Meet the people of ADR Education

Robbie Sheffman*, Associate

Robbie Sheffman* has spent his lengthy and varied career as a mediator, investigator, lawyer, adjudicator, teacher and broadcaster trying to “get to the bottom of things.” He applies his curiosity, perseverance and communication skills to untangle and resolve. His background and experience make an excellent platform for work in dispute resolution.

Robbie’s focus is now on mediation and workplace investigation and assessment.

He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1992 and has practiced in a wide variety of areas, including decades of practice in Canadian citizenship and immigration law, during which he helped clients navigate the complex waters of Canada’s citizenship and immigration programs, and obtain outcomes that were of enormous personal importance to them. He has had the pleasure of working with people from around the world and thereby learning about many different cultures. Other practice areas have included business law, land use, construction, debtor-creditor, insolvency, contracts and infrastructure projects.

In addition, for approximately nine years, Robbie served as a Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees in Victoria, BC. In this position, he heard and issued written decisions on Employment Insurance appeals and was responsible for ensuring procedural fairness and writing substantively correct decisions. He conducted and adjudicated approximately 1,000 appeals.

He has also taught courses at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law (Remedies and Business Associations) and has been an on-air analyst and associate producer at TSN, which at the time was Canada’s only national television sports network.

His law degree is from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia (1991). He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Ontario, where he majored in Mass Communications and Sociology (1986).

Robbie is a Mediator of the Associate Civil Roster of Mediate BC.

*All services are provided by Robert S. Sheffman Law Corporation

The presenter showed skill in weaving between theory and practice... from theoretical examples to sensitive hot topics.

ADR's approach is exceptional. They are able to take a complex subject and distill it into digestible components

Teaching methods are fantastic!

The team was effective. Our case was set for a two week trial but was mediated in one day!

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Very accomplished presenters excited about what they are teaching...easy to be with and very approachable.

Excellent facilitating. Keeping on track, taking control at the appropriate times.

For our staff to see how the skills can be used specifically in their work makes them take notice.

Your ability to customize the course so it was directly relevant to the work we do made it all the more useful.