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Douglas A. McGillivray, K.C.


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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

King's Counsel 2000

University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1975

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and History, 1972

Bar admission: Alberta 1976
Franchises, dealerships and distributorships, Construction
Practice areas:
Class actions, Commercial arbitration, Construction litigation, Energy litigation, International commercial arbitration, Litigation and dispute resolution, Mediation, Securities litigation


Douglas's focus is on:

Commercial and 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 and 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 and gas litigation including contractual, joint venture, accounting, royalty, operator and other energy related disputes

Franchise, dealerships and distributorships

  • Provides advice and direction including litigation services when franchise relations break down

Insurance and 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

Community involvement

Douglas is a member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Simon House Recovery Centre. He is a past member of Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and volunteers at the 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

Professional associations

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

Representative work

Sale of Decisive Farming Corp.

Counsel to Decisive Farming Corp in the acquisition by TELUS Agriculture Solutions Inc.


Recent honours and recognition

Recommended lawyer in the area of corporate and commercial litigation by in Best Lawyers in Canada (annually since 2009)

Named as a litigation star in Benchmark Litigation Canada in energy and natural resources, general commercial, and insurance and securities (annually since 2014)