Robert B. Bell is a senior partner at Lerners LLP, with 40 years of experience in complex civil litigation matters. Mr Bell has appeared in trial and appellate courts in different provinces and has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. Specialty areas include coverage matters; commercial insurance; class proceedings; complex multiparty litigation including cross-border product liability in the automotive, aerospace and consumer products industries; and other major commercial issues.
Mr Bell has consistently received a Martindale-Hubbell AV pre-eminent 5 out of 5 peer review rating and is repeatedly selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada where he is recognized for his expertise in insurance law and product liability (including being ranked as "Product Liability Lawyer of the Year" in 2020). He is also listed in Chambers Canada; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers; Lexpert Special Edition on Litigation Lawyers; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigators; Who's Who Legal : Canada and as a Litigation Star 2020 in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
Prior to joining Lerners, Mr Bell was a senior partner at a large national law firm where he held a series of positions over the years, including Litigation Department Leader, Toronto, Managing Partner and concluded service in firm management as Chair of National Council.
Mr Bell is published widely and is a highly acclaimed speaker and presenter. He has created and led numerous advocacy training programs for The Advocates' Society (including programs in Kiev, Ukraine; St. Kitts, Caribbean; and United Nations, (NY); The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Osgoode Professional Development. Mr Bell was the recipient of the 2014 Advocates' Society Excellence in Teaching Award for his outstanding contribution to the profession.
Mr Bell is an Accredited Mediator, CEDR, (a leading UK provider of dispute resolution services); past Executive Board Member of The Advocates' Society; Member of the Law Society of Ontario; and Member of the Canadian, American, and International Bar Associations.