Robert L. Tapper, Q.C.


Robert was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1992 and in 2015 was admitted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

He was listed in "Best Lawyers in Canada" in three categories: medical malpractice, personal injury and media/defamation law.

Robert was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017 and was named by "Best Lawyers in Canada" as lawyer of the year in 2011 for injury law in Manitoba and again in 2018.

Lexpert Legal Directory named Robert Tapper a leading practitioner in defamation law in Canada.

  • Admitted to the Manitoba Bar, 1974
  • Member of Ontario bar 1981-2017, resigned 2017 as reciprocity rights eliminated this necessity in order to perform cases in Ontario
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1992

Areas of Practice


  • Bachelor of Laws (Gold Medalist), University of Manitoba, 1973


  • Founding Partner with Tapper Cuddy LLP
  • Appearance in all levels of Court including trial courts in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta, Courts of Appeal for Manitoba and Ontario, Federal Court, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation
  • Countless trials and appeals conducted involving important questions of law or substantial funds at issue; multiple cases reported in various law reporting journals
  • Multiple jury trials, civil and criminal
  • Conducted medical malpractice cases for plaintiffs in three provinces, and successfully completed cases in the millions of dollars; considered an expert in the field and spoken at conferences in Manitoba, Alberta, Ontario, and Mexico
  • Presently counsel to several media organizations including television, radio, newspaper, and magazine, for news management and conduct of defamation matters
  • Conducted many "political" defamation cases, including one for the then sitting Premier of Manitoba

Professional Activities

  • Frequent contributor to Bar Admission classes
  • Occasional lecturer at Law School
  • Lectures and mock cross-examinations of Manitoba Bar Association conventions
  • Special lecturer at Canadian Bar Association 1983 meeting in Quebec City
  • Special lecturer at joint Manitoba/Minnesota Bar Associations joint conventions in 1986 and 1987
  • Faculty member at Law Society Continuing Legal Education program, Hecla Island Advocacy Program for young lawyers: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1997
  • Moot courts performed for Winnipeg Police cadets
  • Moot court performed for Conference of Manitoba Family Physicians
  • Panel chair, 1988 Isaac Pitblado lectures re expert evidence
  • Paper delivered 1989 Isaac Pitblado lectures re economic evidence
  • Paper delivered 1990 Isaac Pitblado lectures re impact of Charter of Rights on administrative law
  • Paper delivered C.L.E. program on economic evidence
  • Paper delivered C.L.E. program on structured settlements
  • Paper delivered C.L.E. program on acting for an insured in insurance cases
  • Speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association winter conference, Banff, 2001
  • Speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association winter conference, Acapulco, 2002
  • Occasional lecturer at Manitoba Medical school
  • Grand Rounds St. Boniface Hospital
  • Grand Rounds, Obstetrics, Health Sciences Centre, 2004
  • Presenter, Canadian College of emergency Room Nurses, 2004
  • Member, Ad-Idem, national association of media lawyers
  • Presented mock jury address to an actual jury, defamation case, 2004, Ad Idem conference in Toronto
  • Co-founder of Advocates Society of Manitoba; Vice-President 1990-91, President 1991-92
  • Bencher, Law Society of Manitoba 2005 2006
  • Mentioned in "Best Lawyers in Canada", in field of injury/medical malpractice

Community Affiliations

  • Throughout 1980’s, Board member of St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation, and Chairman for 2 years of Special Projects Committee
  • Board member, Winnipeg Harvest 2005 through 2018
  • Commission member, Manitoba Boxing Commission and Supervisor of Judges, Manitoba Boxing Commission
  • Judge, World Boxing Council, North American Boxing Federation; ABC certified.
  • Board Director, Polar Bears International, 2017-2018
  • Board Director John Scurfield Endowment Fund 2018

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