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)


May 1, 2024

BD&P Lawyers Ranked as Future and Litigation Stars

November 17, 2023

Ten BD&P Lawyers included in the Who's Who Legal: Canada 2023 Guide

August 24, 2023

Forty-one BD&P lawyers recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers Canada

March 1, 2023

Recognition from Lexpert celebrates BD&P lawyers as recommended leaders in Canada

August 25, 2022

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

April 28, 2021

Fifteen BD&P litigation lawyers ranked in Benchmark Canada 2021

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

April 14, 2020

Thirteen BD&P litigation lawyers ranked in Benchmark Canada 2020

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

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

March 26, 2019

Ten litigation partners ranked in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Canada

February 14, 2019

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

December 13, 2018

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