Robert L. Tapper, KC


Robert is a founding partner of Tapper Cuddy and has been recognized as a leading litigation counsel in Canada. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992, was admitted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and was admitted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2017. He was appointed Chair of the A.C.T.L. Admissions to Fellowship Committee, USA and Canada, for the term 2021-22. Although he practices in several areas of civil litigation, Robert is particularly recognized for his work in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and media/defamation. Robert has been listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession, in all three categories. He has also been named by Best Lawyers in Canada as lawyer of the year in 2011 and in Manitoba for personal injury law in 2018, 2022, and 2023. Lexpert, a comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada, has named Robert a leading practitioner in defamation law in Canada.

In November, 2020, The Law Society of Manitoba awarded Robert the Richard J. Scott, O.C., K.C., (former Chief Justice of Manitoba) award for excellence in promoting the rule of law.

While Robert is well recognized for his lawyering, he has spent considerable time in giving back to his community on various Boards and by educating young lawyers in the skills of being a litigator. Outside of the practice of law, Robert is recognized for his talents as a boxing judge on an international level.

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fax: 204.947.2593

Legal Assistant

Gwen Solmundson
direct: 204.944.3221
fax: 204.947.2593

Bar Admission

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 King’s Counsel, 1992

Professional Activities

Founding Partner of Tapper Cuddy LLP

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 Activities

Board Director John Scurfield Endowment Fund 2018

Board Director, Polar Bears International, 2017-2018

Judge, World Boxing Council, North American Boxing Federation; ABC certified

Board member, Winnipeg Harvest 2005 through 2018

Throughout the 1980’s: Board member of St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation, and Chairman for 2 years of Special Projects Committee

Practice Areas


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

Graduate, Harvard University, Mediation and Negotiation Course June 2015


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