Douglas A. McGillivray, Q.C.

Practice Focus

  • Commercial & General Litigation
    • Extensive experience in corporate, commercial, contractual, product liability and professional negligence liability claims including class action matters
  • Construction Litigation
    • Extensive experience in industrial, oil & gas, commercial and institutional construction disputes including claims involving product liability, delay and cost overruns and faulty design and workmanship issues
  • Energy Litigation
    • Extensive experience in oil & gas litigation including contractual, joint venture, accounting, royalty, operator and other energy related disputes
  • Franchise, Dealerships & Distributorships
    • Provides advice and direction including litigation services when franchise relations break down
  • Insurance & Risk Management Litigation
    • Extensive experience in insurance & risk management litigation including construction matters, director and officer liability issues and coverage issues and recommendations 
  • Securities Litigation
    • Advises in all areas of corporate securities litigation including shareholder disputes, oppression actions as well as civil claims of fiduciary duty, secondary market misrepresentation and other securities-related causes of action
  • Commercial Arbitration
    • Active in domestic and international arbitration proceedings 

Practice Areas


  • Accelerated Route to Fellowship Workshop, CIArb, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Toronto, 2012 (Eligible for Fellowship)
  • Mediation Certification Course, Institute for Conflict Management LLC, Chicago, 2008
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1975
  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and History, 1972

Bar Admission

  • Queen's Counsel 2000
  • Alberta 1976

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Honours & Recognition

  • Named in Best Lawyers in Canada as a recommended lawyer in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation annually since 2009
  • Named as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada‚Äôs Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of Energy and Natural Resources, General Commercial, Insurance and Securities, 2014-2019

Community Involvement

  • Member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Simon House Recovery Centre
  • Past member of Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary
  • Volunteer, Calgary Drop-In Centre

Professional Involvement

  • The Advocate Society, Chair of the Alberta Advisory Committee
  • Law Society of Alberta
    • President, 2005-2006
    • President Elect, 2004-2005
    • Bencher, 1999-2006
    • Past Chair, Finance Committee, Conduct Committee and Civil Practice Advisory Committee
    • Past Vice Chair, Insurance Committee, Membership, Credentials and Education Committee and Professional Responsibility Committee
    • Past Member, Executive Committee and Practice Review Committee
  • Law Reform Institute
    • Past Member, Rules of Court Review Committee and Working Committee on Discovery & Evidence and Class Action Working Committee
  • Federation of Societies of Canada
    • Past Chair, Judicial Appointments Committee
    • Past Vice-President, Anti Terrorism & Money Laundering Committee
    • Past Member, Accreditation of Law Degrees Task Force and National Payments Association Committee
  • Government of Alberta
    • Past Member, Provincial Court Judicial Counsel Committee and Provincial Court Nominating Committee
    • Ad Hoc Law Society representative to Insurance Act Minor Injury Reform Implementation Committee
  • Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Lecturer in Continuing Education programs
  • Lecturer in insurance law, construction law, employment law, civil procedures, insurance law, and dissenting shareholder rights on behalf of the Legal Education Society of Alberta