Donna Purcell

Donna Purcell


Red Deer/Calgary, AB

After articling at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench, Ms. Purcell joined the civil litigation department at a major Calgary law firm where her practice involved representing oil and gas companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, and individuals in various civil disputes.

She relocated to an Edmonton law firm focused on representing insurance companies and individuals in serious personal injury and other insurance-related matters. Her civil litigation practice includes insurance and serious personal injury, employment law and corporate/commercial disputes. Donna Purcell, QC has successfully appeared at all levels of Court in the province of Alberta and before various administrative tribunals. She is trained in the mediation of civil disputes. Her goal is to provide timely and cost effective solutions to her clients, including by alternative dispute resolution processes.

She is passionately involved in her local and legal communities, including volunteering with a range of organizations and is a generous supporter of various charitable organizations including those focused on access to justice, charities focused on youth and various arts groups.

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Central Alberta Bar Society
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member)
  • Advocates’ Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary)


  • Harvard Business Analytics Program, 2021
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, Juris Doctor, 1988
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Psychology (Honours) Program, First Class Standing, 1982-1985
  • Legal Education Society of Alberta training in the Mediation of Civil Disputes (I and II) with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution on behalf of clients

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected for the Top 100 Attorneys Magazine (North America), 2020
  • Selected for the Top 100 Canadian Professionals Magazine, 2020
  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Gary J. Bigg Champion of Justice Award, 2018
  • Women in Law Leadership, (WILL), Award Recipient, Leadership in the Community, 2015
  • Queen’s Counsel Appointment, 2011
  • Prism Award for outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services, 2011
  • University of Calgary Scholarship in Law, 1987
  • Louise McKinney Scholarship in Law (for Highest Academic Standing), 1985
  • Louise McKinney Scholarship (for Exceptional Academic Achievement), 1984
  • Calgary Herald Scholarship in Social Sciences, 1983
  • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship, 1982
  • Texaco Merit Scholarship, 1982-1985

Professional & Community Involvement


  • Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association – Past President, Board Member, COVID-19 Emergency Response
  • Team, Rules of Court Committee (ad hoc)
  • Canadian Bar Association – Leader Development Committee
  • Central Alberta Bar Society – COVID-19 Emergency Response Team
  • Legal Archives Society of Alberta – Board Member, Busts Project
  • Central Alberta Legal Clinic Foundation (Pro Bono Clinic) – Volunteer


  • Court of Appeal Management Systems E-Filing Project
  • Strive Dance Academy Society – Chair and Founding Director, Various Committees
  • Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off as celebrity paired with professional dance instructor and fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters (personally raising $45,000 in 2014 from the legal and Red Deer Community), Honorary Cabinet Member
  • Central Alberta Legal Clinic Foundation – Chair and Founding Director (Prism Award recipient)
  • Central Alberta Bar Association – President
  • Red Deer Downtown Business Association – President
  • Red Deer Visitor and Convention Bureau – Chair
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta (Central Alberta) – Chair, Volunteer, Organizer and Participant “World of Choices” High School Career Forum for Women
  • École Camille J. Lerouge Parent Council (former Vice Chair and various committees)
  • Canadian Parents for French – President, Founder, Organizer and Judge Elementary French Writing Contest
  • Law Society of Alberta – Queen’s Counsel Selection Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association – Council, Engagement Task Force, Law Day Volunteer, Subsection Facilitator
  • City of Red Deer – Heritage Ranch Advisory Committee
  • Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities – Friends of Red Deer Fundraising Committee
  • Red Deer Child Care Society – Futures Committee Chair
  • Pedal for People – Charitable Bike Riding raising funds for charities including Canadian Paraplegic Association, Red Deer Search and Rescue
  • Calgary Legal Guidance – Volunteer

Publications & Presentations