Robert's practice is in the field of public law advocacy, specializing in energy, environmental and transportation law. He has extensive experience before provincial and federal regulatory agencies, and on appeals and judicial review applications from the decisions of those agencies. His experience extends to policy matters, and he has prepared briefs for private and public interest groups on pending federal and provincial legislation.
He is one of the province's most experienced lawyers in the field of energy regulation. He has appeared as counsel in all major Ontario Energy Board proceedings since 1991. In addition, he has advised clients on all facets of the restructuring of the electricity and natural gas markets in Ontario.
Robert's environmental law practice includes advising clients on compliance with federal and provincial environmental protection laws, including municipal by-laws, and on the creation and operation of environmental management systems. He is external counsel to Environmental Protection Review Canada.
Robert represents some of North America's largest public vehicle and trucking companies. He is one of Canada's leading experts in the regulation of the public vehicle industry. He has acted as lead defence counsel in many of the major safety and enforcement cases in the trucking industry.
"Client Newsletter - Spring 2013", WeirFoulds LLP Client Newsletter, March 2013 (with John Buhlman, Rajeev Dewan, and R. Ian Mitchell)
"Consolidation of Ontario's Electricity Distribution Sector", WeirFoulds LLP Spring 2013 Client Newsletter, March 2013
"Client Newsletter - Fall 2012", WeirFoulds LLP, September 2012 (with Uzo Rossouw)
"Not at Fault? You May Still Pay", WeirFoulds LLP Fall 2012 Client Newsletter, August 2012
"Bill 75 and the Auditor General's 2011 Report: Lessons Not Learned", WeirFoulds LLP, June 2012
"Quiz: Legal interests in the pipeline", Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, April 2012 (with John Buhlman)
"Client Newsletter - Spring 2012", Spring Issue, March 2012 (with Lisa Borsook, John Buhlman, and Rajeev Dewan)
"Doing Business in Ontario: An Overview of Environmental Protection Law", WeirFoulds LLP, November 2011 (with John Buhlman)
"Quiz: Corporate Governance in the Energy Sector", Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, October 2011 (with N. William Ross)
"Regulatory Independence: The Impact of the Green Energy Act on the Regulation of Ontario's Energy Sector", WeirFoulds LLP Comment, September 2010
"Legislative Update: Ratepayers Challenge the Constitutionality of Parts of Ontario's Green Energy Law", WeirFoulds LLP, June 2010
"First Ontario Energy Board Decision to Consider the Implementation of Ontario's Green Energy Act", WeirFoulds LLP Comment, May 2010
"Ontario Court of Appeal Confirms Limits on the Freedom of Publicly Regulated Companies", WeirFoulds LLP Comment, May 2010
"Doing Business in Ontario: An Overview of Environmental Protection Law", WeirFoulds LLP , April 2009 (with John Buhlman)
"Renewable Energy Projects: PLanning Powers Reduced", Novae Res Urbis, April 2009 (with Barnet Kussner)
"Proposed Green Energy Act Places Limits on Municipal Land Use Planning Powers", WeirFoulds LLP Government Update - Energy Bulletin, March 2009 (with Barnet Kussner)
Litigation and Administrative Law
Environmental and Energy Law
Recognized as a leading practitioner in Toronto in electricity, oil and gas, and transportation law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and named 2013 Lawyer of the Year in energy regulatory law.
Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Transport Lawyers' Association
Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars