Robert was called to the Bar in 1978 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2004. He founded Harris & Brun in 1984 with Lyle G. Harris, Q.C. He has conducted numerous trials and appeals, and has successfully appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a knowledgeable and experienced barrister practicing primarily in civil litigation and administrative law with a focus in insurance litigation and workers’ compensation law. Robert is a leading practitioner in the application of the statutory worker-worker bar. His opinions on the standard of care of lawyers in malpractice cases have been relied upon in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
—R.B.

Biography

Robert C. Brun, Q.C. was called to the Bar in 1978 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2004. Robert founded Harris & Brun in 1984 with Lyle G. Harris, Q.C. He has conducted numerous trials and appeals, and has successfully appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a knowledgeable and experienced barrister practicing primarily in civil litigation and administrative law with a focus in insurance litigation and workers’ compensation law. Robert is a leading practitioner in the application of the statutory worker-worker bar. His opinions on the standard of care of lawyers in malpractice cases have been relied upon in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Robert has served as National President of the Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”) from 2012-2013, having been elected to the National Executive in 2010. He was elected to the CBABC Council in 1997 and the Executive in 2000, culminating in his presidency of the provincial association from 2003-2004. Robert completed three terms as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia (“LSBC”) from 2005-2011, not seeking re-election following his election to the CBA Executive.   He is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and has served on the BC Justice Review Task Force and CBA Task Force on Conflicts. He chaired the LSBC Equity Advisory Committee and was vice-chair to LSBC Practice Standards Committee.

Robert is routinely invited to chair and present various educational seminars coordinated by Continuing Legal Education British Columbia (“CLEBC”), CBA, TLABC, and Canadian Defence Lawyers. He was recently recognized by CLEBC as a prolific contributor to legal education with over 60 contributions: http://www.cle.bc.ca/News/News_Archive/16-most-prolific-contributors.html.


Cases

Recognitions / Awards:

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating – BV®Distinguished™

Memberships & Professional Affiliations:

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Positions:

  • Canadian Bar Association, National President August 2012 to August 2013
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Bencher; 2005 to 2011 (3 terms).
  • Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, President 2003 – 2004

Education:

  • 1974 UBC Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977 UBC Bachelor of Laws

Robert was called to the Bar in 1978

International Speaking Engagements:

Presenter and Course Leader at the Eastern Africa Governance Workshop, held at Kampala, Uganda on July 21-23, 2010 involving the Ethiopian Lawyers Association, the Law Society of Kenya, the Tanganyika Law Society, the Ugandan Law Society, the Zanzibar Law Society, the East African Law Society, the Kigali Bar Association and the Burundi Bar Association; Presenter and Course Leader at the strategic planning conference of the Ethiopian Lawyers Association held at Addis Ababa Ethiopia, February 26-27, 2011, on behalf of the International Development Committee of the Canadian Bar Association: Address by the President of the Canadian Bar Association at the meeting of the International Bar Association, held at Dublin Ireland, on October 3, 2012, on the Future of Legal Services in the Global Community; Presenter and Course Leader at the meeting of the Vietnam Bar Association held in Hanoi Vietnam, October 22-23, 2013, for the strategic planning session of the Vietnam Bar Association, on behalf of the International Development Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.

The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia:

  • Medication and Addiction Issues in Personal Injury Litigation 2017 CLEBC – 4/20/2017 – Course Materials Coordinator, Chair, and Presenter
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury — 11/28/2014 — Course Materials Coordinator
  • Medical Issues in Personal Injury 2012 — 10/17/2012 — Course Materials Coordinator
  • Defending Personal Injury-2012 — 2/24/2012 — Course Materials Coordinator
  • Personal Injury Conference 2007 – 6/22/2007  – Course Materials Coordinator
  • Defending Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases – 11/20/2003 – Course Materials Coordinator
  • PLTC Mock Civil Trial – 1/7/2002 – PLTC Invite Letter Vancouver
  • PLTC Mock Civil Trial – 1/4/2001 – PLTC Invite Letter Vancouver
  • PLTC Mock Civil Trial – 6/18/2000 – PLTC Guest Instructor, Vancouver
  • PLTC Mock Civil Trial – 9/26/1999 – PLTC Guest Instructor, Vancouver
  • PLTC Mock Civil Trial – 9/26/1998  – PLTC Guest Instructor, Vancouver
  • PLTC Mock Civil Trial – 6/16/1996  – PLTC Guest Instructor, Vancouver

