Michael J. Donaldson

Practice Focus

  • Securities Litigation
    • Bringing and defending claims against issuers, directors and officers in shareholder and derivative claims for oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, Securities Act violations and other causes of action
    • Counsel to shareholders and issuers in Stock Exchange appeals and in other challenges to corporate transactions before the Securities Commissions and Courts
    • Representation of directors, officers and issuers in disciplinary proceedings before the Securities Commissions
    • Counsel to Special Litigation Committees and to directors and officers facing Special Litigation Committee investigations
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Broad range of experience representing parties in contract and tort-based commercial claims
    • Private corporation shareholder/officer/director disputes
    • Counsel to financial institutions in claims relating to alleged breaches of account agreements and financing documents and in negligence and misrepresentation claims
    • Counsel to corporate trustees in claims arising out of administration of trusts
    • Cross-Border litigation, including coordination of inter-related claims in Canada and the United States, management of U.S. litigation on behalf of Canadian clients, and enforcement of Letters Rogatory and Letters of Request from U.S. Courts
  • Energy Litigation
    • Representation of operators and non-operators in  contractual disputes involving joint ventures, royalties, accounting, operators' duties and fiduciary duties in the oil & gas, power and mining industries 
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Copyright, trade-mark and patent infringement litigation in the Alberta and Federal Courts
  • Commercial Arbitration
    • Counsel in arbitrations under Alberta's legislated Power Purchase Arrangements and in related court proceedings
    • Domestic arbitrations of various commercial issues under the Alberta Arbitration Act
    • International commercial arbitrations
    • Litigation over enforcement of domestic and international awards, applications to set aside awards, and judicial assistance and intervention in domestic and international arbitrations

Practice Areas


  • Columbia Law School, Master of Laws (James Kent Scholar), 2017
  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1994
  • Queen's University, Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 1996

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Litigation - Corporate Commercial (Alberta), 2017 & 2018
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation, annually since 2013
  • Named in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a leading litigator in the areas of General Commercial and Securities, annually since 2013
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a repeatedly recommended leading lawyer in the area of Directors' & Officers' Liability, 2014
  • Named in Lexpert's 2007 Guide to U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers as one of Canada's 30 Litigation Lawyers to Watch
  • Named in Lexpert Magazine's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in Canada in 2006