Douglas G.Mils 394

Doug Mills


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University of Calgary, Bachelor of Laws, 1983

University of Calgary, Bachelor of Science, 1978

Bar admission: Alberta 1984
Oil and gas, Power
Practice areas:
Occupational health and safety, Commercial arbitration, Employment litigation, Energy litigation, International commercial arbitration, Litigation and dispute resolution, Mediation


Douglas's focus is on:

  • Commercial and general litigation
  • Energy litigation
  • Intellectual property and technology litigation
  • Occupational health and safety and environmental defence litigation
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Mediation

Community involvement

Douglas is a Director and Past Chair of the Fort Calgary Preservation Society. He is also an Executive Board Member of the Alcove Addiction Recovery for Women Society.

Professional involvement

Doug is a member of BD&P's Conflicts Committee and is a former co-lead of the litigation group. Doug is also a past Instructor in the civil litigation component of the Alberta Bar Admission course, at the University of Calgary Trial Advocacy program.

Professional associations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society


Doug provides seminars to various client and industry groups on civil litigation and occupational health and safety matters. including:

  • Rights of First Refusal, Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen (CAPL), March 2002
  • Co-presenter of papers for the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation including Douglas G. Mills and Brian Beck, Recent Judicial Developments of Interest to Oil & Gas Lawyers (1998) 36 Alta. L. Rev. (No.2) 486
  • Douglas G. Mills, Carolyn A. Wright and Julie J.M. Taylor (née Inch), Exploring the Balance of Power in the Operator/Non-Operator Relationship under the CAPL Operating Procedure (2010) 48 Alta. L. Rev. (No.2) 363

Representative work

Occupational health and safety advice for an agriculture retailer

Counsel to a retail supplier of agricultural products and services with respect to advice regarding their process safety management and potential liabilities under various regulations.


Recent honours and recognition

Named a senior statesperson in litigation: general commercial (Alberta) by Chambers Canada (2022)

Recognized by Chambers Canada as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution arbitration (nationwide - Canada) and litigation: general commercial (Alberta) (2016-2021)

Named in Lexpert's Special Edition of Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, 2017, 2018 and 2020

Named in Chambers Global Client's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, 2019

Recommended lawyer in dispute resolution: Alberta by the Legal 500 Canada (2018-2019)

Named in Lexpert's special edition on Canada's leading litigation lawyers (2018-2019)

Calgary corporate and commercial litigation lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers in Canada (2018)

Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in directors' and officers' liability and securities litigation (2012-2017), and in corporate and commercial Litigation (annually since 2004)

Named in Chamber's Global as a leading dispute resolution lawyer (2008-2015)

Best Lawyers in Canada recommended lawyer in the area of corporate and commercial litigation (annually since 2008)

Named as a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation Canada in the areas of arbitration, energy and natural resources and general commercial (annually since 2012)