Brief Biographical Note of Justice Robert P. Armstrong (Retired March 7, 2013)

  • Received B.A. from Carleton University; M.A., University of Toronto; post-graduate study, London School of Economics; LL.B., University of Toronto; Honorary LL.D. from the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Called to the Bar in 1967; appointed Queen's Counsel, 1978
  • Began practice with Kimber, Dubin in Toronto; joined Torys in Toronto in 1972 and became a partner in 1973 until 2002
  • Practised general litigation at trial and appellate level; acted as Associate Commission Counsel to Morand Commission into Metropolitan Toronto Police Practices; acted as Commission Counsel to Grange Commission on Railway Safety and Commission Counsel to Dubin Inquiry on Drugs in Sport
  • Cases as counsel include Hill v. Church of Scientology and Hercules v. Ernst and Young, in the Supreme Court of Canada as well as a variety of cases in the Ontario Court of Appeal, including the U.S.A. v. Friedlland; Transamerica Life Insurance Company of Canada v. Canada Life Assurance Co.; and Canada Post v. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers
  • Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada - 1995 to 2002; Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada - 1999 to 2001; member and former Director of the Advocates' Society of Ontario; Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of its Board of Regents - 2001 to 2002; Fellow of the International Society of Barristers; Honorary Member of the Commercial Bar Association (London - North American Committee); Chair and President of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; member of the University of Toronto Academic Tribunal until January 2002; Past President of the University of Toronto Law Alumni Association; Trustee of the Honourable Charles L. Dubin Lecture on Advocacy
  • Lecturer and panellist in a variety of continuing legal education programmes including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates’ Society, Cambridge Lectures in Cambridge, England, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Australian Bar Association.
  • Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, January 25, 2002.

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