Robert Wood is a lawyer in Fasken’s commercial litigation group, with a particular interest in construction and energy disputes, who has appeared at all levels of Court in both Alberta and Ontario over his twenty years of practice. Eight of those years were spent in-house in the legal department of a prominent, Calgary-based, publicly-traded oil and natural gas company, ultimately as General Counsel. In that role, and in addition to his other responsibilities to the company and its Board, Rob managed and instructed external counsel on the carriage and resolution of numerous complex disputes, including in relation to capital markets regulation, class actions, a putative derivative action, joint venture and accounting disputes, resources lease interpretation, regulatory offences, construction disputes and liens, Indigenous rights and consultation, and employment matters.
Back in private practice and having completed courses and training through the ADR Institute of Alberta, Rob is offering his services as a mediator to assist parties in negotiating the successful resolution of their disputes. Rob’s extensive and varied experience with dispute resolution as both legal counsel and as a client gives him a unique perspective into not just what a Court or arbitrator might likely decide if the dispute were to proceed to trial, but also the internal and opportunity costs of not reaching a negotiated resolution.
Rob brings sound judgment, a practical approach to problem-solving, a calm and composed manner, and a genuine belief that for the vast majority of disputes there’s a negotiated resolution to be found that’s better than the alternative.