Seminars and Presentations

  • Medication and Addiction Issues in Personal Injury Litigation 2017 CLEBC, Course Chair and "Presenter of Medical Ethics and Legal Practicalities," April 20, 2017, Vancouver
  • Discovery Practice 2016 CLEBC, Master the discovery process and take charge of the facts at trial! Course co-Chair and Presenter of "Preparing Your Client for Discovery,_ March 9, 2016, Vancouver
  • Defending Personal Injury 2016 CLEBC, Course Chair and Presenter of "Over Prescription of Narcotic Painkillers: Physician Heal Thy Self," February 4, 2016, Vancouver
  • Personal Injury for Legal Support Staff-2015 — 02/20/2015 — Course Presenter
  • Personal Injury for Paralegals and Legal Support Staff — 02/20/2015 — Course Presenter
  • Insurance Law Conference 2014 — 09/19/2014 — Course Presenter
  • Medical Issues in Personal Injury 2012 — 10/17/2012 — Course Chair
  • Defending Personal Injury 2012 — 02/24/2012 — Course Chair
  • The New Civil Rules 2010 for Legal Support Staff — 5/7/2010 — Course Presenter
  • Defending Personal Injury 2009 – 10/15/2009 – Course Chair
  • Civil Litigation Conference 2007 – 11/22/2007 – Course Presenter
  • Civil Litigation Basics for Legal Support Staff – 9/20/2007 – Course Presenter
  • Discovery Practice 2007 – 6/7/2007 – Course Presenter
  • Medical Issues in Personal Injury 2006 – 12/7/2006 – Course Chair
  • Defending Personal Injury 2006 – 3/10/2006 – Course Chair
  • Defending Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases – 11/20/2003 – Course Chair
  • Civil Litigation Basics for Legal Support Staff – 6/5/2003 – Course Presenter
  • Part 7 Benefits – 3/6/2003  – Course Presenter
  • Personal Injury Basics for Legal Support Staff – 12/4/2001 – Course Presenter
  • ABCs of Personal Injury Practice for Legal Support Staff- 11/26/1999 – Course Presenter
  • Civil Litigation Conference – Day 2 – 1/15/1999  – Course Presenter

Publications

  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury 2014 — 11/28/2014 — Course Materials Author
  • Insurance Law Conference 2014 — 09/19/2014 — Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual — 05/08/2012 — Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual — 05/17/2011– Author
  • New Civil Rules for Legal Support Staff 2010 – 5/7/2010 – Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual — 04/14/2010 — Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2010 update – 2/8/2010 – Author
  • Civil Litigation Basics for Legal Support Staff 2009 Update – 12/3/2009 – Course Materials Author
  • Civil Litigation Basics for Legal Support Staff – 12/3/2009 – Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2009 Update – 2/20/2009 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2009 Update – 12/1/2008 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2008 Update – 2/25/2008 – Author
  • Civil Litigation Conference 2007 – 11/22/2007 – Course Materials Author
  • Civil Litigation for Legal Support Staff  2007 Update – 9/20/2007 – Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims  2007 update – 2/1/2007 – Author
  • Personal Injury for Legal Support Staff 2006 Update – 12/8/2006 – Course Materials Author
  • Medical Issues in Personal Injury – 12/7/2006 – Course Materials Author
  • Defending Personal Injury – 3/10/2006 – Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2006 update – 12/31/2005 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2005 update – 4/1/2005 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2004 update – 4/28/2004 – Author
  • Civil Litigation Basics for Legal Support Staff – 6/5/2003 – Course Materials Author
  • Part 7 Benefits – 3/6/2003 – Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2003 update – 12/31/2002 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2002 update –  4/11/2002 – Author
  • Personal Injury for Legal Support Staff 2001 Update – 12/4/2001  – Course Materials Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims 2001 update – 4/10/2001 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims  2001 update – 12/1/2000 – Author
  • BC Motor Vehicle Accident Claims – 2nd edition – 12/31/1999 – Author
  • Personal Injury for Legal Support Staff 1999 – 11/26/1999 – Course Materials Author
  • Civil Litigation Conference 1999 – 1/14/1999 – Course Materials Author
  • Psychological Injury – 1/26/1995 – Course Materials Author

Community Involvement:

  • Mount Seymour Soccer Association Coach 1987-1999
  • Leader with Mount Seymour Cubs 1993-1997