Robert’s primary practice is representing and obtaining compensation for victims of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and serious orthopaedic and other injuries, as well as those who have suffered wrongful death. He represents clients throughout Ontario in cases that involve:
Insurance claims (accident benefits, long-term disability benefits and insurer’s bad faith handling of claims)
Robert brings a unique perspective to his representation of personal injury victims having spent the early part of his legal career defending numerous large insurance companies against personal injury and other claims. That experience, together with his prior training as a social worker, makes him highly effective in maximizing compensation for his clients and allows him to appreciate the challenges and struggles they face as a result of their life-altering injuries.
Robert is experienced and at home in the courtroom, having appeared as counsel in numerous complex and contentious jury and non-jury trials in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, as well as on appeals in the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Robert understands that achieving results for his clients requires not only skill and intelligence, but also passion, creativity, perseverance, and, above all else, hard work.
Robert also practices in the field of Education law.
Year of Call
Juris Doctor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2002)
Bachelor of Social Work, York University, School of Social Work (1999)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1995)
Listed in The Best LawyersTMin Canada since 2018
Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer, AV Preeminent®
LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
The Advocates’ Society
Canadian Bar Association
Toronto Lawyer’s Association
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Ontario Association of Social Workers (past)
Member, Board of Directors, Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton (past)
Executive, High Park Little League (past)
Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)
Extremely lucky to have Robert Ben as my mother’s personal injury lawyer. As a lawyer myself, I recognize a good one when I see one and Thomson Rogers are the best personal injury lawyers around. Good practical advice with realistic options so you can make a good decision about settling a personal injury case.
It has been just over 5 years since my accident. David MacDonald and his team that included Robert Ben, Diane Bregg and the rest of Thomson Rogers assistants are beyond competent. They are a compassionate team that fight tooth and nail against the insurance companies to get you the best possible settlement without deepening their pockets and taking from yours. I can honestly say that I made the best decision one year after my accident to dismiss my original lawyer and hire David Macdonald. I was so unhappy with my previous lawyer due to the fact that she was making me feel unjust in my needs and increased my level of depression and lack of purpose. My neuropsychologist suggested that I might want to consider changing lawyers based on the unneeded mental anguish that my previous lawyer was adding to my life especially when the accident wasn’t my fault. When I interviewed three lawyers, my comfort and decision was made in choosing David MacDonald at Thomson Rogers. He has won several awards for civil litigations because he knows what he is doing and is extremely good at what he does. David, Robert or Diane would call me within hours to at most a day to answer any of my questions. They would help clarify and repeat information in layman’s terms for me to understand. I can’t say enough about David Macdonald and Robert Ben. It has been a long and hard road to get to a settlement but I can assure you that you are in very good hands. I highly recommend this team if you need legal counsel for a civil litigation case.
2 1/2 years of exceptional ‘customer service’ from the moment David MacDonald at Thomson Rogers took over my case. I was not ‘just a file or a number’, I was very much a ‘person’, being taken care of and helped along my rehabilitation journey after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury in a motorcycle accident. Whatever and whoever I needed to get better was promptly put in place, up and running with incredible service providers. Diane Bregg was amazing! My TBI caused incredible anxiety and she was patient yet thorough, explaining everything to me along the way, clarifying any questions I had. Robert Ben provided incredible support during my Examination for Discovery. Thomson Rogers provided me the BEST legal team led by David MacDonald. I will forever be grateful as a year and half later I can afford the people I need as I continue my recovery journey. David, Diane and Robert worked WITH me as opposed to for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better team!
Jim J.X. T.
When I contacted Thomson Rogers for urgent legal assistance on short notice, Robert Ben offered his weekend, during one of the busiest times of his practice (trial prep), to immediately assist my family member. His small act was immensely helpful for my family member. His compassion as a lawyer and his dedication to the practice of law are evident in his established experience and incisive advice. I cannot express my gratitude in words. It’s a rare enough thing these days, a firm that lives up to its exceptional reputation.
This law firm was highly recommended to me. I am so glad that I called them today for their professional advise. I was so impressed with the advise and expertise that I received from Robert Ben. He was so helpful, honest and knowledgable. With gratitude 🦋 Rosemarie T.