Robert W. Staley

Partner, Bennett Jones

Robert Staley’s practice focuses on complex commercial and securities litigation and securities regulation. Rob 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. He also 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. Rob has appeared before the Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta Securities Commissions. Rob has served as Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Practice Group, as Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and as a member of the firm’s Partnership Board.

Rob is listed in Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading lawyers for dispute resolution. In its 2012 directory Chambers Global said Rob “earns praise for his skilled handling of complex cases”. Chambers Global went on to say that Rob “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.” According to Legal Media Group’s 2012 Benchmark Canada guide, which recognizes Rob as a litigation star in Ontario, Rob is “tough, works hard for his clients and gets results”. Rob is recognized as a most frequently recommended practitioner in corporate and commercial litigation and as a repeatedly recommended practitioner in securities litigation and directors’ and officers’ liability litigation by The Canadian Legal Expert Directory. Rob has served as a member of the board of directors of The Advocates’ Society.