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Daniel McDonald

Daniel McDonald


Academic Qualifications:

B.Sc. (with Distinction), LL.B., FCIArb


Professional Memberships:

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)

Full Member, ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA) and ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC)

Member, Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), CCC Arbitration Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and ICC Canada

Member, Law Society of Alberta

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, Calgary Bar Association

Director, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS)

Past President, Sopinka Cup Society, 2011-2012, Member, 2008-present


Arbitration Experience:

Counsel and neutral in many arbitrations and mediations


ADR Specialization: Energy Commercial Securities Firm: Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Address: 2400, 525 – 8 Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 1G1
Phone: 403-260-5724


Honours & Recognition


Named as Best Lawyer’s Calgary Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2015

Named in Expert Guides -The Legal Media Group Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers, in Litigation, 2014

Named in Lexpert’s Special Edition on Litigation, as one of Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, December 2013 & 2014

Named in Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, 2013

Named to America Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell’s selected list of Canada’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2013

Named in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, as a leading litigator in Alberta and Canada, 2012-2014

Named as Best Lawyers Calgary Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012

Named in Chambers Global Clients’ Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers in the area of Dispute Resolution, annually since 2007

Named in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as a consistently or repeatedly recommended leading lawyer in the areas of Class Actions annually since 2009 and in the areas of Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation and Directors & Officers Liability, annually since 2004

Named in The Best Lawyers in Canada, in the areas of Corporate & Commercial Litigation, Employment & Labour Law and Securities Litigation, annually since 2006 and in Bet the Company Litigation, annually since 2008

Named in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, in the areas of Corporate Commercial, Director/Officer Liability and Securities Litigation annually since 2007

Named in Which Lawyer, Yearbook 2012 listing world-wide leading lawyers, as a recommended leading practitioner in Dispute Resolution

Community Involvement

Former Chair and Director, The Calgary Learning Centre

Former Vice-Chair and Member, Alberta Press Council

Professional & Firm Involvement

Member, Executive Committee, BD&P

Member, Associates Committee, BD&P

Past Sessional Instructor, Mount Royal College, Oil and Gas Law for Professional Landmen

Guest Speaker, Canadian Bar Association and University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Past Lecturer, University of Calgary, Trial Advocacy Course

Recent Representative Work

Alberta Securities Commission Insider Trading Hearing – Counsel to corporate executives in a 2012 insider trading hearing before the Alberta Securities Commission

Poison Pill Hearing – Counsel for an acquiror in a 2011 successful application to the Alberta Securities Commission to cease trade a Shareholder Rights Plan in a bidding war in the pharmaceutical industry

Aviation Litigation – Counsel for a low cost carrier in a complex lawsuit against a legacy airline in the Ontario Supreme Court

Energy Arbitration – Counsel for an independent power producer in arbitrations with its coal supplier


The Grande Cache Coal Case: Lessons on Materiality, Trading & ASC Enforcement Proceedings, CBA Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, (with Andrew Sunter) May 23, 2013

Written and presented papers for client and public presentations on oil and gas, class actions, complex litigation, employment, labour arbitration and occupational health and safety matters


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