Burnet Duckworth & Palmer


2400, 525 - 8th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 1G1

Telephone:+1 403 260 0100
Fax:+1 403 260 0332

The dispute resolution lawyers at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP (BD&P) are recognized as experts in their field and represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters across a range of industry sectors.


BD&P has an extraordinary depth of local industry knowledge and technical expertise, which, hand in hand with talented and experienced litigators, makes it one of the most recognized firms for handling of complex commercial disputes in Western Canada. BD&P has deliberately remained an independent Calgary firm and is uniquely positioned in the market, being the only independent firm of their size and experience focussed on client needs in Alberta.

BD&P works closely with clients not only in relation to current disputes, but also to assist them with litigation preparedness, in order to avoid litigation where possible to minimise potential liability or exposure.


Key areas of service include:

Commercial Litigation: 
their litigators have a wealth of experience handling complex commercial litigation in a wide range of business disputes. The team regularly appears before all levels of Alberta’s Courts, the courts of other provincial jurisdictions, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. Mindful of the cost and time involved in litigation, they seek to find efficient and negotiated solutions to their clients’ disputes.

Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution: 
the lawyers are seasoned in alternative dispute resolution practices, regularly appearing as counsel in international and domestic arbitrations and judicial dispute resolutions. When their clients’ require dispute resolution outside of the traditional court process, BD&P lawyers draw upon their experience to assist them in determining the best course of action to resolve their issues.

Energy Litigation: 
BD&P has extensive experience in all oil and gas related matters giving rise to litigation. The dispute resolution team complements and is complemented by the strength of the firm’s energy law practice, enabling the litigators to work closely with colleagues to provide all the resources that are key to resolving clients’ oil and gas disputes.

Securities Litigation: 
the team provides advice and representation in all areas of securities and corporate litigation before the provincial securities commissions, the major Canadian stock exchanges and the Courts. They are experienced in representing public and private companies, minor and major shareholders, boards of directors, investment dealers, brokers and senior management, providing them with strategic advice on securities law and other related matters.

Construction Litigation: 
BD&P assists clients in all aspects of industrial, commercial and institutional construction project disputes, which often involve complex, multifaceted issues with multiple parties. The team is skilled in effectively and efficiently advising on disputes of varying size and complexity, whilst maintaining a focused, results-oriented approach.

IP and Technology Litigation: 
the litigators protect and assert their clients’ best interests when disputes arise from the misuse or misappropriation of their intellectual property. Whether through litigation, arbitration or mediation of these disputes, they provide an innovative service to meet their clients’ objectives.

Tax Litigation:
 the tax litigators cover all stages of the tax litigation process, including negotiations with appropriate authorities, the provision of opinions, dealing with compliance issues, and appearances before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. They also appear in the Court of Queen’s Bench on provincial income tax matters, for rectification orders and other declaratory judgements.

Class Actions:
 BD&P has considerable experience in all aspects of Canadian and U.S. class actions, representing clients in a broad range of commercial class actions. The lawyers have the ability to navigate the procedural complexities unique to class action litigation, and guide clients expertly through the process, from early negotiated settlement to trial.

Estate Litigation:
 the estate litigation team focuses on the resolution of contentious matters relating to wills, trusts and the administration of complex estates, handling matters in a way that is mindful of the impact that litigation can have on family relationships. The lawyers understand the challenges unique to estate litigation, and strive to assist beneficiaries and trustees in avoiding and resolving claims through effective guidance and advice.

Updated March 2021