Bob joined Clyde & Co in 2011 upon the firm’s merger with a leading insurance boutique, 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 for over 25 years.
Having worked on secondment with a leading Lloyd’s syndicate in the mid-1990s, Bob 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.
Bob 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. Bob regularly appears before all levels of the Quebec courts as well as arbitration and mediation panels throughout North America.
Bob 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.
Bob is currently listed and recommended in the following Guides:
He is a member of the firm’s Canadian Management Board.
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL)
International Bar Asssociation (IBA)
1992 - 1993 LL.B. (Civil Law), University of Montreal
1987 - 1990 LL.B. (Common Law), Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario)
1983 - 1986 B. Comm. - Great Distinction, University Scholar, McGill University (Montreal)
Counsel for earthworks contractor in $71M arbitration claim for wrongful termination
Counsel for geotechnical engineering firm in $30M lawsuit following collapse of causeway in Northern Quebec
Counsel for contractor in Quebec class action proceedings alleging excessive noise due to highway reconstruction
Counsel for contractor in lawsuit following significant water infiltration loss in residential condominium building
Counsel for course of construction insurers in claims involving significant settlement damages at research hospital in Quebec City
Counsel for course of construction insurers in litigation involving water infiltration at healthcare centre in Baie-James
Counsel for structural engineers in litigation involving design of residential condominium development in Montreal
Defence/supervisory counsel in numerous large construction-related disputes in Quebec and throughout North America
Counsel for insurers in numerous coverage disputes before the Quebec courts
Counsel to builders’ risk insurers under single-project policies in respect of numerous first-party losses across Canada
Coverage/monitoring counsel to insurers of various professional liability facilities across Canada
Counsel to property insurers following blast furnace loss at steel mill
Auditors to reinsurers of numerous Canadian professional liability programmes (lawyers’ errors and omissions, directors and officers liability and medical malpractice insurance)