Robert joined Clyde & Co in 2011 upon the firm’s merger with Nicholl Paskell-Mede, where he had been a partner since 1997. He has a particular expertise in construction disputes and is frequently retained to advise and represent the interests of developers, owners, contractors, construction professionals and their insurers. He has handled, defended and resolved hundreds of construction disputes throughout North America over the past 20 years.
Having worked on secondment with a leading Lloyd’s syndicate in the mid-1990s, Robert has also developed a large insurance coverage and defense practice. He represents insurers, reinsurers and insureds in the areas of commercial general liability, professional liability, media/technology liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, fidelity, contingency and property insurance. In addition to providing coverage and regulatory advice to insurers and reinsurers, he regularly performs policy wording reviews and claims audits.
Robert is a member of both the Ontario and Quebec bars, has wide-ranging experience in both the Common Law and civil law systems, and is fluently bilingual in English and French. He regularly appears before all levels of the Quebec courts as well as arbitration and mediation panels throughout North America.
Robert is one of the leading experts in Canada in the area of course of construction insurance and co-authored Commercial General Liability Insurance published by Butterworths. He speaks regularly at conferences and delivers papers for the Barreau du Québec, the Canadian Institute, the Canadian Bar Association, Insight, Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Insurance Bureau of Canada and other organizations.
Robert is currently listed and recommended in the following Guides:
- The Best Lawyers since 2011 for Insurance Law, including the 2018 edition
- Martindale-Hubbell in the fields of Insurance, Professional Liability and Litigation
- Lexpert Special Edition – Infrastructure in 2014 and 2016 for Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2016) for Litigation – Commercial Insurance
He is a member of the firm’s Canadian Management Board.