Mr Robert Staley > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Bennett Jones LLP
3400 ONE FIRST CANADIAN PLACE
PO BOX 130
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Canada

Work Department

Commercial Litigation/Securities Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Rob’s practice focuses on complex commercial and securities litigation, securities regulation and class actions. He has extensive experience in Canadian and cross-border securities regulatory and enforcement matters, class actions, takeover bid litigation, foreign corrupt practices, appraisal and share valuation remedies, derivative actions, arrangements and the oppression remedy. Rob regularly advises corporations, Boards of Directors, Audit Committees and Special Committees in connection with internal and regulatory investigations and in connection with transactions. Rob has a broad trial and appellate practice in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He has appeared before the Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta Securities Commissions. Rob also has a robust pro bono practice, including in significant constitutional cases. Rob is listed in Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading lawyers for dispute resolution. In 2015, Chambers Global quoted a source saying, “I have absolute trust in him. I want him representing my interests – he’s smart and knows the law inside out. He can step into a situation and provide very clear, direct advice that is correct. He’s a problem solver.” In its 2014 directory, Rob was commended as “a brilliant lawyer – he’s a real strategist, has the ability to see the big picture, and does a superb job… in court”. In its 2012 directory, Chambers Global said Rob “earns praise for his skilled handling of complex cases”, and that he “is absolutely first rate at examining and cross-examining witnesses”. In 2011, Chambers Global commended Rob for his “excellent courtroom presence” and his ability to provide “practical and concise advice.” In 2010, Chambers Global described Rob as “a masterful strategic thinker and a very proactive and determined advocate” and, in 2009, as “an extremely able, tactical lawyer who always knows cases inside-out.” In both 2014 and 2015, Legal Media Group’s Benchmark Canada, which has consistently recognized Rob in its rankings in securities litigation and class actions, conferred on Rob Benchmark’s award as Canada’s Securities Litigator of the Year. Rob is recognized by The Canadian Legal Expert Directory in the securities litigation, corporate and commercial litigation and directors’ and officers’ liability litigation categories. He is repeatedly recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the securities litigation and corporate commercial litigation categories. Rob has served as a member of the board of directors of The Advocates’ Society.

Education

University of Toronto, LLB, 1985

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Dispute resolution: Alberta

At Bennett Jones LLP, the Ontario team is famed for its prowess in restructuring, fraud, class-action, insolvency, energy, mining, technology and M&A disputes, often acting on proceedings with a cross-border element. Richard Swan leads the local offering, having appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts, and serves as a go-to name for disputes within the corporate, commercial and public law fields; he is supported by commercial litigation and class proceedings specialist, Michael Eizenga , who counts product liability, securities, competition, privacy and data breach cases among his core strengths, as well as Robert Staley , an authority in disputes pertaining to take-over and control bids. Over in Alberta, the team is well-regarded for its capacity within the mining, energy, technology and constructing sectors and is headed by Kenneth Lenz KC. The office is also home to Blair Yorke-Slader KC, a household name for contract, shareholder, securities and trust disputes, in addition to Munaf Mohamed KC who serves as co-lead of the firm’s economic and financial crimes department. At the more junior-end of the partnership spectrum, Michael Mysak  leverages a track record in precedent-setting fraud recovery case meanwhile Laura Gill is routinely involved in energy-related disputes, particularly those pertaining to royalties, ownership stakes and industry agreements. As for the Vancouver offering, David Gruber oversees a team with significant real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, transport, oil and gas, retail and hospitality capabilities, which often operates in collaboration with the firm’s other offices on matters of national significance.

Canada > Dispute resolution: British Columbia

At Bennett Jones LLP, the Ontario team is famed for its prowess in restructuring, fraud, class-action, insolvency, energy, mining, technology and M&A disputes, often acting on proceedings with a cross-border element. Richard Swan leads the local offering, having appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts, and serves as a go-to name for disputes within the corporate, commercial and public law fields; he is supported by commercial litigation and class proceedings specialist, Michael Eizenga , who counts product liability, securities, competition, privacy and data breach cases among his core strengths, as well as Robert Staley , an authority in disputes pertaining to take-over and control bids. Over in Alberta, the team is well-regarded for its capacity within the mining, energy, technology and constructing sectors and is headed by Kenneth Lenz KC. The office is also home to Blair Yorke-Slader KC, a household name for contract, shareholder, securities and trust disputes, in addition to Munaf Mohamed KC who serves as co-lead of the firm’s economic and financial crimes department. At the more junior-end of the partnership spectrum, Michael Mysak  leverages a track record in precedent-setting fraud recovery case meanwhile Laura Gill is routinely involved in energy-related disputes, particularly those pertaining to royalties, ownership stakes and industry agreements. As for the Vancouver offering, David Gruber oversees a team with significant real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, transport, oil and gas, retail and hospitality capabilities, which often operates in collaboration with the firm’s other offices on matters of national significance.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario

(Leading Individuals)

Robert Staley Bennett Jones LLP

At Bennett Jones LLP, the Ontario team is famed for its prowess in restructuring, fraud, class-action, insolvency, energy, mining, technology and M&A disputes, often acting on proceedings with a cross-border element. Richard Swan leads the local offering, having appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts, and serves as a go-to name for disputes within the corporate, commercial and public law fields; he is supported by commercial litigation and class proceedings specialist, Michael Eizenga , who counts product liability, securities, competition, privacy and data breach cases among his core strengths, as well as Robert Staley , an authority in disputes pertaining to take-over and control bids. Over in Alberta, the team is well-regarded for its capacity within the mining, energy, technology and constructing sectors and is headed by Kenneth Lenz KC. The office is also home to Blair Yorke-Slader KC, a household name for contract, shareholder, securities and trust disputes, in addition to Munaf Mohamed KC who serves as co-lead of the firm’s economic and financial crimes department. At the more junior-end of the partnership spectrum, Michael Mysak  leverages a track record in precedent-setting fraud recovery case meanwhile Laura Gill is routinely involved in energy-related disputes, particularly those pertaining to royalties, ownership stakes and industry agreements. As for the Vancouver offering, David Gruber oversees a team with significant real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, transport, oil and gas, retail and hospitality capabilities, which often operates in collaboration with the firm’s other offices on matters of national significance.