Douglas Eyford, Q.C. is a civil litigation lawyer and negotiator. He provides insightful and strategic advice to businesses, governments, and First Nations. Doug was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015.
In civil litigation proceedings, he represents clients in negligence claims, defamation actions, contract disputes, fraud, product liability, railway law, and fire loss. He also acts for securities industry participants on matters relating to investment dealer litigation and regulatory enforcement. As a committed advocate for his clients, Doug works to resolve disputes efficiently. He is experienced in alternate forms of dispute resolution, representing clients at arbitration and mediation.
Doug has a depth of experience serving as trial and appellate counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, and in representing clients before regulatory and administrative tribunals. In the leading personal injury case, Rowe v. Bobell Express Ltd., 2003 BCSC 472, Doug served as trial and appellate counsel (appeal dismissed 2005 BCCA 141). He has served as counsel for transportation carriers —for example as counsel for the defendant in British Columbia v. Canadian National Railway, 2003 BCSC 928—and as counsel for investment dealers, publishers, and numerous other clients in a diverse range of industries.
Doug provides strategic business and legal advice to First Nations, governments, and industry regarding transportation infrastructure and resource development projects. From 2007 to 2014, he served as chief federal negotiator for the Government of Canada in the comprehensive land claims process in British Columbia. The Government of Canada has retained him to provide advice regarding Aboriginal participation in the development of oil and natural gas pipelines in Alberta and British Columbia. His 2013 report to the Prime Minister, Forging Partnerships, Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development, outlined strategies for earning trust and for fostering an inclusive energy economy. Doug continues to share his expertise in Aboriginal law—actively writing, speaking, and sharing insights on how the Crown, industry, and Indigenous groups can engage in a constructive dialogue and build a better path forward.
In 2015, Doug led the federal government’s engagement on the renewal of the comprehensive land claims policy. He canvassed the views of participants in the modern treaty process from across Canada which culminated in the publication of his report, A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.
In the field of insurance law, Doug advises on coverage and residency issues and acts for Canadian and U.S. insurers in proceedings involving life, disability, motor vehicle, sports, and recreation claims.
Eyford Partners, the litigation boutique that Doug co-founded, exemplifies his approach to advocacy, leadership, and professional excellence.