Robert L. Love  


Executive Summary

A senior partner within BLG's Insurance and Tort Liability Practice, Bob Love leads the National Product Liability and Automotive sector groups in addition to effectively defending clients against claims and resolving disputes. His expertise extends beyond product liability to include aviation, subrogation, insurance defence and municipal and professional liability. 

Bob has represented a wide array of clients — from insurers to small and global entities — and has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of the trial and appellate courts of Ontario.  He is known for his abilities to simplify complex, technical matters and render them more easily understood; critically and accurately assess damages; and finding pragmatic, innovative approaches to resolution.

Representative Work

  • Advising and representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers in defence of their products such as motor vehicles, heavy equipment, aircraft, marine craft and equipment, food products, industrial equipment and processing.
  • Drafting and advising manufacturers, distributors and retailers on warnings, indemnities and contractual limitation of liability clauses.
  • Defending aviation claims and pursuing subrogated claims for property damage.
  • Advising and representing insurers on motor vehicle liability and occupiers' liability claims.
  • Defending professional negligence claims against professionals such as solicitors, engineers, architects and chiropractors.
  • Representing insurers on subrogated claims with an emphasis on fire loss.
  • Representing municipalities in defence of liability claims relating to non-repair and design of roadways, occupiers' liability, liability of fire fighters and general personal injury claims.
  • Defending claims against police officers and police services.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Appeal Court Overturns Reverse Summary Judgment," The Lawyer's Daily, June 2019.
  • Author, "Innovation Nation: How technology is reshaping the insurance industry," Financial Post, February 2019.
  • Speaker and Co-author, “Waivers: Worth the Paper?”, Advocate’s Society Tricks of the Trade, January 25, 2019
  • Co-author, "Ontario Expands its Automated Vehicles Regulatory Framework," Automotive Bulletin, January 2019.
  • Co-author, Litigating Data Points," Canadian Underwriter, January 2019.
  • Author, “Where auto insurance meets autonomous cars”, The Lawyer’s Daily, November 20, 2018
  • Co-author, “Insuring Automated Vehicles: The Insurance Bureau of Canada Recommends “Single Insurance Policy”, Automotive Bulletin, November 2018
  • Co-author, “Automotive and Insurance Industries Consider Hot Issues Faced by the Autonomous Vehicle Sector”, Automotive Bulletin, October 2018
  • Speaker, “Driven to Change: Autonomous Vehicle Litigation in Canada”, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference, May 25, 2018
  • Co-author, "Senate Committee Calls for National Autonomous Vehicles Strategy in New Report," Automotive Bulletin, January 2018.
  • Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles – A New Litigation Landscape," Regulatory Affairs Symposium, November 7, 2017.
  • Author, "Prioritizing Safety: The New U.S. Federal Guidelines for Automated Driving Systems," Automotive Bulletin, September 2017.
  • Co-author, “Canada Versus United States: An Exploration of Recent Verdicts and Trends From Both Sides of the Border” DRI Strictly Automotive, September 2017
  • Co-speaker, “Canada vs. United States: An Exploration of Recent Verdicts and Trends From Both Sides of the Border”, DRI Strictly Automotive: Innovation and Evolution in Automotive Issues, September 2017
  • Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles", IADC Canadian Regional Meeting, June 6, 2017.
  • Speaker, Senate Standing Committee on Autonomous Vehicles, April 2017.
  • Co-author, Robert Love and John Hunter, "UK Seeks to Legislate Liability for Autonomous Vehicles," Automotive Bulletin, March 2017.
  • Speaker, "Autonomous Vehicles – Defending Product Claims," Canadian Defense Lawyers Product Liability Conference, February 2017.
  • Author, "Unknown Roads Ahead," Canadian Underwriter, November 2016.
  • Co-author, "Autonomous Vehicles," BLG Publications, July 2016.
  • Co-author, "Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Generous and Liberal Approach to the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments," DRI — The Voice of the Defense Bar, December 2015.
  • Speaker, "Product Liability," The Canadian Defence Lawyers' AGM, June 3, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Product Liability," The Canadian Defence Lawyers' AGM, June 5, 2014.
  • Co-author, "Be specific when pleading product liability," The Lawyers Weekly, December 13, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Advocacy after the Mediation," Osgoode Short Course in Mediation Advocacy, December 10-11, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Developments in Product Liability Law,” Fall Nutshell Program, Toronto Lawyers Association, October 30, 2013.
  • Contributing Editor, Canadian Product Liability Law, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, 2012.
  • Speaker, Product Liability to CDL Boot Camp, 2010 and 2012.
  • Speaker, "Product Liability Primer and Defending Recalled Products," Canadian Institute's Forum on Consumer Product Safety, Liability & Recalls, May 2-3, 2011.
  • Presenter, "Product Liability," Mid Level Madness Seminar, CDL, April 26, 2011.
  • Co-author, "Civil Procedure Comparison," For The Defense, March 2009.
  • Speaker, "Recalls and Product Liability Cases," Insight Information's Forum on Product Liability Recalls, September 2008.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition (and since 2011) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2017) of Chambers Canada - Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: Products Liability)
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2012) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation - Commercial Insurance; Litigation - Product Liability; Personal Injury).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Product Liability."
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of The Lexpert® Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.