Robert Martz

Practice Focus

  • Appellate Litigation
    • Appears frequently at the Alberta Court of Appeal and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada
    • 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
    • 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 and at the Supreme Court of Canada
    • Has experience in domestic commercial arbitrations in Alberta

Practice Areas


  • 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 2012
  • Saskatchewan 2011

Professional Associations

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

Honours & Recognition

  • Named as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2021
  • Named as a Future Star in Benchmark Canada, the Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2019 & 2020


  • Presenter, Recent Decisions on the use of ROFRs, PJVA Meeting, Calgary, May 2018
  • Co-Presenter, ROFR Trends in Transactions, Disputes and Practice in Canada, AIPN Canada Chapter Seminar, Calgary, April 2018
  • Co-presenter, Legal Strategies in Private Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal Education Society of Alberta Seminar, May 2015


  • French (fluent)

Recent Decisions


  • Successfully represented a multi-national company in an LCIA arbitration regarding a partnership.
  • Successfully represented a multi-national company in an ADRIC arbitration regarding a joint venture.
  • Successfully represented a multi-national energy company in an domestic arbitration regarding oil and gas leases.

Supreme Court of Canada

  • Counsel in a successful leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Peace River Hydro Partners, in Peace River Hydro Partners, et al. v. Petrowest Corporation, et al., a case which involves the question of whether a receiver can disclaim an arbitration clause while still enforcing the underlying contract.
  • Counsel to the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada in Reference re Environmental Management Act, 2020 SCC 1, a case that considered the constitutionality of the inter-provincial transport of oil and gas and environmental regulations.
  • Counsel to the Alberta Small Brewers Association in R. v. Comeau, 2018 SCC 15, a case that considered the constitutionality of cross-border restrictions on the trade in beer.

Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench

  • Counsel to a plaintiff in an occupiers' liability trial, which found that the City of Calgary had breached the Occupiers' Liability Act by failing to have adequate security measures in place at a Light Rail Transit station and connected Plus 15 walkway on New Year's Eve. The failure to have adequate surveillance camera placement and quality, sufficient lighting, an effective video monitoring system, or sufficient peace officer patrols, contributed to an unsafe environment. This prevented Transit employees from observing or detecting a serious and prolonged series of assaults against the plaintiff, deploying peace officers or Calgary Police to intervene, or taking other steps to mitigate the harm. McAllister v. Calgary (City), 2018 ABQB 480.
  • Counsel to the Plaintiff in three successful appeals and one cross appeal before Court of Appeal involving the allocation of damages from a pipeline failure and Pierringer Agreements affect the calculation of damages. Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Wood Group Mustang (Canada) Inc., (IMV Projects Inc.), 2018 ABCA 305.
  • 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 and Strategic Acquisition Corp. v. Multus Investment Corp., 2017 ABCA 250.
  • 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.

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