Doug Yoshida is a partner in the Litigation Group in Calgary. His practice is focused on representing companies, primarily in the oil and gas industry, in complex commercial disputes.
Doug has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of court in Alberta, including in chambers, trials and appeals and represents parties before administrative, mediation and arbitration hearings. He has also been retained to litigate disputes elsewhere in, and outside of, Canada. Doug is regularly retained by exploration and production companies and other businesses in the energy industry, both private and public, due to his understanding of his clients’ businesses and his significant oil and gas litigation experience.
Some examples of Doug’s oil and gas litigation experience include upstream, midstream and downstream disputes regarding: EPCM and joint venture claims concerning oil sands projects; pipeline ruptures and associated land owner and insurance coverage claims; shallow gas joint ventures; CO&O agreements; and the purchase and sale of oil and gas interests in different provinces. Doug has also acted as counsel regarding plans of arrangement, including the $1.6 billion acquisition of Petrominerales by Pacific Rubiales.
Doug’s litigation experience also includes disputes regarding: corporate transactions; joint venture and joint operating agreements; transportation, facilities and processing agreements; royalty, net profit interest, farmout and pooling agreements; pricing contracts and accounting disputes; oil and gas service agreements; facility, equipment and pipeline failures; share and asset purchase and sale transactions; finder’s fees; shareholder rights, including oppression, insider trading and share valuation claims; insurance coverage, including property damage and business interruption claims; product liability issues; employment issues related to the purchase and sale of companies; professional negligence claims regarding oil and gas operations and financial advisors; commercial leases; and fraud, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary claims.
Doug obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy after attending the University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary and obtained his law degree from Dalhousie University. Doug has been a member of the firm’s litigation group since completing his articles with McCarthy Tétrault.
Since 2005, Doug has served on the national pro bono committee at McCarthy Tétrault LLP which helps oversee the approximately 10,000 hours per year of pro bono services that the firm’s lawyers provide to the community. Doug helped lead the creation of the Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen’s Bench Amicus programs which provide pro bono legal advice to unrepresented litigants in the Alberta courts. In 2015-2016, these programs helped approximately 5,000 Albertans.
Doug’s past and current community activities include: Pro Bono Students Canada, Calgary Legal Guidance, Student Legal Assistance, Calgary Drop-In & Rehabilitation Center, Annual Project Homeless Connect, the University of Calgary Student Union Tribunal, The Mustard Seed, Civil Claims Duty Counsel, Queen’s Bench Amicus, Bankers Hall Club Members Advisory Group, Legal Education of Alberta bar admission course instructor and the University of Calgary mentor program.
Doug has spoken at numerous seminars for the Canadian Securities Institute, Insight Information Co., University of Lethbridge and University of Calgary. Doug has also co-authored articles, including:
- "Public Policy in Canadian Contract Law", Annual Review of Civil Litigation (2007) as cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia, 2010 SCC 4;
- "Who Can Be Examined For Discovery: The Evolution of Rule 200(1) and its Application Under the Proposed Rules of Court", Alberta Law Review (2008); and
- “Piercing the Corporate Veil: A Canadian Overview and Risk Assessment”, Annual Review of Civil Litigation (2014).