Danica Doucette-Preville Associate

Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Year of Call: 2015 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-298-1089

Fax: +1 403-263-9193

Email: danica.dp@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Calgary

Danica Doucette-Preville

Danica Doucette-Preville is an associate in Gowling WLG's Calgary office. As a barrister and solicitor, she practises in the areas of wills and estates, white collar defence & investigations, and international trade.

As part of our private client services team, Danica helps clients through all stages of estate planning, execution and administration. She drafts wills, enduring powers of attorney and personal directives for clients with a straightforward estate to complex family dynamics. She also has experience assisting personal representatives (executors) with administering estates, including managing the court process for applications for probate, providing advice to clients dealing with contentious issues, and advising beneficiaries on their rights, including through family maintenance and support applications and litigation.

Danica is the instructor of Law 533: Wills and Estates at the Faculty of Law of the University of Calgary. She is also currently a student member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and enrolled in the STEP Canada Diploma program.

As a lawyer practicing in business integrity and anti-corruption, Danica has advised on international transactions and investigations around the world and provided advice to clients on compliance with Canada's Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, including building robust internal compliance, corporate social responsibility and business ethics programs, and in performing internal audits or investigations to monitor ongoing compliance.

In her international trade law practice, Danica advises the firm's clients on matters involving trade and investment agreements, export/import controls and sanctions as well as embargos, and all aspects of customs compliance, such as tariff classification, origin, valuation, temporary entry, drawback and duty deferral programs, and customs audits/verifications and voluntary disclosures. She also has experience advising on Canada's Special Economic Measures Act, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and bilateral or multilateral free trade or investment agreements, such as NAFTA and CETA.

Danica actively gives back to the community, providing pro bono legal advice at the Civil Claims Duty Counsel program at the Calgary Courts Centre, where she assists self-represented litigants in Provincial Court of Alberta matters and volunteering her time and expertise to drafting estate documents for Wellspring Calgary clients.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Danica worked at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa for over eight years. Danica speaks fluent French and has advanced Spanish language skills. Her Serbian is a work in progress. She has previously been a sessional instructor for Law 510: Ethical Lawyering (Faculty of Law, University of Calgary).

Career & Recognition

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  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2014

    • Community
      December 2014
      Association of Women Lawyers, Director (2014–2018)
    • Education
      July 2014
      University of Ottawa, JD Common Law French (Cum Laude)
  • 2006

    • Career
      May 2006
      Global Affairs Canada (previously Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development, Canada)
  • 2005

    • Education
      November 2005
      Queen's University, MA (Philosophy)
  • 2002

    • Education
      July 2002
      University of Alberta, B.Sc.

Media Mentions, External Publications and Public Engagements

  • Quoted in "'A bit more urgency': Calgarians inquire about legal preparations for end of life, illness," CBC, April 1, 2020
  • Co-Speaker, “That’s not what I meant, or was it? Family and Estate Case Law and Legislation Update”, Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP), Calgary (February 25, 2020)
  • Speaker, "The Trifecta of Estate Planning", Money Matters Program, Wellspring Calgary (February and June 2019)
  • Guest Speaker, "Wills & Estates for Family Lawyers: How to Plan for Spouses, AIPs and Blended Families," Canadian Bar Association, Alberta South Branch, Family Law (February 19, 2019)
  • Moderator, CBA National Webinar, "Publishing What You Pay: Lessons Learned from the First Year Under ESTMA", October 24, 2017
  • Speaker, Gowling WLG Client Event, "International & Domestic Arbitration: An Effective Option for Dispute Resolution", September 21, 2017
  • Speaker, Global Petroleum Show: Africa Oil & Gas Forum, "Doing Business in Africa: What a Canadian Company Needs to Know," June 13, 2017
  • Peer Reviewer, Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law, May 2017
  • Quoted in "Mining Companies Have Until May 30 To Report Any Payments to Foreign Governments," Kitko News, May 26, 2017
  • Author, Canadian Lawyer Magazine, "How Pro Bono Work Made me a Stronger Advocate," May 23, 2017
  • Speaker, Iran-Canada Business Council & Gowling WLG, "Doing Business in Iran", November 28, 2016
  • Quoted in "Canada introduces new controlled exports smuggling offence," World ECR Journal, Issue 52, July 2016
  • Robidoux, Kristine, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "What are the ramifications of the new Canadian federal government's debarment policy?," Ethic Intelligence, June 2015
  • Robidoux, Kristine, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "Government raises bar for behaviour abroad," Lawyers Weekly, May 15, 2015, p.15
  • Robidoux, Kristine, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "Corruption risks facing franchisors," Gowlings, April 2015
  • Hirani, Noren, Doucette-Preville, Danica, "Taking The Bull By The Horns: Addressing Gaps in Calgary's Legal Market," Law Matters, Winter 2014-15, Vol. 39, No. 4