The Hon. Robert J. Bauman, KC


The Hon. Robert J. Bauman, KC

The Hon. Robert J. Bauman, KC
Retired Judge, Arbitrator

Law office of Cornish Margolis Boyd, Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), CA (Canada)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Commercial Lease, Construction, Consumer, Corporate Commercial, Defamation, Energy, Financial Services, Franchise, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Indigenous, Insurance and Reinsurance, Life Sciences (Biotech, Pharma & Medical Devices), Mergers, Acquisitions, and Joint Ventures, Partnership and Shareholder, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Securities, Sports, Telecommunications, Transportation, Wills and Estates

Professional Experience

Over the course of a 27-year judicial career, Bob presided as both a trial judge and appellate judge, culminating in his tenure as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia for four years, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Yukon and Chief Justice of British Columbia for ten years. Bob served as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Judicial Council from 2013 to 2016. He retired from his judicial career in October 2023.

In legal practice Bob specialized in municipal and administrative law, while over the course of his judicial career he dealt with all manner of cases, both civil and criminal.

Bob looks forward to developing his ADR practice both provincially and nationally. He will also continue to promote his major passion—access to justice—both locally, as a board member of Access Pro Bono BC, and internationally.

Mr. Bauman is currently doing arbitrations and anticipates expanding his practice to include mediations in the near future.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Pepperdine University: Mediating the Litigated Case

Professional and Other Activities
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Lawyer “Top 25 Most Influential “in the Canadian justice system, 2012 and 2013
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal, 2012
  • TLABC Bench Award, 2013
  • Anthony P. Pantages, Q.C. Medal
  • BIV list of “Most Influential Business Leaders in British Columbia,” 2023
  • Chair, Lieutenant Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Order of British Columbia, 2014- 2023
  • Board of Directors, Access Pro Bono BC, 2024-present
  • Board of Directors and Vice Chair, BC Unclaimed Property Society, 2018-2024
  • Member National Council Canadian Civil Liberties Association 2024-
Academic Qualifications

LLB University of Toronto,1974 (with high honours)