OUR TEAM

First Peoples Law Corporation and Donovan & Co. merged in July 2021 to become First Peoples Law LLP. Click here to learn more.

Meet our team

Allan Donovan
Lawyer

After clerking for Justice Bertha Wilson at the Supreme Court of Canada, I practiced for six years at a boutique law firm in Vancouver that specialized in complex litigation. From the outset, I was assigned to a litigation team that was advancing a major piece of Indigenous litigation through the Courts. In 1996 I founded Donovan & Company – a firm dedicated to advancing justice and prosperity for First Nations through assisting with long term planning, governance issues, business development, assertion of Aboriginal rights and title, specific claims resolution, negotiations with business and government and litigation. I have had the privilege of seeing the firm develop into a strong player in the Aboriginal law area with a growing, passionate and dedicated team.

It has been an enormous and humbling privilege for me to work closely with determined and visionary First Nations leadership. Listening carefully to the vision and goals of the First Nation is always central. Planning and continued review of strategic options follows. Not every problem has a legal solution but more often than not there are legal aspects to both the challenges facing First Nations and the opportunities open to them.

When I am not working on Indigenous legal issues I can often be found out running, hiking and enjoying nature, talking to the bees and chickens, and working with my wife Mona on our continued efforts to assist small communities in Southwestern Nicaragua.