Donald J. Chernichen, Q.C.

Current Role

  • Don transitioned from partner to counsel effective January 1, 2013. With over 50 years at the Alberta Bar, Don provides mentoring and practical advice on litigation matters to junior lawyers and students and is available to provide assistance to all BD&P lawyers in insurance, franchise law and construction law issues. He also acts as counsel on a number of large litigation files. 

Practice Areas


  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1969
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, 1965

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 1990
  • Alberta 1970

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Emeritus Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Barrister, Order of Maximus, Construction Lawyers Society of America

Honours & Recognition

  • Charter Fellow Emeritus, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in the area of Construction Law, annually since 2010 and in the area of Product Liability Defence, annually since 2011
  • Named Best Lawyer's Calgary Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, 2011
  • Named in Lexpert Magazine's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2002-2013
  • Named in Expert Guides -The Legal Media Group Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers, in Construction and Product Liability, 2013
  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada, in the areas of Construction Law, Insurance Law, Product Liability Law and Personal Injury Litigation, annually since 2006
  • Named in PLC Constructions and Projects as a leading construction lawyer, 2012
  • Named by Global Law Experts, as a recommended lawyer in the area of Products Liability Defence, 2011
  • Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a repeatedly, consistently or most frequently recommended leading practitioner in the areas of Director & Officer Liability, Medical Negligence, Personal Injury, Product Liability and Professional Liability Law, 2002-2013, in the area of Construction, 2002-2014 and in the area of Insurance, annually since 2002
  • Named in Who's Who Legal, the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, in the area of Construction Law, annually since 2006

Professional History

  • Counsel and adviser for over 50 years to a wide range of the national and international insurers who carry on business in Canada in relation to all forms of insurance matters including litigation, insurance coverage issues, insurance policy and legislation interpretation
  • Don has acted on a number of high profile, major litigation matters on behalf of construction companies, insurance companies and their insureds in both the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia for several decades
  • Wide ranging experience in relation to negotiating, mediating, arbitrating and litigating a wide variety of franchise disputes
  • Experienced in dealing with consumer groups and government agencies in relation to franchise insurance related matters
  • Counsel and adviser for over 50 years in relation to construction matters, advising on a wide range of commercial and industrial construction projects
  • Defended a wide range of sports related litigation and was defence counsel in the current leading decision in Canada in connection with the law of waivers
  • Advised on all forms of professional malpractice litigation, including medical, engineering and accounting
  • Advised on many product liability issues connected with major project litigation files, often involving commercial and industrial product failure and issues related to the duty to warn
  • Has had significant involvement in mediation and arbitration of commercial insurance disputes as well as serving as expert witness in such disputes


  • Sessional Advocacy Lecturer, University of Calgary Faculty of Law
  • Frequent lecturer in the areas of Insurance & Risk Management and Construction Law