Robert L. Tapper, Q.C.


Robert was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992 and in 2015 was admitted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

He was listed in "Best Lawyers in Canada" in three categories: medical malpractice, personal injury and media/defamation law.

Robert was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017 and was named by "Best Lawyers in Canada" as lawyer of the year in 2011 for injury law in Manitoba.

  • Admitted to the Manitoba Bar, 1974
  • Member of Ontario bar 1981-2017, resigned 2017 as reciprocity rights eliminated this necessity in order to perform cases in Ontario
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1992

Areas of Practice


  • Bachelor of Laws (Gold Medalist), University of Manitoba, 1973


  • Founding Partner with Tapper Cuddy LLP
  • Appearance in all levels of Court including trial courts in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta, Courts of Appeal for Manitoba and Ontario, Federal Court, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation
  • Countless trials and appeals conducted involving important questions of law or substantial funds at issue; multiple cases reported in various law reporting journals
  • Multiple jury trials, civil and criminal
  • Conducted medical malpractice cases for plaintiffs in three provinces, and successfully completed cases in the millions of dollars; considered an expert in the field and spoken at conferences in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, and Mexico
  • Presently counsel to several media organizations including television, radio, newspaper, and magazine, for news management and conduct of defamation matters
  • Conducted many "political" defamation cases, including one for the then sitting Premier of Manitoba

Professional Activities

  • Frequent contributor to Bar Admission classes
  • Occasional lecturer at Law School
  • Lectures and mock cross-examinations of Manitoba Bar Association conventions
  • Special lecturer at Canadian Bar Association 1983 meeting in Quebec City
  • Special lecturer at joint Manitoba/Minnesota Bar Associations joint conventions in 1986 and 1987
  • Faculty member at Law Society Continuing Legal Education program, Hecla Island Advocacy Program for young lawyers: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997
  • Moot courts performed for Winnipeg Police cadets
  • Moot court performed for Conference of Manitoba Family Physicians
  • Panel chair, 1988 Isaac Pitblado lectures re expert evidence
  • Paper delivered 1989 Isaac Pitblado lectures re economic evidence
  • Paper delivered 1990 Isaac Pitblado lectures re impact of Charter of Rights on administrative law
  • Paper delivered C.L.E. program on economic evidence
  • Paper delivered C.L.E. program on structured settlements
  • Paper delivered C.L.E. program on acting for an insured in insurance cases
  • Speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association winter conference, Banff, 2001
  • Speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association winter conference, Acapulco, 2002
  • Occasional lecturer at Manitoba Medical school
  • Grand Rounds St. Boniface Hospital
  • Grand Rounds, Obstetrics, Health Sciences Centre, 2004
  • Presenter, Canadian College of emergency Room Nurses, 2004
  • Member, Ad-Idem, national association of media lawyers
  • Presented mock jury address to an actual jury, defamation case, 2004, Ad Idem conference in Toronto
  • Co-founder of Advocates Society of Manitoba; Vice-President 1990-91, President 1991-92
  • Bencher, Law Society of Manitoba 2005 2006
  • Mentioned in "Best Lawyers in Canada", in field of injury/medical malpractice

Community Affiliations

  • Throughout 1980’s, Board member of St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation, and Chairman for 2 years of Special Projects Committee
  • Board member, Winnipeg Harvest 2005 to present
  • Commission member, Manitoba Boxing Commission and Supervisor of Judges, Manitoba Boxing Commission
  • Judge, World Boxing Council, North American Boxing Federation; ABC certified.
  • Board Director, Polar Bears International, 2017-present
  • Board Director John Scurfield Endowment Fund 2018

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