Rob Armstrong graduated from the University of Calgary Law School in 1998. Prior to enrolling in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, Rob attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton where he commenced his studies in the Faculty of Science with a genetics major and microbiology minor. After completing 3 years toward his science degree, Rob realized that his strengths and passions lay in a different direction and he withdrew from the Faculty of Science and entered the Faculty of Arts, majoring in English, with a view to ultimately attending law school. Rob obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction in 1995.
In the fall of 1995 Rob moved from Edmonton to Calgary and commenced his legal education at the University of Calgary. While at law school, Rob was heavily involved in the mooting and debating program. He was the recipient of the Blackstone Medal for debating, he was member of the team that won the Alberta Court of Appeal Moot Cup and was a member of the Corporate Securities Moot Team which placed first in a national moot competition held in Toronto. Rob consistently placed near the top of his class throughout his time at law school.
Upon graduating from law school, Rob articled with the Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal of Alberta. During his articles at the Courts, Rob worked closely with Justices of the Court of Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal and gained a true appreciation of the inner workings of the Courts in Calgary. Rob was called to the bar in 1999 at which time he began practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance defence. He participated in a variety of litigation matters, including cases dealing with product liability, a constitutional challenge and a variety of commercial and insurance cases. In February of 2000, Rob joined the firm of JSS Barristers as an associate and he joined the Partnership of the firm in 2005.
Rob now practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation focusing on employment matters, both on behalf of employers and employees, commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes, complex multi-party actions and contractual disputes, and professional negligence matters. Within his employment practice, Rob has advised and represented a wide variety of employees, including high level executives and corporate officers. He also acts for a variety of employers including a major national retail chain, oil and gas companies, restaurant and food service companies and franchisees. In addition to defending employers in wrongful dismissal litigation, he also provides advice to employers to assist in avoiding litigation in the first place and assistance drafting employment contracts. Rob has also acted on matters involving non-competition agreements, violations of contractual confidentiality clauses and injunctions.
Rob has extensive experience advising and advocating on behalf of clients. He has appeared in all levels of Court in Alberta and at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals throughout Western Canada.
In addition to his busy practice, Rob teaches at the University of Calgary Law School. He instructs second year students in civil procedure and he is also a team leader instructor for the Trial Advocacy Class which is a mandatory class that teaches advocacy and trial technique to the third year students. Rob has also taught the civil litigation portion of the Bar Admission Course and he has served as an examiner for the chambers advocacy section of the Bar admission Course.
Rob has also prepared a number of papers for presentation in Calgary and elsewhere in Canada on topics including Workplace Accommodation for Injured Employees, Functional Somatic Syndromes in Disability Insurance Litigation, Legal Causation in Difficult Cases, Solicitor Client Privilege, and Professional Liability Claims. Rob was also pleased to have been appointed in 2007 to serve on the Law Society of Alberta's Professional Responsibility Committee where he served a three year term.
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