Robert Martz

      Practice Focus

      • Appellate Litigation
        • Experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues at Appellate Courts both as a law clerk and as counsel
        • Clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal
        • Worked on a wide variety of matters while at the Supreme Court of Canada and Court of Appeal including:
          • Constitutional challenges
          • Aboriginal law and treaty rights
          • Regulatory disputes
          • Criminal law
          • International transactions and conflict of laws
        •  Appellate litigation practice includes:
          • Acting for parties in appeals, references, and judicial reviews including situations where we did not act as counsel in lower court proceedings 
          • Acting for interveners before appellate courts
          • Assisting other lawyers and law firms in the preparation of appeals
          • Offering opinions on complex legal issues
      • Anti-Corruption and Bribery
        • Experience in developing compliance plans and dealing with anti-corruption issues for companies around the globe under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
        • Experience in developing practical methods for compliance with the CFPOA and other anti-corruption statutes including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act
        • Experience in assisting clients with CFPOA and FCPA due diligence during mergers
        • Worked with companies and provided advice on operating in North Africa and the Middle East
      • Commercial & General Litigation
        • Constitutional issues involving the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and division of powers
        • Contractual disputes and unjust enrichment
        • Breaches of trust
        • Breaches of fiduciary duties
        • Economic and intentional torts including fraud and defamation
        • Aboriginal law and treaty rights
        • International transactions and conflict of laws
      • Court and Arbitration Experience
        • Has conducted trials at both the Court of Queen's Bench and Provincial Court in Alberta
        • Has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta representing clients in a wide range of matters
        • Has experience in domestic commercial arbitrations in Alberta

Practice Areas

Education

  • Law Clerk, Chambers of the Honourable Marshall Rothstein, Supreme Court of Canada, 2011-2012
  • Law Clerk, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, 2010-2011
  • University of Saskatchewan, Juris Doctor, 2010 (Great Distinction)
  • The Ohio State University, Masters in Roman Republican History, 2005
  • University of Saskatchewan, High Honours in Ancient History and Classical Culture, 2001

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 2013
  • Saskatchewan 2011

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Presentations

  • Co-presenter, Legal Strategies in Private Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal Education Society of Alberta Seminar, May 2015

Languages

  • French (fluent)

Professional Involvement

  • Associate Editor of Canadian International Lawyer

Recent Reported Cases

  • Counsel to the Plaintiff in a three-month trial where the Defendant engineering company was found to be negligent and in breach of contract in its design of a high-temperature emulsion pipeline near Cold Lake, Alberta – Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Wood Group Mustang (Canada) Inc., formerly IMV Projects Inc., 2017 ABQB 106.
  • Counsel to a Calgary real estate corporation in the successful defence of allegations of land titles fraud and a demand for specific performance by the Strategic Group and Riaz Mamdani. – Strategic Acquisition Corp. v. Multus Investment Corp., 2016 ABQB 681.
  • Counsel to an Alberta corporation in successfully securing an Attachment Order freezing the assets of an alleged fraudster – 1773907 Alberta Ltd. v. Davidson, 2016 ABQB 2.
  • Counsel to an Alberta corporation in a successful appeal reinstating an action that had been assigned to it by a Receiver, but struck by a Judge on the grounds of champerty and maintenance. 1773907 Alberta Ltd v Davidson, 2015 ABCA 150.
  • Counsel to a government regulatory entity in successfully resisting an allegation of an unconstitutional search and seizure. Arnold v. GIC, [2015] A.W.L.D. 4446 and Arnold v. GIC, 2015 ABCA 55.
  • Counsel to an Alberta corporation in successfully resisting an application to extend the time to challenge the resolution of an insolvency. Shelley Davidson and Richard Davdison v. HSBC et al. 2015 ABCA 399.