Robert practices in Winnipeg at the firm of Tapper Cuddy. He graduated as the Gold Medalist in 1973, and was admitted to the Bar of Manitoba in 1974 and of Ontario in 1981 He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. His practice is restricted to civil litigation and in 2006 through 2020 has been mentioned in “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the categories of personal injury and medical malpractice, and media/defamation litigation. He is also named by Lexpert as a leading practitioner in defamation litigation.
Robert was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada for personal injury work in Manitoba for 2011, and again in 2018.
He was admitted as a Fellow to the Litigation Counsel of America in 2015.
He was admitted in 2017 as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He has extensive experience in all levels of Court including trial courts in Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta, Courts of Appeal in Manitoba and Ontario, the Federal Court, and Supreme Court of Canada. He also has acted as a special prosecutor for the Province of Manitoba in criminal cases involving police officers.
He has conducted medical malpractice cases for plaintiffs in three provinces, and successfully completed cases in the millions of dollars; considered an expert in the field and spoken at conferences in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, and Mexico. He is responsible for changes to medical standards of care per the SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Canada) and ER medicine.
He has conducted many “political” defamation cases, including one for the then sitting Premier of Manitoba and for a sitting Provincial cabinet minister. He has successfully acted for an NDP cabinet minister in an action for defamation, two Federal Cabinet Ministers in each of the Liberal and Conservative governments, and in 2015 argued the challenge by the now Premier of Manitoba against the increase in provincial sales tax, a case which undoubtedly played a large role in overthrowing the NDP in the last provincial election.
In June 2015, Robert attended Harvard Law School for the Executive Education Mediation program, receiving a certificate for same.
Faculty member at Law Society Continuing Legal Education program, Hecla Island Advocacy Program for young lawyers: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997;
Formerly Head Official and Senior Professional Boxing Judge, Manitoba Boxing Commission; appointed 2010 through 2014 to the Manitoba Boxing Commission as Board Member; Judge, World Boxing Council, North American Boxing Federation; ABC certified. Robert has officiated as a judge on many world title fights in several countries.