Robert’s expertise in corporate and securities litigation is widely recognized in both the securities industry and the legal community. Robert regularly represents public companies, investment dealers, officers, directors, shareholders, investment advisors and investors in the myriad disputes that can arise in the capital markets. His securities litigation practice includes class actions, proceedings before securities regulators, director and officer liability claims, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, oppression remedy matters, takeover bid litigation, negligence claims against investment advisors and dealers, cyber-fraud investigations and claims in the financial sector, and wrongful dismissal suits against investment firms.
Robert has extensive experience representing individual and corporate respondents before the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA) and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO).
Robert also has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice that includes breach of contract suits, fraud and cyber-fraud investigations and claims, business tort claims, wrongful dismissal actions and professional negligence suits.
Robert has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario and, due to his expertise in corporate and securities matters, has been counsel on a wide range of civil cases, class actions and regulatory proceedings across the country. He is a frequent speaker on corporate, securities and civil litigation issues and is a skills instructor at trial practice workshops put on by The Advocates’ Society.
Robert is recognized by Lexpert as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada and has been featured in the Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers. He has also been recognized as a leading securities and corporate commercial litigation lawyer by Benchmark Canada and as a leading corporate commercial litigator by Best Lawyers in Canada. Robert is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Faculty, Summer Trial Advocacy College, The Advocates’ Society, June 9 & 10, 2016 and June 14 & 15, 2018
Co-Author, “Separate, Independent and Confounding: Understanding Personal Liability for Corporate Acts”, Annual Review of Civil Litigation (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Canada Limited, 2017, reproduced with permission).
Speaker, “Errors and Omissions Insurance — What you need to know”, MFDA Risk Management Conference, October 27, 2017
Instructor, Advanced Do a Trial, Advocates’ Society, September 23, 2017
Speaker, “Compliance, The Future is Now”, Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals Annual Conference, April 24, 2017
Faculty, Motions Advocacy, The Advocates’ Society, February 7, 2017
Panellist, 5th Annual Conference, Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers, April 26, 2016
Speaker, “Compliance, Own It”, Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals Annual Conference, April 25, 2016
Speaker, Assante Wealth Management and CI Financial – National Wealth Management Conferences, 2014-2016
Speaker, “Risk Management, Suitability and Complaint Handling”, Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals Annual Conference, April 27, 2015
Speaker and Instructor, “Objections During Cross-Examination and Re-Examination”, The Advocates’ Society, April 17, 2015
The Advocates’ Society: Member and Skills Instructor
Member of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada
Called to the Bar – 1998
LL.B., University of Toronto – 1996
M.A., University of Western Ontario – 1993
B.A., University of Western Ontario – 1992 (Gold Medalist, Political Science)