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About Doug

Doug is a partner in our St. John’s office. Doug’s practice is focused on the energy sector – in particular offshore oil and gas dispute resolution and all aspects of maritime law. He has a wide range of experience including royalty arbitrations for the energy industry, contract review and compliance, insurance claims, investor-state disputes, ship arrests, and offshore emergency response. Doug’s experience also reaches out to include: arbitration, litigation and mediation of disputes on behalf of oil and gas joint venture owners and insurers and commercial litigation before all levels of Court in both Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

Doug is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and the Association of 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 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 Canada. He has been recognized by Best LawyersTM in Canada for his Energy Regulatory Law practice.


  • 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