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University of Toronto J.D., 1975
York University B.A., 1972
Bar Admissions
1977 (Ontario)
1986 (Alberta)

Robert Rueter

Robert’s practice encompasses over 35 years of litigating before courts and tribunals in complex civil litigation cases in areas including corporate/commercial and securities litigation, fraud, bankruptcy, construction, architects and engineering claims, estate litigation, professional liability, auditors negligence, copyright infringement, constitutional and civil liberties, trade disputes and regulatory affairs.  Robert is also a leader in the area of defamation litigation.

Robert has appeared at all levels of courts in Ontario, Alberta and Quebec, and the Federal Court of Canada. Robert has appeared in a number of cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. As senior litigation counsel, Robert’s expertise is in advocacy, applied across a full array of civil litigation subject matter.

Robert received a B.A. (Honours) from York University in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1975. Following his call to the Ontario Bar in 1977, Robert clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 1986 and received courtesy calls to the Quebec Bar in 1990 and the Nova Scotia Bar in 1991.

Robert has lectured in evidence, trial advocacy and negotiation theory at Osgoode Hall Law School and at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has been a member of the University Health Network’s Research Ethics Board and the Ethical Review Committee of the University of Toronto’s Office of Research Services.


Harris v. Leikin Group Inc., 2014 ONCA 479; Corporate Governance, Fiduciary Duty

Simpson v. Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2014 ONSC 2558; Appeals

Rains v. Molea, 2013 ONSC 5016 (CanLII); Copyright Infringement

Jackson v. Vaughan (City), [2010] O.J. No. 588; Constitutional law, Charter of Rights and Freedom

Iroquois Falls Power Corp. v. Jacobs Canada Inc., [2008] O.J. No. 1967; Engineers Professional Liability and Limitations

Frambordeaux Developments Inc. v. Romandale Farms Ltd., [2007] O.J. No. 4483; Contract, Land Development Law

Smith v. Toronto Police Assn., [2007] O.J. No. 2221; Corporate Governance

Young v. Toronto Star Newspapers et al. [Indexed as: Young v. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.], 77 O.R. (3d) 680; Defamation

HSBC Bank of Canada v. Deloitte & Touche Inc.[Indexed as: Regal Constellation Hotel Ltd. (Re)], 71 O.R. (3d) 355; Bankruptcy

Quinlan’s of Huntsville Inv. v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2004 CACT 29; Competition Law

Hi-Tech Group Inc. v. Sears Canada Inc. [Indexed as: Hi-Tech Group Inc. v. Sears Canada Inc.], 52 O.R. (3d) 97; Contract Interpretation

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. of Canada v. Canada Life Assurance Co., [1997] O.J. No. 3754; Professional Responsibility, Fiduciary Duty

A., v. The Queen, [1990] 1 S.C.R. 995; Constitutional Law, Charter of Rights and Freedom, Witness Protection

Gobuty (Re), [1988] O.J. No. 2607; Banking

Goodyear Canada Inc. v. Burnhamthorpe Square Inc., 1988 CanLII 6091 (ON CA); Property Law

Ont. Human Rights Comm. v. Simpsons-Sears, [1985] 2 SCR 536; Human Rights

Innisfil (Township) v. Vespra (Township), [1981] 2 S.C.R. 145; Administration law


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Selected Publications

  • Stare Decisis in Commonwealth Appellate Courts, Butterworths, 1981
  • FIRA and the Rule of Law, 62 Canadian Bar Review
  • Exposing the Bare Trustee: Principal Liability of the Trust Beneficiary, CBAO
  • International Commercial Arbitrations, CBAO
  • Defamation, Some Practical Considerations, CBAO