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, annually since 2014

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