In addition to practicing law, Robert was a scholar and an author. He obtained a Doctorate in Tax Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and wrote a book for Carswell publications entitled Economic Substance and Tax Avoidance: An International Perspective. Beginning in 1990, Robert co-authored Carswell’s regularly updated Tax Court Practice©. He also authored “Allison’s Brain”, which won the 2015 National Indie Award for Excellence in the “Inspiration” category, a book detailing his wife’s tribulations following brain trauma.
Robert lectured for the Canadian Bar Association, Canada Revenue Agency and Law Society. He was a frequent speaker at the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Tax Foundation and with other groups, including as faculty member for the tax litigation certificate skills program and as Chair of Resolving Tax Disputes Canadian Tax Foundation program. He served as an Ontario Bar Association Tax Section Executive member (1993-2003) and as Co-chair (2002-2003).
Robert will always be remembered as a figure of integrity. Respected by his colleagues and appreciated by his clients, he was a brilliant individual, an accomplished athlete, a caring father, and a loyal husband. Above all, he had a knack for bringing people together.