Bob Cooper is a trial lawyer. He practices as general counsel with a focus on corporate, commercial and securities litigation. Beginning his practice as criminal defense counsel, Bob has helped clients navigate their most difficult circumstances for more than 30 years.

His work encompasses a broad range of legal issues and a diverse base of Canadian and international clients.  In addition to representing clients at every level of court, he appears as counsel before regulatory tribunals and in domestic and international commercial arbitrations.  He advises clients in proxy contests, shareholder disputes and has conducted internal investigations for major corporations.  He practiced as a senior counsel at McCarthy Tetrault before founding Cooper Litigation as an independent litigation boutique in 2013. Clients trust the advice and counsel that he brings to every case.

Bob is recognized as leading counsel and is listed with Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, Lexpert, Martindale Hubbell (AV) and Benchmark.  He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a member of the Advocates’ Society, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He teaches Trial Advocacy for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, the Continuing Legal Education Society and the Advocates’ Society.  His recent Pro Bono activity includes working with the Pivot Legal Society on constitutional litigation relating to homelessness and harm reduction.


  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2020
  • Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, 2019
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV
  • Benchmark Top 50 Trial Lawyer in Canada, 2019










  • BA (Hons), Queen’s University / University of Edinburgh (1979)
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School (1982)


  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, Advocates’ Society
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1984

Notable Cases

Delizia Limited v. Sunridge Gold Corp. 2017 FCA 188

Representation of Sunridge Gold Corp. in a claim relating to mining operations in Eritrea.

Maxam Opportunities Limited Fund Partnership v.  729171 Alberta Inc., 2016 BCCA 53; 2015 BCSC 271
Representation of 729171 Alberta Inc. in a claim for breach of a credit facility.

BC/Yukon Association of Drug Way Survivors v. City of Abbotsford, 2015 BCSC 1909
Co-counsel to the BC Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors in a constitutional challenge to By-Laws of the City of Abbotsford limiting the use of public land to erect temporary shelters.

No Limits Sportswear and Saxx Underwear Co. Ltd. v. 0912139 BC. Ltd., Pakage Holdings et al, 2015 BCSC 1698
Defense of a claim of breach of confidence and misappropriation of a corporate opportunity.

Hastings Community Association et al v. The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, 2014 BCSC 80
Representation of six community centres to obtain an injunction to prevent termination of their operating agreements with the Vancouver Park Board.

Hastman v. St. Elia Mines et al, 2013 BCSC 1069
Representation of the Directors of St. Elias Mines in a challenge to votes disallowed at an annual general meeting.

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