David Rolf, Q.C.



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Education & Qualifications

  • British Columbia Bar (2018)
  • Northwest Territories Bar (2010)
  • Alberta Bar (1984)
  • LLB (Dalhousie, 1983)
  • MA French History (Alberta, 1980)
  • B.Ed. (Alberta, 1978)
  • BA (Alberta, 1975)

Services and Industries

David has more than 30 years of litigation experience and has represented First Nations in court in challenges to yesterday’s council decision, to last week’s election results and to historic reserve surrenders. He advises on day-to-day governance and self-government issues.

With more than 30 years of litigation experience, David is a member of the bar of Alberta and the bar of the Northwest Territories. His focus for the last 20 years has been Aboriginal law. He advises councils of First Nations and Indigenous communities on governance, legislative and constitutional issues, and in self-government negotiations.

He has represented his clients in civil and constitutional matters before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

He has challenged the validity and effect of an historic reserve surrender in both Federal Courts. He appears regularly in the Federal Courts on judicial reviews of First Nation electoral officer and election appeal decisions, of decisions removing members of council from office; and, most recently, successfully defended a challenge to the validity of a First Nation’s Custom Election Rules.

  • Councillor, Summer Village of Silver Beach
  • Volunteer Director, Alberta Motor Association (the “AMA”)
  • Chair, AMA Edmonton Regional Advisory Board
  • Member, AMA Provincial Board of Governors
  • Past Member, Vestry of the Anglican Parish of Christ Church
  • Past Director, Pro Coro Canada, The Choir
  • A leading practitioner, Indigenous, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel (Alberta, 2014)