Areas of Practice
Personal Tax Planning
Don has been a partner with Felesky Flynn LLP since 2000. He was co-managing partner from 2009 – 2016 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. Don’s practice covers a broad range of business and personal taxation matters. His areas of emphasis and experience include mergers and acquisitions, corporate tax planning, resource taxation, reorganizations of public and private corporations and other entities, estate planning and dispute resolution with taxation authorities.
Don has been a frequent speaker including as a speaker at conferences of the Canadian Tax Foundation and as a speaker and lecturer for provincial law societies and bar associations on a wide variety of taxation topics.
Don is a past chair (2011 to 2015) and a former member (2010 to 2016) of the Division Board of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Alberta and NWT).
Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2014
Joined Felesky Flynn LLP, 1999
Called to the Alberta Bar, 1998
Called to the Manitoba Bar, 1986
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), University of Western Ontario, 1985
Memberships and Associations
Chair, Division Board, Director Canadian National Institute for the Blind (Alberta and NWT)
Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
Member, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
Past Chairman, Federal Finance Committee, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Past Director, Manitoba Cancer Treatment & Research Foundation
Publications and Presentations
“Income Trusts: Structuring and Income Tax Aspects”, Workshop at the 2003 CTF Conference
“Planning Alternatives for Resources Exploitation Industries using paragraph 149(1)(c) of the Income Tax Act”, Native Investment and Trade Association , “Aboriginal Oil and Gas Taxation” conference (Calgary, October 1998)
“Opportunities and Pitfalls in Cross-border Business Structures”, 1998 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation,1998)
“Aboriginal Income and the Economic Mainstream”, Report of the Proceedings of the Forty-Ninth Canadian Tax Foundation Conference (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 1998)
“Recent Case Law”, 1992 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation,1993)