Hon. Robert MacKinnon | Mediator

The Honourable Robert (Bob) MacKinnon served as a Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for 23 years before retiring in 2016. His areas of expertise include personal injury, medical malpractice, professional liability, employment termination, product liability, commercial dispute, contract breach and estate matters. He has a special interest and record of success in conducting pretrial settlement conferences.


Bob was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in 1993. He presided over both jury and non-jury civil trials, commercial disputes and criminal matters. Before his appointment to the Bench, he practiced in Simcoe County dealing specifically with personal injury, civil, commercial, estate, criminal and family law litigation.

While on the Bench, Bob participated as a Director of the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association and as a Local Administrative Judge. He has been a frequent judicial panelist in the Central East Region of Ontario focusing specifically on pretrial settlement conferences and dispute resolution issues.


Bob received his LL.B at the University of Ottawa and his Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University. Throughout his career at the Bar he was involved as a member of The Advocates’ Society, Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Canadian Bar Association and the County and District Law Presidents’ Association. Bob is also a past president of the Simcoe County Law Association.

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