Michael J. "Mike" Donaldson

Michael J. "Mike" Donaldson

Lawson Lundell LLP

Recognized since 2013

Calgary, Alberta

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Appellate Practice

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

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Mike Donaldson, QC, has practiced energy, commercial, and securities litigation, and commercial arbitration in Calgary for over 25 years. He has extensive experience with claims in the electricity, oil & gas, midstream, petrochemical, and pulp & paper industries both before the courts and in complex commercial arbitrations.

Mike has appeared as counsel in over 100 reported cases before all Alberta Courts, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Alberta and B.C. Securities Commissions, and other regulatory tribunals, and has been counsel in dozens of private commercial arbitrations. He has also argued several precedent-setting cases that have helped to delineate the jurisdictional boundaries between the courts and arbitration panels in commercial arbitrations, and established important principles regarding enforcement and annulment of arbitration awards.

In addition to maintaining a busy practice, Mike has taught effective writing, legal drafting, and written advocacy courses to lawyers and business people in law firms, industry, government and regulatory bodies. He has also published several articles in Canadian and US law journals. Mike also holds an LLM from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar in 2017.


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    Brookfield Place
    Calgary, AB T2P 1N2

Lawson Lundell LLP
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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation

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