Don articled at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (“TDS”) then served as an Associate and Partner, most recently as CEO and Managing Partner until December 31, 2016.  Has now resumed fulltime practice as a Partner.

Throughout his career, his preferred areas of practice have been limited to all aspects of commercial law, in both transactional and litigation matters.  Having earned an LLM (Alternative Dispute Resolution) from Osgoode Hall in 2010, in the future he intends to focus on dispute resolution with an emphasis on mediation.

During the course of his practice, he has participated on various panels and authored a number of papers in presentations for The Law Society of Manitoba, the Canadian Bar Association and other professional bodies.  He co-chaired the 1999 Pitblado Lectures on Business Law and Litigation with then Associate Chief Justice Jeffrey J. Oliphant and has also been a presenter at those same Lectures.

  • Primary Practice Area

    Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

  • Practice Areas

    Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

    Litigation and Dispute Resolution

    Corporate and Commercial Law

    Financial Services

  • Education

    York University (Osgoode Hall) LLM (ADR) 2010

    University of Manitoba, B.Sc., 1969 and LL.B., 1974

  • Industries


    Financial Services

  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 1975

  • Achievements

    Recognized by the Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer in insolvency (Non-litigation); Insolvency (litigation); Litigation - Corporate Commercial.

    Selected for inclusion in the 2006 - 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring.

    Selected as Best Lawyers Winnipeg Lawyer of the Year for Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law in 2012.

  • In the Community

    In 2016, Don was elected as a member of the Lex Mundi Board of Directors.

    Don is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba and Canadian Bar Association.

    Served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba, Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Law (Manitoba), Board Member of Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Chair of the Board of Governors of St. John’s-Ravenscourt School.