Robert Carson

Robert Carson

Partner, Litigation

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4235



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2009

British Columbia, 2022


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • Queen’s University, B.Comm.



Robert has a broad litigation practice with particular emphasis on corporate and securities litigation and class action defence.

Robert has experience defending securities, consumer, competition and product liability class actions. His practice also includes mergers and acquisitions litigation, director and officer liability, shareholder disputes, valuation proceedings, oppression claims, Ontario Securities Commission proceedings, and insolvency and restructuring matters. Robert has represented financial institutions and other leading clients across a range of industries, including auditors, mining companies, retailers, pharmaceutical companies, utilities and other businesses.

Robert is co-author of the Canadian chapter in The Securities Litigation Review (an annual “year in review” publication regarding securities litigation around the world) and Defending Securities Class Actions in Canada.

  • Facebook Inc.

    Facebook Inc. in the successful dismissal of the plaintiff’s appeal from an order denying certification of a proposed class action

  • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

    The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in its agreement to increase its ownership in DECIEM Beauty Group Inc.

  • Facebook, Inc.

    Facebook, Inc. in the successful dismissal of certification of a proposed class action

  • Hydro One Inc.

    Bennett v. Hydro One Inc. et al

    • Royal Bank of Canada in defending a proposed class action alleging conspiracy to fix foreign exchange rates
    • Target in connection with the wind-down of its Canadian operations under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
    • Kinross Gold Corporation in a proposed securities class proceeding on behalf of Kinross shareholders alleging misrepresentations in Kinross’s disclosure concerning its Tasiast mine
    • Groupon Inc. in a proposed class proceeding in which it is alleged that expiry dates on Groupon vouchers are not compliant with consumer protection legislation
    • American International Group, Inc. (AIG) and AIG Financial Products Corp. in a proposed securities class proceeding on behalf of AIG shareholders under the Securities Act alleging misrepresentations in the financial statements and other public disclosures of AIG
    • Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC in defending proposed product liability class actions and other litigation across Canada
    • Teva Canada in defending proposed product liability class actions and other litigation across Canada
    • Pharmascience in defending a proposed product liability class action.
    • General Electric Capital Canada in the appeal of a transfer-pricing matter concerning the cross-border pricing of debt guarantees
    • General Motors of Canada Limited in the trial defence of a wrongful dismissal claim
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  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence); Litigation: Securities
  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: Litigation Star: Class Action, Commercial, Competition/Antitrust, Securities
  • Thomson Reuters: "Stand-out Lawyer"

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario

Badesha v. Cronos: A (Delayed) Day of Reckoning in Cross-Border Securities Litigation, Class Action Defence QuarterlyLexis Nexis Canada, Volume 18, No. 3, March 2024 (with Allan Coleman and Lipi Mishra).

LexisNexis Practice Advisor Canada Insolvency & Restructuring module (contributing author).

The Use of Evidence From a Securities Proceeding Against a Party in a Subsequent Proceeding, Corporate Litigation Journal, Federated Press, Volume XIII, No. 2, 2013 (with Larry Lowenstein and Kevin O’Brien).

Whither Common Law Claims For Secondary Market Misrepresentation?: An Analysis of Certification Decisions In McCann v. CP Ships, Silver v. IMAX, McKenna v. Gammon Gold and Dobbie v. Arctic Glacier, The Canadian Class Action Review 7:1 103 (October 2011) (with Andrea Laing).