About Doug

Doug is a Partner in our St. John’s office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Doug’s practice is focused on the energy, construction and insurance sectors with a particular focus on commercial arbitration. He has a wide range of experience including royalty matters for the energy industry, construction arbitration, insurance claims and investor-state disputes. Doug’s experience also reaches out to include business dispute resolution on behalf of major project owners and insurers before all levels of Court.

Doug is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He is the former Chair of the Maritime Law Newfoundland and Labrador subsection of the CBA and previously served as the national admiralty bar representative on the Federal Court Rules Committee. Doug was selected as one of the Lexpert Rising Stars for Lawyers under 40 for 2013. He also features in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Doug is listed as Provincial Litigation Star under Commercial, Insolvency, Insurance, and Maritime Law in Benchmark Litigation Canada.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Repeatedly Recommended by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Litigation - Commercial Insurance and Personal Injury (Represents Defendants) (most recently in 2024)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® Canada for his practice in Energy Regulatory Law (since 2020), in Maritime Law (sine 2021), and in Energy Law (since 2024)

Appointments & Community Involvement

  • Former Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland, 2012-2019


  • Executive Education Certificate - Leadership in Law Firms, Harvard University (2016)
  • LL.B., Dalhousie University (1999)
  • Cert. Marine Law, Dalhousie University (1999)
  • B.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland (1996)
  • B.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland (1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Nova Scotia (2000)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador (2007)


  • English