Burnet Duckworth & Palmer


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

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

The world is changing, and it’s happening faster than ever. Businesses and people are adapting, but nobody can do it alone. Maybe it’s easier for us to keep up because we’ve always been nimble and brought creative thinking to the way we practise law.

BD&P is a full-service boutique law firm headquartered in Calgary, Canada. Our approximately 120 lawyers are bright, deeply talented legal minds who work on a broad spectrum of corporate and litigation matters, sitting across the table from national and international firms. Our clients live a variety of sectors, including energy, renewables, agribusiness, technology and life sciences.

We are not just legal advisors, we are true partners. We’ve been called unconventional, and we think that makes us better partners to our clients for now — and for the future.

What we do: 

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

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. We navigate the procedural complexities unique to class action litigation and guide clients expertly through the process, from early negotiated settlement to trial.

Commercial Litigation:
We have a wealth of experience handling complex commercial litigation in a wide range of business disputes. Our lawyers regularly appear 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, we seek to find efficient and negotiated solutions to our clients’ disputes.

Construction Litigation:
Our team advises clients in all aspects of industrial, commercial and institutional construction project disputes, which often involve complex, multifaceted issues with multiple parties. We act on disputes of varying size and complexity, whilst maintaining a focused, results-oriented approach.

Employment Litigation:
Our team has appeared before all levels of Court in Western Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, and before administrative tribunals, including in relation to labour relations, human rights, workers’ compensation, employment standards, OH&S and privacy. Such litigation includes wrongful dismissal, breach of restrictive covenants, and human rights related litigation. 

Energy Litigation:
BD&P has extensive experience in a vast range of energy-related disputes, from traditional energy to renewables. The disputes team works with the commercial energy lawyers to provide all the resources needed to resolve energy disputes.

Estate Litigation:
We focus on the resolution of contentious matters relating to wills, trusts and the administration of complex estates, mindful of the impact that litigation can have on family relationships. Our 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.

IP and Technology Litigation:
We protect and assert our clients’ best interests when disputes arise from the misuse or misappropriation of their intellectual property. Whether through litigation, arbitration or mediation of these disputes, we provide tailored advice to meet our clients’ objectives.

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. We 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.

Tax Litigation:
We 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. Our lawyers also appear in the Court of King’s Bench on provincial income tax matters, for rectification orders and other declaratory judgements.


Updated March 2023