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Robert M. Halpern*

Tel: 416 777 5435 Fax: 1 888 497 8645
*Legal services provided through Robert M. Halpern Professional Corporation

Robert Halpern received his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985. He is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Family Law and has been head of the Family Law Group at Torkin Manes LLP since 2000.

Mr. Halpern’s practice addresses all aspects of family law, including related business and personal financial protection planning. He is also an experienced certified Mediator/Arbitrator.

Robert Halpern has taught Family Law for the Bar Admission Course and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association – Family Law Section. He was a member of the Law Society of Ontario Family Law Specialist Selection Committee. He serves as a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Ontario Superior Court.

Mr. Halpern has chaired programs on family law and has presented family law papers and other papers at various conferences for the National Judicial Institute, the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, the Canadian Institute, Osgoode Professional Development and Federated Press. He has appeared on radio programmes commenting on family law issues.

Mr. Halpern is the co-author (with Justice David Steinberg of the Unified Family Court, Hamilton) of a book entitled Family Law in the Family Courts (Volume II) – (Carswell). He is the editor and an author for the Canada Law Book loose leaf service publication, entitled Advising the Family-Owned Business. In addition, Mr. Halpern is the editor and an author of a book entitled Property Rights and Obligations under Ontario Family Law – (Thomson Reuters). He will be the editor and author of a book of the same name but as pertains to Support, which is expected to be published in early 2018.

Robert Halpern has been named as “Repeatedly Recommended” or “Consistently Recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory under the Family Law category every year since 2008, inclusive. Additionally, for every year since 2010, Mr. Halpern has been recognized by his peers for selection in Best Lawyers in Canada, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Awards & Recognition


Community Involvement






  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1983


  • Certified by The Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Family Law
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1985

Publications & Presentations


When Legal Worlds Collide: The Impact of Corporate Law on Family Law Rights & Obligations Following a Relationship Breakdown

Prepared for the 4th Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Property and Equalization
Mar 4, 2015

Advising the Family-Owned Business

Thomson Reuters, Canada Law Book, loose leaf service publication; first published in 1999, with annual updates Editor and Contributing Author: Robert Halpern Assistant Editor and Contributing Author: Sandra Jackson Contributing Authors: Risa Awerbuck,...
Oct 16, 2013

Property Rights and Obligations under Ontario Family Law

Editor and Contributor, Thomson Reuters
Jan 2, 2012

News & Media

Firm News

Congratulations to our lawyers recognized in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Direc...
Apr 24, 2019
Firm News

Torkin Manes Family Law Group secures top ranking in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners High Net Worth

Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Torkin Manes is pleased to be ranked Band 1 by Chambers High Net Worth 2018 in the area of Family/Matrimonial Law in Canada.
Aug 22, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 22 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders.
Aug 21, 2018
Firm News

Support Rights & Obligations Under Ontario Family Law edited by Robert Halpern launches June 21, 2018

Edited and authored by Robert Halpern, a partner and head of our Family Law Group, Support Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law (...
Jul 26, 2018