Jarvis, David A.




Kim Elliott
Legal Assistant
Josie Roussel
Law Clerk


David A. Jarvis practises in the area of family, estates and administrative  law. He  received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1976 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. He is a partner in Beard Winter LLP and was an instructor in Family Law at the Bar Admissions Course (1983 – 200W0), a Family Law Mentor as well as a Faculty Member (1981 – 1987) of the Annual Advocacy Symposia jointly presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada and Canadian Bar Association, a Faculty Member (2003) “Pre-Trial Strategies for Family Lawyers” and, in 2009 and 2012, “Conduct of a Family Law Trial” jointly presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada and The Advocates’ Society.   He has been a Dispute Resolution Officer with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice since 1998, a founding lecturer for the Family Information Session Program of the Superior Court of Justice, a former director of the Family Lawyers Association and a founding member and former director of Collaborative Practice Toronto. He has also testified as an expert witness in Family Law for the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He has been peer-selected by Best Lawyers in Canada (Family Law) since 2006.

In addition to his family law practice David has acted as counsel (Discipline) to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (1985 – 2000) and to the Board of The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (2002 – 2005 and 2009 – 2013). He has also served as a Director of a number of registered charities and currently sits on a number of charitable Boards dealing with palliative care.


  • Star v Bolster (2012)
  • Stevenson v. Smit (2012)
  • Cole v. Cole (2011)
  • Al (Lawson) v. Lawson (2010)
  • Tucci v. Tucci (2009)
  • Turpin v. Hill (2008)
  • MacRae v. MacRae (2003)
  • Goldson v. Goldson (2002)



October 21, 2013 by : in
Best Lawyers – Opening Trial Statement Tips
by David A. Jarvis The Opening Trial Statement is a sales pitch disguised as an Executive Summary for the Judge. It should be informative and persuasive but without being argumentative. There are a number of tips which are worthwhile considering. The list which follows is not exhaustive but derives More...
June 4, 2013 by : in
Rise in grey divorce as Boomers call it quits
Sixty and starting over
Sarah Treleaven, Financial Post
Published: Saturday, April 05, 2008.
“The nest eggs that were being accumulated jointly, be it pensions or RRSPs — all of a sudden you’re looking at a very different financial future,” David A. Jarvis. In this Financial Post article, Da More...
May 29, 2013 by : in
Conduct of the Family Law Trial
LSUC Donald Lamont Learning Centre
Advocates’ Society Lecture and Demonstrations Series,  October, 2009

Davis A. Jarvis, Presenter
Opening Trial Statements A good Opening Trial Statement (OTS) will not win a case but a poor one will jeopardize its success. There is remarkably little guidance for More...


LL.B., 1976
Osgoode Hall Law School


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society