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David R. Haigh, K.C.


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King's Counsel 1984

University of Toronto, Bachelor of Laws, 1964

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts (Honors, History), 1961

Bar admission: Alberta 1965

Inter-jurisdictional Calls to other Provincial Bars in Canada
Practice areas:
International commercial arbitration, Investor-state arbitration, Litigation and dispute resolution


David's practice focuses on serving on international arbitration tribunals that deal with a variety of subjects, including energy, intellectual property, telecommunications, pharmaceutical issues and coal mining. He has a broad range of investor-state investment and commercial disputes and has previously acted for and against national entities.

David acts exclusively as an arbitrator and is associated with arbitration centres in Canada and internationally. His experience includes:

  • As an arbitrator in relation to disputes involving states, including Energy Charter Treaty claims as well as commodity disputes involving pricing, trading, producing, transmitting, refining, and marketing of products
  • Institutional and ad hoc arbitrations
  • Construction and contract disputes
  • Pipeline procurement and construction disputes
  • Farmout agreements
  • Royalty interpretation and disputes
  • Operating procedures and disputes
  • Petro-chemical and other forms of energy-related construction
  • Lease interpretation and oil and gas evaluations
  • Joint venture agreements

Professional involvement

Professional associations

  • Member of the Law Society of Alberta, (Bencher, 1980-1984)
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Calgary Bar Association
  • Founding Member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2001
  • Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitration (F.C.I.Arb., C.A. C.I.Arb.)

Arbitration designations and activities

  • Recognized as a panelist on the Energy Arbitrators List published by the ICDR
  • Director of the American Arbitration Association (2000-2012)
  • Co-author of the Canadian Chapter of the International Arbitration Review, James H. Carter, (London (U.K.): Law Business Research Ltd., 2010, 2011 and 2012)
  • International Chamber of Commerce - Arbitration Panelist (Canada) and Chairman, 1995-2001, of the Canadian National Committee for the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist and shareholder in the London Court of International Arbitration, 1992
  • Panelist, British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Domestic and International)
  • Panelist, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Commercial
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Commercial Panelist
  • Nominated to the International Panel of the International Centre of the American Arbitration Association, New York, 1998 to present
  • Canadian delegate on the Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes pursuant to Article 2022 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which is a tri-national committee of NAFTA participants, 1994-2007
  • Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, Richardson, Texas, 1998 to present


Recent honours and recognition

Named in Who's Who Legal as a recommended lawyer in Arbitration (2023), and Energy - Oil and Gas (2023)

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability Practice, International Arbitration, Legal Malpractice Law and Product Liability Law (2023)

Best Lawyers in Canada's Calgary Legal Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year (2022)

Named in Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators (2019-2022)

Named in Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Most in Demand Arbitrators (2019-2023)

Calgary Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada (2021)

Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, in the area of Commercial Arbitration (2020)

Recognized as a Leading Litigation Lawyer in Lexpert's Litigation Special Edition (2013-2020)

Named in Lexpert's Special Edition Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers (2020)

Honoured with the Distinguished Service in Canadian Arbitration Award, Canadian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2019)

Best Lawyers in Canada's Calgary International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year, (2019)

Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (2018)

Named in Who's Who Legal: Canada in Energy (2018, 2023), in Arbitration (2005-2013 and 2016-2018, 2023) and a Thought Leader in Arbitration (2017-2018)


November 21, 2022

2022 Who's Who Legal Guide released

September 29, 2022

Chambers Canada recognizes fourteen BD&P lawyers for legal expertise in 2023 edition

August 25, 2022

Thirty-five BD&P lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada, 2023 edition

April 23, 2021

Twenty BD&P lawyers recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021

October 27, 2020

Lexpert ranks a record number of BD&P partners and counsel among Canada's leading energy lawyers

September 9, 2020

Sixteen BD&P lawyers recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Canada

August 27, 2020

Thirty-four lawyers recognized in the 2021 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada guide

April 29, 2020

Twenty-three lawyers ranked in 2020 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

February 14, 2020

Five BD&P partners recognized by Chambers Global as world leading lawyers

December 17, 2019

Six BD&P lawyers named in the 2020 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

December 17, 2019

Six BD&P lawyers named in the 2020 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

August 21, 2019

31 BD&P lawyers included in 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada

May 3, 2019

Twenty-one lawyers ranked across seventeen practice areas in 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

February 14, 2019

Chambers Global recognizes BD&P partners as world-leading lawyers

December 18, 2018

BD&P Lawyers named in the 2019 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

December 13, 2018

BD&P litigators included in Lexpert’s Litigation Special Edition, 2018

November 2, 2018

BD&P lawyers named in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2018

September 21, 2018

BD&P lawyers recognized as leading practitioners in 2019 edition of Chambers Canada

August 21, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 recognizes BD&P lawyers