David Piche was called to the bar in 2016 and joined WMCZ in 2021.
David’s clients are individuals or businesses facing allegations of criminal, regulatory, professional, or civil wrongdoing. They often require legal representation to defend their lives and liberty when facing criminal charges; to protect their professional status and integrity when facing professional misconduct proceedings; to preserve their livelihoods and business reputations during civil litigation disputes; and to ensure that the best interests of their children are secured and assets fairly dealt with during spousal separation. David’s clients are individuals each presumed innocent and who often need their Charter rights protected in Court. They are professionals engaging professional regulatory bodies such as doctors, social workers, nurses, lawyers and accountants. They are business owners, homeowners, and property owners. They are immigrants, mothers and fathers.
In his free time, David enjoys cooking, gardening, horror movies, cycling along the Meewasin, and spending quality time with his wife and two unruly chihuahuas.
David participated in defending criminal charges arising from the Project Forseti investigation (R. v. McLaughlin, 2017 SKPC 54 R. v. Nowakowski, 2016 SKPC 129).
David has significant trial experience defending criminal charges particularly those prosecuted under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act involving Charter defences and expert evidence. See for example: R. v. Kossick, 2017 SKPC 66 and R. v. Kossick, 2017 SKPC 67.
He has represented the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association’s (SVMA) Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) during appeals and judicial review hearings (PCC) (LaBrash v. Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association, 2017 SKQB 267; Pomarenski v. Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association Professional Conduct Committee, 2019 SKQB 264).
He has significant appellate experience before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal both drafting factums and arguing both criminal and civil cases with success (R. v. Kossick, 2018 SKCA 55; R. v. Belcourt, 2018 SKCA 60; R. v. Ali, 2019 SKCA 83; R. v. McKay, 2019 SKCA 129; Jones v. Jones, 2020 SKCA 141).
David was the first criminal defence lawyer hired by the Legal Aid Commission of Saskatchewan to represent clients in the Rapid Remand Resolution Program (RRRP). The program’s goal is to assist individuals charged with criminal offences to be released on bail the same day as their arrest or otherwise as soon as possible. David also represents clients referred to Legal Aid’s Duty Counsel Program to conduct bail hearings or sentencings where appropriate. Through these programs, David has developed significant experience assessing criminal cases comprehensively and preparing those cases for bail hearings on a prompt basis. These programs required him to engage daily with clients, Crown counsel and the provincial court. Through such experiences David has established a track record of developing trust and rapport with his clients and working very hard on their behalf. Additionally, David has formed strong working relationships with crown prosecutors and has earned credibility with the Court, all to his clients’ benefit.
David also has significant experience working on summary judgment applications, applications to dismiss due to want of prosecution, applications for contempt of court, and estate disputes, all in the context of civil litigation. See for example: Jones (Estate), 2017 SKQB 388 and Jones v. Jones, 2020 SKCA 141.
In the family law context, David successfully assisted with a complex adoption matter on behalf of grandparents from outside of the country that were seeking the adoption of a granddaughter. He has also worked on a complicated application for interim distribution of family property, along with other family law disputes generally.
2017 STAR Award, M.D. Ambulance, Saskatoon.
Contributing Editor for the Canadian Native Law Reporter, published by the Indigenous Law Centre since 1979.
David is a member of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association (STLA), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan panel.