Peter Major, Q.C.

  • Partner at McLennan Ross LLP (102 Attorneys)
  • 1000 First Canadian Centre, 350-7th Avenue, SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 3N9
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Peter is a Q.C. lawyer whose practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, arbitrations and mediations.

Peter regularly appears, and has been successful, in all levels of Court in Alberta. His experience awards him the opportunity to provide practical and effective advice on how his clients can best pursue a resolution specific to their matters.

He also has experience with corporate governance, intellectual property and trade secrets, oil and gas, defamation, employment, construction, aeronautics, commercial real estate, and estate law.

Prior to becoming a private practitioner, Peter clerked with the Alberta Court of Appeal and Queen’s Bench, and also worked as a Prosecutor with the Alberta Department of Justice. He continued to prosecute as an agent for the Federal Department of Justice for seven years during his primary years in private practice.


•LL.B., University of Wales Cardiff (Honours)
•B.A., University of California Berkley

Awards and Recognition:

•Appointed Queen's Counsel


Peter is involved in multiple commercial disputes representing a wide variety of corporate and individual clients ranging from complex contractual disputes, oppression claims, fraud, subrogated claims, patent protection, defamation, commercial and resident real estate disputes to all forms of employment matters. Notably, Peter assisted colleagues in Toronto as Canadian counsel for an overseas institutional client in a $700 million multi cross-border banking litigation dispute.

Peter also works in the energy industry as lead counsel on behalf of individuals, junior, mid-size and major corporations in all forms of disputes ranging from royalty claims, Rights of First Refusal, AMI acquisitions, trespass, lease enforcement and collapses, facilities operations, interpretation and applications of CO&O Agreements and CAPL procedures, enforcement and challenges to caveat registration and mining claims.


Peter has a significant amount of experience with respect to arbitrations. He is a member of the Advocates' Society National Teaching Faculty and presented in the Arbitration Advocacy Program in 2016.

Some of Peter's experience includes:

•The rights to and obligations with asserting ownership of mining claims
•The enforcement of the Real Estate Purchase Contract in multiple scenarios of residential property purchase and sale
•The enforcement of lease terms in multiple scenarios of commercial lease disputes
•The rights of both employers and employees in claims of wrongful termination and termination for cause
•The rights of a Lessor and Lessee pursuant to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen's Operating Procedure, the Farmout and Royalty Procedure, and the Petroleum Accountants Surety of Canada's Accounting Procedure
•The determination of royalty rights, facilities and processing fees in the oil and gas industry


• 2013 Civil Trial Advocacy Program , The Advocates’ Society
• 2012 Civil Trial Advocacy Program , The Advocates’ Society

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Construction
  • Energy, Environmental & Regulatory
  • Estates, Trusts & Taxation
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403.303.9104  Phone
403.531.4720  Fax
University Attended:
University of California - Berkley, B.A.
Law School Attended:
University of Wales - Cardiff, LL.B., Honours
Year of First Admission:
1991, Alberta

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Calgary Bar Association
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, The Advocates’ Society
•Former Board Member, Alberta Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners Association


Peer Reviews

  • 2.9/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Calgary, Alberta

  • Calgary, AB
    1000 First Canadian Centre , 350-7th Avenue, SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 3N9

    403.303.9104 Phone

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