Rob is a trusted counsellor of business owners and philanthropists. He practices law with a customer-service orientation characterized by pragmatism, creativity and collaboration.
At BOYNECLARKE LLP, Rob is a partner and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He practices corporate, tax and charity law and estate planning from within the firm’s business law group. Rob has been peer-rated and recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers In Canada” in tax law (2016-2021), trusts and estates (2017-2021), corporate law (2018-2021) and mergers & acquisitions (2020-2021). When he was younger, he was also peer-rated and recognized as one of “Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40” (2014).
Rob has completed Parts I, II and III of the In-Depth Tax Course offered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CPA Canada), as well as Advanced Tax Issues courses concerning Owner-Managed Business and Corporate Reorganizations. In 2014, he received his Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP) after successfully completing STEP Canada’s Qualified Practitioner Program, earning an award for top essay marks in the process.
Outside the firm, Rob has remained involved in legal education. After teaching graduate courses for two years in Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management (2008 and 2009), Rob became a sessional instructor at the Schulich School of Law, teaching nine courses in business association law and one course in environmental law. Rob is the author of Nova Scotia Companies Act & Commentary (2021), published by LexisNexis Canada – having taken over the task of editing and updating the book originally written by his co-author in the 2018/19 (i.e. 4th) edition. He writes and lectures frequently about various topics within his practice areas.
Rob recently fulfilled full terms on the Board of Directors of the Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation and the audit committee of the Lawyers’ Insurance Association of Nova Scotia. He has held long-time memberships in the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Canadian Bar Association. He is a former director of the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society – Nova Scotia Chapter and a founding director of the East Coast Environmental Law Association.