Rob Centa is the Managing Partner of the firm. He was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for excellence in advocacy. He combines his advocacy and analytical skills to help clients resolve disputes. With a sharp focus on the client’s needs, he informs his pragmatic, problem solving instincts with a deep knowledge of the law.
- Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, LL.B. 1999
- York University, B.A. 1996
- The Advocates’ Society
- The Canadian Bar Association
- Rob Centa acts in all areas of advocacy, with an emphasis on public law and business litigation. He has acted for clients in partnership and shareholder rights disputes, commercial litigation, major insolvencies, commercial arbitrations, executive employment and restrictive covenant disputes and in copyright and trade-mark disputes. He regularly acts for universities and other public institutions and has extensive experience in public inquiries.
Lead Inquiry Counsel to The Honourable Mr. Justice Herman J. Wilton-Siegel who was appointed Commissioner of the City of Hamilton's Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry in May 2019.
Rob Centa, Kris Borg-Olivier and Denise Cooney successfully represented Brandon Moyse in proceedings brought by Mr. Moyse’s former employer in The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v Moyse.
They successfully defended the employee in contempt proceedings in which Mr. Moyse’s former employer sought to have him sent to prison for breach of a court order (2015 ONSC 4388 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/gm3x1). Subsequently, they successfully moved to have the employer’s appeal to the Court of Appeal from that decision quashed (2015 ONCA 784 http://canlii.ca/t/gm3x1), and to the Divisional Court dismissed for delay (2016 ONSC 554 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/gn1mk).
At the trial of the action, the plaintiff advanced the tort of spoliation against Mr. Moyse, the first time such a claim had been advanced to trial in Ontario. The court dismissed the action against Mr. Moyse in its entirety (2016 ONSC 5271 (CanLII),http://canlii.ca/t/gt24t). Mr. Moyse was wholly successful on appeal. The Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed the appeal from the trial judge, and the motion for leave to appeal the costs decision (The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v. Moyse, 2018 ONCA 283 (CanLII), http://canlii.ca/t/hr4gx).
Awards and Honours
Recognized in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2020 and 2021
Recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
Most Frequently Recommended - Litigation - Corporate Commercial
Consistently Recommended - Employment Law - Employee
Repeatedly Recommended - Litigation - Regulatory & Public Law
Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as 2020 Litigation Star
Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as Consistently Recommended - Litigation - Public Law
Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as 2019 Litigation Star
Recognized by Who's Who Legal Canada - Litigation as Most Highly Regarded
Ranked by Chambers Canada 2019 in Litigation: General Commercial practice area in Ontario
Ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Global Canada, 2017
Listed in Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, 2015
Recipient of the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, 2014
Angus MacMurchy Gold Medal for the Highest Cumulative Average in the graduating year, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 1999
Listed in 2012 Benchmark Canada as “one of Toronto’s most promising up-and comers” and as a Litigation start in securities and white collar civil litigation
Listed in the Chambers and Partners Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2010 - present
Listed in 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation – Public Law
Listed among the Decade Dozen, the 12 University of Toronto Faculty of Law alumni to watch, 2011
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for Administrative and Public Law and Corporate and Commercial Litigation since 2006
Listed among the Canadian Litigation Lawyers to Watch in the Lexpert 2009 Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
Named a “Rising Star, one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40” by Lexpert, 2008
Listed as an Up-and-Coming Public Law Litigator by Lexpert, 2005
Dean Cecil A. Wright Key Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, presented to a graduating student who exhibited the greatest interest in extracurricular work of an academic nature, 1999
Outstanding Volunteer Service to the University, University of Toronto Arbor Award, 2008
Publications and Presentations