With over thirty-five years’ experience, Robert is a founding partner of Sampson McPhee. Robert operates a multi-faceted practice. His client work is broad-based, with a provincial, national and international scope. From fisherman, farmers, labour relations, small business owners to CEOs, his clients come to know and benefit from a passionate ally. Robert practices primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, estate planning, and real estate. Robert is particularly proud of the role he plays in facilitating opportunities in Cape Breton.

Giving back to the community is very important to Robert. In addition to his involvement in various local economic growth activities and boards, he serves as the Chairman of the Celtic Colours International Festival and presently sits on the board at Cape Breton University. Robert also volunteers his time providing advice to many community organizations.


  • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 1982
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Bachelor of Law Degree
  • Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Bachelor of Commerce Degree


  • Name: Norma Bishop
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  • Chairman - Board of Governors, Cape Breton University
  • Past Chairman - Celtic Colours International Festival
  • Board Member - Cape Breton University
  • President - Ben Eoin Marina Limited
  • Founding Director - Ben Eoin Golf Club Limited
  • Member - Canadian Bar Association
  • Member - Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Secretary - Cape Breton Barristers' Society
  • Member - Board of Directors, Dalhousie Law School Alumni
  • Member - Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education
  • Past Vice-Chair - Board of Governors, Law Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • Director - Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club
  • Director - LearnCorp International (Cape Breton University Foundation)
  • Past Chairman - Nexient Learning Inc., Toronto (TSX) (7 years)
  • Past Member - Ronald MacDonald House - Fund Raising Committee
  • Past Member - Finance Committee, Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Past Member - Board of Trustees, IWK Foundation
  • Past Director - Cape Breton Family YMCA
  • Past Secretary - Nova Scotia Liberal Association/Management Board (17 years)
  • Past President - Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Member - St.Joseph's Parish Council
  • Past Director - Junior Achievement of Cape Breton
  • Past Director - Savoy Theatre