THE MARTIN & HILLYER TEAM
Bob’s interest in law stemmed back to a beach in Bermuda where the decision was made to study law, after an Undergraduate Degree at the University of Western Ontario where he successfully blended scholastics with music as a member of a rock and roll, rhythm and blues band.
After a year of work in the business world (in the U.K.) and an excursion through Eastern and Western Europe in 1966, Bob commenced his legal studies at Queen’s University where he became the President of Queen’s Law School and recipient of the prestigious Alma Mater Society Award, the Queen’s Law Student Gavel Award and a number of book prizes.
After graduating, Bob articled in Toronto and was persuaded to commence a “small town” practice with a classmate and good friend – and so came to Burlington with none other than H. Bruce T. Hillyer in 1972. Their business association and their close friendship continues to this day. Bob had concentrated his practice in Estates, Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial Law and Family Law. He represented children as a Children’s Lawyer Appointee for twenty plus years. He was an experienced Mediator and Arbitrator.
His community involvement was extensive with particular interest in health, having spent six years on the Halton District Health Council and fifteen years on the Board of Joseph Brant Hospital (including two years as Chairman). He served on various Legal Aid Committees and lectured at schools and universities.
He was a long-time Director and past Chair of the Burlington Downtown Business Association.
His integrity and sense of fairness were recognized wherever he had practised and he never ceased to strive for the best interests of each and every client. He took mediation and advanced mediation programmes and was frequently called upon to provide mediation and arbitration services.
He has a passion for baseball, hockey and curling which he plays throughout the year, and has decided that basketball is okay too.
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