David Scott was making phone calls in support of Law Help Ontario Centres, which provides pro bono services to those in need, as recently as last week. On Thursday, March 21, Mr. Scott, renowned trial and appellate lawyer and a champion of access to justice, passed away in his hometown of Ottawa, where he had practised law since 1962; he was 83 years old.
“As a lawyer, he was a completely unique talent,” says Larry Elliot, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa, who worked with Scott, who was national co-chair and senior counsel of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, since the 1990s.
Elliott never saw anyone who had the skills as an oral advocate that Scott did, he says; and “he had a fearlessness, a passion, an energy, an enthusiasm. If you were ever in trouble and needed a lawyer, he was exactly who you would want.”