in the summer of 1994.
David C. Dundee was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1982 and has been with Paul & Company since 2001.
David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours English in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1981, both from the University of British Columbia. He was called to the bar in 1982. David has practiced family law for most of his career, and has focused primarily on family law since he came to Kamloops. He became a family law mediator in 1988.
Awards and Recognitions
For his work on the Family Law Act review, Mr. Dundee was awarded the CBABC President’s Citation. In 2012, he was awarded the CBABC President’s Medal. In 2008, he was awarded the Legal Services Society of BC’s Certificate of Recognition. Mr. Dundee was recently honoured with the Trial Lawyers Association Bar Award in 2014.
Professional Involvement and Volunteer Work
Mr. Dundee has been extensively involved in family law initiatives with the Canadian Bar Association, both nationally and provincially. For the BC Branch, he has served as either Chair or Co-Chair of the CBABC Kamloops Family Law Section since 2001. He is a long-time member and chair of the CBABC family law working group, involved in consultations on the Family Law Act, Supreme Court Family Rules, Provincial Court Family Rules, and the Green Paper on Justice Reform. The working group also co-authored the best practice guidelines for family lawyers with a task force from the Law Society of BC.
Mr. Dundee has been involved in many other Branch initiatives and committees, including the BarTalk Editorial Board Committee, the Legal Aid Committee, the work of the Public Commission on Legal Aid, the Planning and Priorities Committee, the Membership Committee, the Court Rules Monitoring Initiative and the Kamloops Law Day Committee.
Nationally, Mr. Dundee has served on the CBA National Family Section since 2008, and is currently Treasurer. He will be Chair in September, 2016. He is involved in various committees within this section, including those dealing with best interests of the child and aboriginal family issues. In the latter capacity, he participated in submissions regarding the new Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. He also serves on the CBA Children’s Law Committee, a cross disciplinary committee consisting of various section members (including family law, criminal justice, constitutional and aboriginal law, etc.) and various experts on children’s law issues across Canada. He was appointed in December, 2012.
Mr. Dundee is also a director of the Hear The Child Society of BC, elected in 2011. He is a roster member of the society’s approved child interviewers.
Mr. Dundee has presented for (and chaired) numerous Continuing Legal Education classes including Family Law Settlements, Family Practice in Provincial Court (twice), Children’s Participation in Family Justice, The New Family Law Act, Designated Family Law Paralegals, and the Intersection of Aging, Death and Divorce (twice).
In 2012, he presented a seminar on the new Family Law Act for the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. He presented on capacity issues in 2013, and has been sitting on the Association’s Family Law Committee for two years.
He was invited to be a member of the Attorney General’s Family Law Practice Advisory Group and has served in that capacity for several years.