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David Hunter is a partner of Hamilton Duncan and Co-Chair of the Estate and Trust Litigation department. David has a civil litigation practice with a primary focus on estate and trust litigation and business litigation. He represents individuals and small to medium-sized businesses in all levels of court in British Columbia.

David has experience in a variety of estate-related disputes, including wills variation claims, trust and unjust enrichment claims, and actions involving issues of capacity and undue influence. He also has experience in various commercial and corporate matters, including contractual and property disputes and shareholder disputes.

David joined Hamilton Duncan in 2011 after practicing with a national law firm in Vancouver. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2003 and his Bachelor of Laws in 2007, both from the University of British Columbia. Prior to his call to the bar in 2008, David served as a law clerk for six judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching baseball teams and providing pro bono legal services in Surrey.


Work Highlights


  • Fraser Valley Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Surrey Bar Association, Past Director
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Member


  • Administering Estates in Uncertain Times, January 29, 2021, PBLI
  • Estate Planning and Estate Litigation, February 22, 2020 – CPA BC, Surrey/Langley/North Delta Chapter
  • Estate Planning: The Tricky Issues, January 6, 2020 – PBLI
  • Ordinary Costs: Entitlement and Manner of Assessment, February 13, 2020 – CLE
  • Wills & Estate Planning and Estate Litigation, March 16, 2019 – CPA BC, Surrey/Langley/North Delta Chapter
  • Validity of Testamentary Instruments: Recent Developments, January 2019 – Pacific Business and Law Institute Seminar
  • Pit Falls of Wills and Estates and How to Avoid them, January 9, 2020 – Fraser Valley CPAA
  • Undue Influence: How to Prosecute, How to Defend, and How to Win, April 5, 2019 – TLABC
  • Issues in Estate Litigation: Protecting the Estate Plan, May 2018 – Chartered Professional Accountants BC Seminar
  • Civil Contempt of Court: An Overview, April 2017
  • Contempt of Court: When is it Appropriate to Apply for a Contempt Order?, April 2017 – TLABC
  • DNA Discovery and the Importance of DNA Evidence in Estate Litigation, May 2016 – TLABC
  • DNA – Who’s Your Daddy?, May 2016 – TLABC


  • Access Pro Bono, Roster Lawyer

Practice Areas

Business Law Practice Areas

Personal Law Practice Areas


  • LLB, University of British Columbia (2007)
  • BA, University of British Columbia (2003)

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia (2008)