DGW Law Corporation focuses on providing a wide range of services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, as well as partners working with Aboriginal interests in Canada. Our primary service areas include all aspects of the following:
Our lawyers represent clients in Victoria as well as in Canada’s North. The firm is headquartered in Victoria.
Devlin Gailus was founded in 2005 by Christopher Devlin and John Gailus, two practitioners located in Western Canada who are well-known and respected within the Aboriginal law bar in Canada. In 2014, Devlin Gailus incorporated as Devlin Gailus Westaway. In 2015, Tim Watson became a director and shareholder. In 2016, the firm’s name changed to DGW Law Corporation, doing business as Devlin Gailus Watson.
Christopher Devlin is called to the bars of British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Christopher is past Chair of the CBA’s National Aboriginal Law Section, and currently sits on that section’s Law Reform Committee. He has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is consistently recognized by Lexpert as a leading Canadian lawyer in Aboriginal law.
John Gailus is a member of the Haida Nation. His practice focuses on consultation, Aboriginal and Treaty rights litigation, Indian Act issues, and economic development. Prior to becoming a lawyer, John worked with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development as the Senior Land Management and Leasing Officer for the west coast of British Columbia. He also has appeared at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. John too is recognized by Lexpert as a leading Canadian lawyer in Aboriginal law.
Tim Watson is called to the bar of British Columbia and has worked with First Nations and Tribal Councils across western Canada since 2003, advising on issues such as Aboriginal and Treaty rights, governance, impact benefit agreements, revenue sharing, consultation and the negotiation and implementation of modern Treaties. Prior to practicing law, Tim worked as a consultant in a boutique firm specializing in specific claims research, negotiations and economic development.
The firm of DGW Law Corporation includes ten associates and a full legal support team.