Daniel J. McDonald, Q.C.

Practice Focus

  • Commercial & General Litigation
    • Broad experience in corporate, commercial, construction, intellectual property, tax, estate and other areas of litigation
  •  Arbitration and Mediation
    • Actively involved in the arbitration and mediation of commercial and energy disputes, as arbitrator, mediator and counsel 
  • Securities Litigation
    • Acted as counsel to corporations, shareholders, directors and officers in securities litigation and corporate reorganizations
    • Acted as counsel in proceedings before Securities Commissions of Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario; represented investment dealers and individuals in securities administrative proceedings and litigation
    • Defence of class action shareholders' claims and securities claims against issuers and investment dealers
  • Energy Litigation
    • Extensive experience in energy litigation, many involving complex valuation, engineering, geological, tax and accounting matters
  • Labour Law
    • Experience involving employment and labour relations
    • Counsel to employers and unions in pension disputes
    • Counsel to employers, employees and unions before the Alberta, British Columbia and federal Labour Relations Boards, Workers' Compensation Board, arbitration boards and courts
  • Class Actions
    • Considerable experience in class action litigation involving a variety of subject matter
  • Estate Litigation
    • Experince in the resolution of contentious matters relating to wills, trusts and the administration of estates
  • Other Court and Board Experience
    • Appearances before trial and appellate courts in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, and other tribunals including the Securities Commissions, the Competition Tribunal, Public Utilities Board, Surface Rights Board, Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, professional disciplinary tribunals and others

Practice Areas


  • Queen's University, Bachelor of Laws, 1975
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Science (with Distinction), 1971

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 1994
  • Alberta 1978
  • British Columbia 1977

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Member, AAA/ICDR Canada Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member of Roster, Supreme Court Advocacy Institute
  • President and Director, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)
  • Full Member, ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) and ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)
  • Member, Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), CCC Arbitration Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and ICC Canada
  • Member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)
  • Past President, Sopinka Cup Society, 2011-2012

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Legal 500 Canada, as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution, 2017-2021
  • Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Litigation: General Commercial (Alberta), 2016-2020 and Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators, 2019 & 2020
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition of Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2017, 2018 and 2020
  • Named in Chambers Global Client's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrator, 2019
  • Named as Best Lawyers Calgary Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year in 2019
  • Named in Lexpert's Special Edition on Litigation Lawyers, as one of Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada, as a leading lawyer in Canada in Commercial Litigation, 2016-2018
  • Named in Lexpert's Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, 2013-2017
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in Canada in the areas of Class Actions, 2009-2014 and 2016 and in the areas of Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation and Directors & Officers Liability, annually since 2004
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Employment and Labour Law and Securities Litigation, annually since 2006 and in Bet-the-Company Litigation, annually since 2008
  • Named in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a leading litigator in Canada in Energy & Natural Resources, General Commercial and Securities, annually since 2012
  • Named in Legal Media's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers,in Litigation, 2014-2017
  • Named in Chambers Global Clients' Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in the area of Dispute Resolution, 2007-2015
  • Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, in the areas of Corporate Commercial, Director/Officer Liability and Securities Litigation, 2007-2015
  • Named as Best Lawyer's Calgary Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year in 2015
  • Named to America Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell's selected list of Canada's Top Rated Lawyers, 2013
  • Named as Best Lawyers Calgary Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year in 2012
  • Named in Which Lawyer, Yearbook 2012 listing world-wide leading lawyers, as a recommended leading practitioner in Dispute Resolution

Community Involvement

  • Director, Glencoe Club
  • President and Director, Glencoe Golf and Country Club
  • Former Chair and Director, The Calgary Learning Centre
  • Former Vice-Chair and Member, Alberta Press Council
  • Director, Book Clubs for Inmates

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Vice Chair, BD&P
  • Adjudicator, Law Society of Alberta
  • Past Sessional Instructor, Mount Royal College, Oil and Gas Law for Professional Landmen
  • Guest Speaker, Canadian Bar Association and University of Calgary Faculty of Law
  • Past Instructor, University of Calgary, Trial Advocacy Course
  • Past Member, Executive Committee, BD&P
  • Past Member, Associates Committee, BD&P

Recent Representative Work

  • Alberta Securities Commission Insider Trading Hearing - Counsel to corporate executives in an insider trading hearing before the Alberta Securities Commission
  • Poison Pill Hearing - Counsel for an acquiror in a successful application to the Alberta Securities Commission to cease trade a Shareholder Rights Plan in a bidding war in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Aviation Litigation - Counsel for a low cost carrier in a complex lawsuit against a legacy airline in the Ontario Supreme Court
  • Energy Arbitration - Counsel for an independent power producer in arbitrations with its coal supplier

Presentations & Publications

  • Co-author, Case Comment on Gault Estate vs Gault Estate, 2016 ABCA 2016, Take Five Onpoint Legal Research, Alberta Edition, July 2016
  • Co-author, Self-Represented Parties in Arbitration: Practice Tips & Recent Caselaw, ADR Perspectives, Vol.3 No.1, February 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Insider Trading: What You Need to Know, The Association of Corporate Counsel Alberta (ACCA), April 2015
  • Co-Presenter, The Grande Cache Coal Case: Lessons on Materiality, Trading & ASC Enforcement Proceedings, CBA Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, May 2013
  • Written and presented papers for client and public presentations on oil and gas, class actions, complex litigation, employment, labour arbitration and occupational health and safety matters