Robb is driven towards the human element of criminal law and enjoys the opportunity to help others navigate out of the worst problems of their lives. Robb is an easy going and social individual. He enjoys many good relationships with Crown Attorneys and other members of the Ontario criminal defence bar. Robb gets along well with his clients and does what he can to put them at ease while representing them with force and professionalism.
Robb’s forte is criminal jury trials. Robb has gone out of his way to take on complex and challenging cases and to put in the time required to achieve incredible results for his clients. In doing so, Robb has earned a reputation for being honest, hardworking, and committed to winning.
Before becoming a Toronto criminal lawyer, Robb studied law and received his J.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston. Robb completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Texas at Austin. While in Texas Robb played hockey and water skied for the University of Texas.
Robb is currently in a law chambers with some of the best criminal defence lawyers in the country including the renowned John Struthers and David Butt. After his first year in law school, Robb began working at the law offices of the renowned, Edward Greenspan QC in Toronto, Ontario. Before developing his own criminal law practice, Robb articled in the Advocacy department at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP – one of Canada’s largest law firms. In 2003 Robb left working in finance, at RBC Dominion Securities, to fulfill a lifelong goal of becoming a trial lawyer. While in law school Robb won two provincial championships for Court Room Advocacy – the Arnup Cup and the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Cup. In the latter competition, Robb was recognized as the best individual advocate in the competition. In private practice, Robb has argued and won numerous trials in Ontario’s Provincial and Superior courts, however, many of his clients have benefited from his negotiation skills out of court. Robb has repeatedly managed to have his clients’ charges dropped or stayed even when those clients faced numerous and serious charges.
- Queen’s University – Law
- University of Texas – Civil Rights and History
- University of Western Ontario – History
A Personal Approach to Toronto Law
For centuries, the legal profession, especially criminal law, has emphasized the fundamentals of basic human relations.
An effective criminal lawyer must be able to advance his client’s cause without offending his adversaries or the judges who preside over criminal proceedings. Instead, an effective criminal lawyer must be able to negotiate and advocate with respect, self-restraint and patience. Lawyers who are well received by others tend to receive more favorable results for their clients.
Robb is very aware of how important it is to negotiate firmly without offending or infuriating those around him. Many of Robb’s most contented clients have benefited immensely from Robb’s ability to “negotiate away” their charges.
What Clients & Judges Say
I would like to thank Mr. MacDonald because you worked really hard on this case, over months, and to achieve a really good outcome for your client, and you were professional and wonderful at every stage and I thank you for that.
I cannot leave this case without telling counsel that, as I’m entering a third decade as a judge on this bench, I can count on one hand the number of times I have said what I’m about to say to counsel. Gentlemen, your courtesy, your civility and your professionalism with one another and to the Court in these proceedings is, in my view, a testament to your considerable skills as advocates.
I Feel Like I Owe My Life to Robb. I lost my fiancé, my job, and almost my house when I was first charged with these crimes. It felt like no one stood by me. As soon as I met Robb I had the utmost confidence in him and I knew he was the man for the job. He spent countless hours preparing me for the trial. During the trial, he performed an outstanding cross examination on the man who’d accused me of these crimes. At the end of Robb’s cross examination I knew that no one in the court room believed his side of story. Robb was nothing short of a life-saver.
I had given up hope. I thought there was no way to beat my charges. I spoke to other lawyers before meeting with Robb MacDonald and I was strongly considering entering a guilty plea. When Robb looked at my case, he suggested that we bring a Charter Argument. I didn’t even know what that was. We spent a whole day in court and Robb and the Crown Attorney argued about whether or not my Charter Rights had been violated because I had to wait so long for my trial date. At the end of the day, Robb’s arguments convinced the judge to stay all the charges against me.