The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is saddened to learn of the death of Thomas A. McDougall Q.C., LL.B. 1966, who passed away peacefully before sunrise on Monday, August 5 in Ottawa. As Chairman Emeritus and Founding Partner of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, he and the firm have had strong ties to the law school for decades.
During his almost 50 years of practice as an international arbitration, litigation, and business lawyer in Ottawa, he resolved client issues in all areas of commercial, labour, employment, real estate, intellectual property, and insurance law through both traditional litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution methods. He won Best Lawyers' 2015 Ottawa International Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" and was a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, an Honourary Member of the Canadian Bar Association, and a Life Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments for the Government of Canada.
Throughout his career, he has given his time, patience and expertise by mentoring many lawyers who will undoubtedly reflect on the positive influence he has had on their careers. Under his leadership, Perley-Robertson has generously supported both students and graduates. The firm’s philanthropic investment in the Ian G. Scott Courtroom and student awards has made a tremendous impact on many.
We extend our condolences to his family and son, Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall, LL.B. 1994, as well as to his many colleagues at Perley-Robertson and those he has impacted in and out of the law community, locally and abroad.