Daniel maintains a broad defamation, privacy and insurance practice, with particular experience in online defamation, breach of privacy, and professional negligence cases.
In his defamation and privacy practice, Daniel has successfully obtained orders compelling websites to turn over the identity of anonymous commentators, injunctions restraining publication and an order to produce computers for forensic analysis. He is cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (in conjunction with Mr. Baynham, QC) in the leading case concerning liability attached to “hyperlinks”. Daniel is a sought after speaker on legal/technological issues, including Facebook and Twitter, and has appeared on the Bill Good Show on local and national news programs, including CTV National News, CBC National News, and CKNW radio.
Daniel has also published numerous legal articles on the sharing-economy and the impact of “gig workers” on the insurance industry.
Daniel grew up in Calgary and attended Carleton University in Ottawa to pursue a journalism degree. After working in radio and television, he moved to Vancouver to attend law school in 2005. He articled with Harper Grey and following his call to the Bar of British Columbia in 2009, he joined the firm as an Associate.
Recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2022-2023
Recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in the areas of Privacy and Data Security Law by Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2022-2023
Recognized as a “Future Star” in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada®, 2022
Daniel Reid focuses his practice in the areas of defamation and privacy, insurance litigation and health.
Defamation and Privacy Law
Daniel has acted as counsel in cases concerning allegations of libel by the media, online defamation, cyber-bullying, and invasion of privacy. He has successfully obtained orders preventing publication of defamatory material, requiring production and forensic analysis of computer hard drives, and disclosure of anonymous online authors. Below is a sample of defamation and privacy law cases in which Daniel has acted as counsel:
Mercer Gold Corporation (Nevada) v. Mercer Gold Corp. (B.C.), 2011 BCSC 1664
B.C. Civil Liberties Association v. Regina, 2012 BCPC 406
Pierce v. Canjex Publishing Ltd., 2011 BCSC 1503
Dosanjh v. Leblanc and St. Paul’s Hospital, 2011 BCSC 1660
Robinson v. Furlong, 2015 BCSC 1690
In its decision on the use of internet hyperlinks in the case of Crookes v. Newton, the Supreme Court of Canada cites work by Daniel Reid about the ease with which reputation can be harmed online:
Daniel has appeared as counsel in health law cases at the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Following are a number of health law cases in which Daniel has been involved as counsel:
Jacques v. Muir, 2018 BCCA 174
Jacques v Muir, 2017 BCSC 2400
Cojocaru v. British Columbia Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, 2013 SCC 30
Roumanis v. Liebenberg, 2011 BCSC 278
Cowie v. Draper, 2010 BCSC 686
Maher v. Sutton, 2013 BCSC 1808
Jacques v. Muir, 2017 BCCA 317
Jensen v. Ross, 2016 BCCA 278
Kent v. Translink, 2016 BCSC 224
Jensen v. Ross, 2016 BCCA 278
Daniel also has an active insurance law practice and has acted as counsel in personal injury, professional negligence, and WorkSafe BC matters. Below is a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal in which Daniel obtained a determination that an individual was a “worker” within the meaning of the Workers Compensation Act:
- University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2008
- Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 2004
- British Columbia, 2009
- Britannia Pro Bono Clinic – LSLAP – Law Students Legal Advice Program, Past Supervisor
- Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Health Law Subsection, Co-Chair
- Canadian Bar Association BC Health Law Section, Member at large
- Harper Grey Defamation, Media & Privacy Law Group, Past Co-Chair
- Pro Bono Law of BC Civil Chambers Duty Counsel Project, Volunteer