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Among all British Columbia firms ranked by Benchmark Canada, The Donovan & Co boutique firm stands out as one that is truly unique. The firm practices exclusively in the area of aboriginal law litigation, and to that end is one of the few acting exclusively on behalf of First Nations. Founded by name partner Allan Donovan in 1996, the firm's litigation capacity includes aboriginal rights litigation, aboriginal title litigation, residential schools litigation, preparation and negotiation of specific claims, assistance in the treaty negotiations process, aboriginal business ventures, natural resource ventures, tax matters, Indian Act matters, and assisting First Nations in their other negotiations with government and industry. Donovan's gravitas in this practice is such that he has drawn near unanimous praise, curiously all of it coming from those who have opposed him. "Allan is leading aboriginal lawyer, we see him often and are very impressed. He is very thorough and ethical, and there aren't many working in his capacity that can generate that kind of respect. [He is a] worthy adversary." Donovan represented various aboriginal nations in several individual claims, including one relating to the negotiation of a suite of agreements relating to a proposed multibillion-dollar industrial project; another in a claim for compensation relating to the loss of a large and valuable Indian Reserve, and another in negotiation and litigation concerning overlapping aboriginal claims to certain lands in British Columbia.
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