Robert A. Rakochey

Partner

Robert A. Rakochey

Calgary

T:+1 403.267.8234

F:+1 403.264.5973

Rob Rakochey has practised dispute resolution (arbitration, litigation and mediation) since being called to the Alberta Bar in 1990. He has appeared as counsel in the Provincial Court of Alberta, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal of Alberta and various courts through the federal court system, both as counsel for litigants and as an ad hoc prosecutor. Mr. Rakochey has acted on numerous occasions in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including private and judicial mediation and arbitration.

Mr. Rakochey’s practice in dispute resolution is varied. He routinely provides advice to corporations, insurance companies, major financial institutions and captive lenders on a variety of issues, including contractual and commercial claims, insurance matters (with respect to both liability defence and coverage) shareholder disputes and oil and gas issues.

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  • Year of call
    Alberta 1990
  • Law school
    LL.B., University of Alberta, 1989
  • Education
    Alberta Arbitration & Mediation Society, Arbitration Course, 2007
    University of Calgary, Intensive Trial Advocacy, 1991
    University of Alberta, LLB, 1989
    B.Comm., University of Alberta, 1986
  • Speaking engagements
    • “Defamation Bytes: The Law of Defamation and the Internet,” Federated Press Seminar, 5th Internet Law Course, March 3 and 4, 2011.
    • “New Rules of Court,” Legal Education Society of Alberta, September, October, November, 2010.
    • "Advice and Direction on Issues Relating to the Provision of Expert Evidence in Forensic Matters," Investigative and Forensic Accounting Conference, October 20 and 21, 2008.
    • “Advising a Debtor — Liability and Ethical Considerations,” Seminar on practicing estate planning for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, May 18, 2006.
    • “The Risks of Playing 'Hardball' — Some Thoughts on Keays v. Honda Canada Inc.,” Lorman Seminar on Employee Leave Issues, May 3, 2006.
    • “Occupational Health & Safety Law for Lone Workers: Compliance and Good Practice,” Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada Seminar on Wireless and Telecommunications Technology, October 6, 2005.
    • “Acceptable Use Policies — Criminal Law, Civil Law and Practical Applications,” High Technology Crime Investigation Association, September 2005.
    • “Boom, Bust, Liable — An Explanation of Liability Issues for Financial Planners and Suggestions on How to Avoid Liability,” Canadian Association of Financial Planners, June 20, 2000.
    • Numerous other lectures and continuing legal education seminars for clients and the profession on various topics including insurance-related issues, issues relating to litigation preparedness, occupational heath and safety, class actions, commercial issues and matters relating to the Personal Property Security Act.

       

  • Publications
    • “Parental Liability for Children’s Actions,” Lexpert Magazine, February 2004
  • Selected client work

    Mr. Rakochey has recently acted for the following clients:

    • A major oil and gas company in recovering in excess of $100 million relating to a breach of confidential information, as well as defending a multi-billion dollar counter-claim relating to allegations of intentional interference with economic activity
    • An oil and gas testing company in defence of allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and confidentiality by a competitor
    • A special committee appointed in a public oil and gas company with respect to concerns of impropriety by management
    • A multi-national and international group of companies with respect to breaches by certain employees and contractors including issues of fraud
    • Several corporations concerning matters such as product liability, commercial disputes, real estate issues and employment issues
    • The Alberta government with respect to a representative action for claimants alleged to have been wrongly sterilized and abused while in the care of the government
    • An insurance brokerage with respect to coverage disputes and claims of inadequate coverage in relation to a major hail claim for numerous automobile dealers
    • Various corporations advising on occupational health and safety matters related to both serious injuries and deaths of employees
    • A multi-national corporation recovering funds related to a systemic fraud occurring over two decades
    • A major Calgary foundation with respect to all of its legal issues including matters relating to its organization, liability of its member groups, employment issues and human rights complaints
  • Memberships and activities
    • Canadian Bar Association 
      • Insurance subsection
      • Construction Law subsection
      • Civil Litigation subsection
      • Personal Injury subsection
      • Insolvency subsection
    • Mortgage Loans Association of Alberta
    • Law Society of Alberta
    • Calgary Bar Association
    • Alberta Trial Lawyers Association
    • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Directorships
    • President, Alberta Handball Association, 2008 to present
    • Counsel, The United Way of Calgary and Area
    • Co-Chair, 2008 Canadian Handball Championships
    • Founder of Business For Calgary Kids Foundation
    • President, Rotary Club of Calgary North, 1999 to 2000
    • Director, Rotary Club of Calgary North, 1993 to 1998, 2009-present