From 1983 through 1987 Robert studied Philosophy at the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan. In 1987 he went to work for the Government of Canada in a variety of capacities, including senior policy advisor and political advisor to the Minister of Finance.
In 1990 Robert returned to Calgary and entered law school at the University of Calgary, where he obtained his LL.B. in 1993. At law school Robert excelled in the debating and moot court program, winning the Blackstone Team Debates as well as the medal for the best Individual Debater in both first and second year. In his third year of law school Robert was picked to join the U of C's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, eventually placing as the 4th best individual oralist at the National Competition in Toronto. That same year he won the Neil V. Germaine Scholarship for academic merit and leadership ability.
After law school, Robert was invited to article with the Alberta Court of Appeal. Robert completed his articles with Bennett Jones, one of Canada's leading national law firms, where he also worked as an associate until 2002 at which time he became a Partner in the litigation group. While practicing at Bennett Jones, Robert obtained experience in virtually all areas of corporate/commercial litigation.
In 2005 Robert joined JSS Barristers where he has continued his high level practice in commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on securities related litigation, including broker litigation and discipline hearings, corporate restructuring disputes, shareholder oppression, derivative and class actions and on corporate fraud and recovery from employees, sub-contractors, partners and corporate officers. Robert has directed: complex class actions, corporate oppression actions, proxy fights, shareholder derivative actions and emergency injunction applications to freeze and discover assets and obtain investigation orders, asset tracing, fraudulent conveyances, and Bankruptcy Act orders which enable the victims of fraud to have their judgment survive the Defendant's bankruptcy.
Robert also has extensive experience in oil and gas litigation and arbitrations, construction litigation, contract breach cases, First Nations governance, pension litigation and defamation actions, and he has represented clients in professional disciplinary matters before the Alberta Securities Commission, APEGGA, CREB and the Professional Conduct Committee of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
He acts for a range of clients, from large corporations, pension funds and public institutions to individuals, small businesses and partnerships.
A full biography is available at: http://www.jssbarristers.ca/pages/people/hawkes-robert.cfm