Bob Sawers

Robert Sawers is the founder and principle of Robert obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, majoring in Economics with a special interest in Psychology. He obtained his law degree from the prestigious McGill University in Montreal. He has been called to the bar of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and North West Territories (Restricted Practice Certificate).

The genesis of dates back to 1987 when Robert articled for the Office of Special Prosecutions for The Attorney General of Ontario. The office prosecuted serious criminal offences (including the prosecution of police, lawyers, judges, serial rapists and other complicated and high profile criminal prosecutions) and was also responsible for all of the appeals to the Court of Appeal and The Supreme Court of Canada. During this time, Robert was also a Provincial Offence Prosecutor.

While at Special Prosecutions, Robert worked on high profile cases, which included; the Constitutional attack on the rape shield provisions of the Criminal Code, the prosecution of Peter Michael Collins who murdered an Ottawa policeman and various prosecutions of Police. Robert was mentored by a group of Special Prosecutors (most of whom are now judges).

In 1989 Robert joined private practice and had his first experiences in DUI defence. Shortly thereafter he was hired by the Federal Department of Justice as a Criminal Prosecutor. It was here that Robert began to develop his exceptional prosecutorial skills while primarily prosecuting organized crime narcotic offences. His prosecutions included members of the Asian Triads, Jamaican Posse, Colombians, Mafia, Bikers and other organized crime groups.

Furthermore, Robert regularly prosecuted the clients of Clayton Ruby, Edward Greenspan and James Lockyear. Most importantly, Robert had the opportunity to observe and learn from such able and experienced counsel. In his latter years at the Department, Robert’s caseload primarily consisted of complex international narcotics importing prosecutions with one of his cases being profiled on the old T.V. show “Top Cops”.

While at the Department of Justice, Robert was awarded the Merit Award for his contributions to the Department.

In 1995, Robert moved to Calgary and joined Alberta Justice. While at Alberta Justice, he quickly earned a reputation as a tenacious and able prosecutor particularly in relation to child sexual assault and impaired driving offences. As a result, Robert was asked to lecture to his colleagues on DUI prosecutions.

In 1997, Robert left Alberta Justice, taking his many years of prosecutorial experience with him and returned to defending DUI charges. Since 1997, Robert has represented hundreds of clients charged with Impaired Driving offences. He regularly takes on the most serious and complex cases of Impaired Driving, Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm and Impaired Driving Causing Death.

Robert has successfully represented accused in all levels of courts in the Province of Alberta. He has successfully represented clients across Canada, including Yellowknife, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

Robert is a certified operator of a number of breath testing machines including; 5000C, 400D and the SD5.

Robert has volunteered his time, on a number of Boards, including the Board of Directors of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse, the Nosehill Liberal Riding Association, and coaches competitive soccer.

Outside of law, Robert has earned various qualifications including: Private Gliders Licence, Private Pilot Licence, SCUBA Licence and Canadian Yachting (Sailing) Association Offshore Certification.

Robert is married and has four children. When he is not at work Robert enjoys spending time with his family, hiking in the mountains, traveling, sailing, and riding his motorcycle.

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