Daniel H Coles


Direct 604-691-7526

Fax 604-632-4449

Dan is an trial lawyer who regularly appears before the courts and administrative tribunals of British Columbia. He has experience in the Supreme Court of Canada. He acts for clients from a diverse range of fields and industries with an emphasis on construction litigation, media and defamation law, and assisting licensees in the hospitality sector.

Dan is an advocate for freedom of the press and other media. He regularly works with journalists and national and international news organizations to obtain access to court exhibits and oppose publication bans, sealing orders, and in camera court proceedings.

Dan’s construction practice involves acting for owners and developers to resolve disputes under the Builders Lien Act and prosecuting their claims for delayed and deficient work. He also has experience acting for trades and material suppliers, as well as insurers.

He is actively involved in British Columbia’s dynamic hospitality and liquor manufacturing industries. He writes an award-winning blog Alcohol & Advocacy, and advises clients on British Columbia’s liquor laws and regulations.

He is also a member of the Law Society of Yukon, and has experience in the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal acting on behalf of tribunals in judicial review proceedings.

Dan is the host of the podcast Under Reserve, a show about law and law enforcement.

In the community Dan has been active with Covenant House, the Vancouver Street Soccer League and the Vancouver Bar Association. More recently he has been involved with fundraising efforts for Cops for Cancer. He grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

  • Called to the Bar of the Yukon Territory, 2019
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2012
  • Juris Doctor, Dalhousie University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), St. Francis Xavier University, 2008
  • Member, Canadian Media Lawyers Association/AdIDEM
  • Former Board Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, International Wine Law Association
  • Canadian Law Blog Awards 2016 - Finalist Best Practitioner Blog Alcohol & Advocacy

  • Canadian Law Blog Awards 2015 – Best Practitioner Blog Alcohol & Advocacy

Construction Litigation

Media & Defamation Litigation

Liquor Law

Historic Abuse Allegations


Estate Litigation