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Robert Dowhan (Bob)

B.A., LL.B. Partner

Called To Bar



  • University of Western, LL.B.
  • University of Windsor, B.A.


Guelph Office T. 519 821 0012 E. F: 519 837 1617

Robert Dowhan (Bob) is the former Managing Partner and the senior partner in the Insurance and Civil Litigation Practice Groups with a primary focus on Insurance litigation and a particular interest where litigation involves property. Bob also works with Employers and Employees with respect to workplace matters including wrongful dismissal and human rights.

Bob has extensive experience with all civil litigation including insurance defence litigation, third party liability claims, construction matters, and real and personal property disputes. Bob has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario. Bob prides himself on being an effective trial advocate and finding the solutions to problems in a unique and practical fashion.  Bob has been working with insurers providing insight and guidance on large and complex losses that involve multi-faceted claims including compromised structure, building replacement, loss of income and business interruption or loss of income and other nuanced insurance losses. Bob has an unparalleled understanding of policies of insurance, the case law and legislation surrounding property and title insurance, as well as policies of commercial general liability insurance.

Bob advises both employers and employees in all aspects of the workplace law: hiring, terminations, drafting contracts and workplace policies and procedures, workplace investigations, and notice of termination or pay in lieu.  Bob provides advice and representation of employees and employers in employment law matters.

Bob obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar in 2001 and has been at SV Law without interruption since his call.

Bob and his wife, Kate have three children (Bobby, Lily and Eloise) who keep them busy. Kate is a trained chef who, with Bob’s help, keeps a busy family and freelance career going. When not involved in cases or the office Bob can usually be found either eating something that Kate has devised or doing something for, or with, his kids. Bob’s love of fishing has taken him all over North America. He lives to be on the water and actually has a list of “bucket fish” to catch.

  • Guelph Office 105 Silvercreek Pkwy. N. Suite 100 Guelph, ON N1H 6S4
    519 837 2100
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    519 837 2100
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