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Bob Sokalski LL.B.

Bob Sokalski LL.B.

Year of call: 1980 Call location: Manitoba Print

Biography

Called to the Bar in 1980, Bob Sokalski is a Senior Litigation Partner involved in corporate/commercial, contract and product liability litigation, including litigation related to labour and employment matters, expedited injunctive relief, judicial review, professional discipline and professional negligence matters, with specialized areas of practice including media law and sports law. In particular, Bob has been lead counsel on a number of precedent cases relating to departing employee injunctions, complex corporate/commercial contract cases, expert evidence disclosure, publication ban opposition, access to information, judicial review, malicious prosecution defence, summary judgment, among others.

Bob is frequently called upon to deal with matters of urgency in pre-publication advice for media, injury arbitrations and discipline hearings in sports and securing evidence and assets for businesses.

Bob has been lead counsel in over 100 reported cases in addition to many unreported arbitration decisions, as well as professional discipline decisions and sports discipline decisions, and is often quoted on a variety of topics in legal journals and other media.

Recognized in the past with very high rating by Martindale Hubbell, as well as in the Benchmark Canada Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Counsel where he was described as a lawyer who “… will go through the wall if necessary” in serving his client‘s interests.  Bob’s background in sport explains his competitive edge, and as a result, clients often engage Bob for the intensity that he delivers, because when it’s last down on the goal line they’d much prefer to have Bob on their side of the line of scrimmage.

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Defamation and Media Law.

Bob is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Manitoba Branch and is a Life Council Member, Lecturer for Bar Association and Law Society on various litigation topics, Lecturer on Media Law at Red River College Journalism Program, Lecturer for Insurance Brokers Association, frequently called upon for legal commentary in newspapers, legal journals and on broadcast media both locally and nationally, Chair of Manitoba Media and Communications Law Subsection of Canadian Bar Association, Member of Canadian Media Lawyers Association, and Canadian Defence Lawyers Association.

Bob has been counsel to the Winnipeg Football Club for over a quarter century and he also represents a number of other sports organizations, as well as media organizations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate & Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Workplace Health & Safety Issues
  • Estate Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Professional Liability & Discipline & Representation of Professional Bodies
  • Media Law
  • Sports Law
  • Public Inquiries
  • Human Rights
  • Personal Injury (plaintiff & defendant)

Experience & Accreditation

Bob has been lead counsel in over 100 reported cases in addition to many unreported arbitration decisions, as well as professional discipline decisions and sports discipline decisions, and is often quoted on a variety of topics in legal journals and other media.

Recognized in the past with very high rating by Martindale Hubbell, as well as in the Benchmark Canada Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Counsel where he was described as a lawyer who “… will go through the wall if necessary” in serving his client’s interests. Bob’s background in sport explains his competitive edge, and as a result, clients often engage Bob for the intensity that he delivers, because when it’s last down on the goal line they’d much prefer to have Bob on their side of the line of scrimmage.

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Defamation and Media Law.

Community

  • Manitoba Bar Association Community Service Award Recipient
  • Special Olympics Manitoba:
    • Past President
    • National Chairperson’s Award Recipient
    • Chair of the Honourary Board
  • Board Member, Winnipeg Steelers Executive Hockey Team
  • Board Member, Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni Association
  • Member, Manitoba Club
  • Member, Redboine Club
  • Vice-Chair, Riverview Health Centre Foundation
    • Vice Chair of Development Committee
    • Recipient of Friend of Riverview Award for service to the Foundation