|"Rob Nelson is both a pioneer and an expert in all forms of dispute resolution, with in-depth national and international experience."
More than 36 years of trial and appeal experience in all major courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada) have given him a very practical seasoned appreciation of both the risks and rewards of the court system. His certification as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) is a recognition of his lifelong commitment to excellence in court. He has acted as counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases, from professional negligence to motor vehicles to constitutional issues for both individual and corporate clients. Recently he completed a three year arbitration as the winning counsel in a heavily disputed case involving the sale of a business and all related technological matters, including software. He was the winning counsel in the seminal constitutional case of Rodriguez vs. the Attorney General of Canada, which denied a constitutional right to assisted suicide. Rob was subsequently featured on "60 Minutes" on U.S. television for his work in this case.
In addition to his passion for dispute resolution in court, Rob also came to believe in the need to provide alternatives to clients in the resolution of disputes. For more than 30 years, he has been engaged nationally and internationally in the use of arbitration and mediation. He has been writing and speaking in Canada and around the world on the need for ADR -- primarily mediation and arbitration.
His expertise in all forms of dispute resolution led to his appointment (in addition to his other duties) as the Executive Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute, wherein he was involved in certifying Mediators and Arbitrators.
A Past President of the Institute, Gervin Greasely writes: "Rob Nelson is one of the most knowledgeable people I know with respect to dispute resolution. In my opinion, Rob Nelson's dedication to and knowledge of arbitration and mediation were significant factors in both the increased public awareness of ADR and the expansion and progress of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada."
In 1999-2000 (Russia) and 2002-2004 (Albania) the World Bank in Washington, after a strenuous international competition, awarded Rob and his Gowlings Team prestigious contracts to introduce Dispute Resolution Techniques into Russia and Albania. These amazing projects involved the training of arbitrators and mediators, writing new mediation and arbitration laws, and making ADR part of the legal landscape. Read Rob's article, "Dispute Resolution in Post Communist Societies
Throughout these years Rob continued his litigation and ADR Practice. His unique national and international expertise enabled him to write Nelson on ADR, published by Thomson Carswell.