Robert W. Traves  

Partner

Executive Summary

Bob Traves is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP practising civil litigation in the areas of major tort and property damage litigation, commercial insurance litigation, professional negligence claims, insurance coverage disputes and municipal liability. Bob has held numerous management positions at BLG including past Manager of the Litigation Department in the Firm's Toronto office, former member of BLG's Partnership Board, Chair of BLG's Audit Committee, and Respectful Workplace Taskforce. In addition, he was formerly one of two managing partners of the Toronto office.

He is an accredited mediator through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. Bob's insurance defence practice includes the defence of diverse casualty and property claims, as well as advancing subrogated claims on behalf of insurers. He has extensive experience in handling significant personal injury claims, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, fibromyalgia and chronic pain claims. He has appeared as lead counsel in trials and interlocutory proceedings before all levels of court including the former District Court, Supreme Court General Division, the present Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Ontario, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Bob provides strategic advice to major insurers and municipalities relating to claims, as well as drafting of policy provisions where relevant.

He is long-standing counsel to various municipalities with respect to all types of liability claims including police liability; roadway design and maintenance, buildings and inspections, finance and taxation and infrastructure. He has municipal liability expertise including claims involving the design and maintenance of roadways; building design and inspections; liability of taxation and finance departments; sewage and drainage system claims; police liability claims. Bob mediates extensively on behalf of his clients and has developed a reputation of negotiating exemplary results in the most difficult and complex claims.

Representative Work

  • Defending diverse casualty and property claims, as well as advancing subrogated claims on behalf of insurers.
  • Handling numerous personal injury claims, including brain injury, spinal cord injury fibromyalgia and chronic pain claims.
  • Serving as long-standing counsel to various municipalities with respect to all types of liability claims, including police liability, roadway design and maintenance, buildings and inspections, finance and taxation, and infrastructure.
  • Serving as lead counsel in trials and interlocutory proceedings before the former District Court, Supreme Court General Division, the present Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, OntarioCourt of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Providing strategic advice to major property and casualty insurers on issues relating to property, casualty and automobile claims.
  • Providing advice in relation to the drafting of various policies offered by major property and casualty insurers.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Advocacy at the Mediation, Part I," Osgoode Short Course in Mediation Advocacy, December 10-11, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Use of Engineers: Pre and Post Loss," ORIMS (Ontario Risk and Insurance Management) , September 2013.
  • Co-Chair "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Claims The Science, the Law, the Strategies," Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Programs, November 2012.
  • Co-Chair "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Claims The Science, the Law, the Strategies," Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Programs, November 2011.
  • Speaker, "The Role of the Expert Witness in Litigation," Insight Information Conference, February 2010.
  • Speaker, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Programs.
  • Speaker at municipal liability conferences and seminars for insurers on automobile legislation.
  • Panel Chair, "Issues Relating to Expert Evidence," The Advocates' Society.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition (and since 2010) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation — Commercial Insurance; Personal Injury).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.