Doug is a senior family lawyer who has practiced family law for over 30 years. His practice is largely mediation and arbitration of family law disputes. Often Doug is acting as a mediator/arbitrator in a hybrid process that combines the benefit of both mediation and arbitration.
In addition, Doug assists a few select clients in reaching resolution through negotiation, collaborative law, mediation, arbitration, and when necessary through litigation.
Families ask Doug to help them as a valued neutral (mediator or arbitrator) in a wide range of instances including:
In 2016, Doug received the Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch. He also received the AFMS John Haynes Award for outstanding contribution to Family Mediation in the Province of Alberta in recognition of his involvement in creating and continuing the Dispute Resolution Officer Program.
Doug is a Past Chair of the Family Section for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) in Calgary, Past Chair of the CBA National Family Law Section and Past Member of the Alberta Law Society’s Family Law Advisory Committee.
Doug served for many years as a Family Law Instructor for the Bar Admission Course and taught aspects of family law at the University of Calgary Law School as a guest instructor. He presented on the issues of property division for common law couples at the 2012 Super Conference and on issues related to mediation/arbitration at the 2015 Super Conference.
Doug was the CBA Representative to the Alberta’s Family Justice Services Strategy Committee, has presented papers and lectures on various family law topics for the CBA, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the National Family Law Program and Saskatchewan Legal Education. He sat on the Federal Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee and has provided advice to both the Federal and Provincial Departments of Justice at their request.
There has been an expression within the Alberta Family Bar for some time now as a reference to a better way of dealing with family law cases. This is often referred to as practicing “Moe Law”.
In 1995 the Calgary Herald profiled Doug as a “Local Hero” in recognition of his work with two children’s charities in Calgary; the Children’s Cottage and Kamp Kiwanis.
Doug is married, a proud father of three and grandfather of two.