Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Daniel J McDonald QC

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Dan is the vice-chair and a senior partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary with over 40 years’ experience advising on complex litigation cases and acting as counsel in mediation and arbitration matters. During that period, he has also acted as a sole arbitrator, member of an arbitration panel, adjudicator and mediator.

Dan is actively involved as arbitrator, mediator and counsel in commercial and energy disputes, and has broad experience in general litigation matters including corporate, commercial, energy, securities, construction, tax and estate litigation. His experience in energy litigation is extensive and many cases have involved complex valuation, engineering, geological, tax and accounting matters. He has appeared before trial and appellate courts in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, and other tribunals including securities commissions, competition tribunals, utilities and energy boards, professional disciplinary tribunals and others.

Dan has represented investment dealers and individuals in securities administrative proceedings and litigation, and acted for issuers and investment dealers in defence of class action shareholders’ claims and securities claims. He has also litigated employment and labour matters, and acted as counsel to employers and unions in a variety of disputes including labour relations and pension disputes.


Dan was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994 and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of Calgary Energy & Commercial Arbitrators (CECA), and also the President and a Director of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society (WCCAS).

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Alberta; Canadian Bar Association; Calgary Bar Association; Supreme Court Advocacy Institute; AAA/ICDR Canada Panel of Arbitrators; Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS); ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC); ADR Institute of Alberta (ADRIA); Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), CCC Arbitration Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and ICC Canada.


Dan is a Director of the Glencoe Club, President and Director of the Glencoe Golf and Country Club and a Director of Book Clubs for Inmates.