Robert Staley is a commercial, securities and class action litigation lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto. He is a partner, and is head of the shareholder activism and critical situations group. 

Rob’s practice focuses on complex commercial and securities litigation, securities regulation, shareholder activism and class actions. He 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. Rob regularly advises corporations, boards of directors, audit committees and special committees in connection with internal and regulatory investigations and in connection with proxy contests and contested transactions. Rob 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 also has a robust pro bono practice, including in significant constitutional cases. 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 – the publication has commended him in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In both 2014 and 2015, Legal Media Group’s Benchmark Canada, which has consistently recognised Rob in its rankings in securities litigation and class actions, conferred on Rob Benchmark’s award as Canada’s Securities Litigator of the Year. Rob is recognised by The Canadian Legal Expert Directory in the securities litigation, corporate and commercial litigation and directors’ and officers’ liability litigation categories. He is repeatedly recognised in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the securities litigation and corporate commercial litigation categories. 

Rob has served as a member of the board of directors of the Advocates’ Society.