Robert (“Bob”) Mostar has maintained a busy litigation practice since 1979. He works primarily in the area of Family Law, although his litigation practice remains varied and diverse, and includes personal injury and abuse and assault claims (including sex assault/abuse). He is an enthusiastic member of the Collaborative Divorce Vancouver practice group and, when appropriate, will try to guide clients away from the expensive and potentially destructive court system.
While Bob maintains a busy litigation practice primarily in the area of family law, his passion has always moved him to explore alternatives to the expensive and potentially destructive court process when seeking resolution of the problems encountered by families, whether in the management of the distribution of their property or the determination of what is best for their children. In his Collaborative Law practice, and indeed in his litigation practice, he endeavors to offer his clients the perspective of having experienced and endured the limitations of the court system in the resolution of family law disputes.
Bob became a certified Family Law Mediator in 2001 and 2010 and became certified as a Collaborative Law professional. He is presently a member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver, as well as the international Collaborative Law umbrella organization, I.A.C.P.
Bob graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 and obtained his Law Degree (LLB) in 1978. From the beginning of his career, he was drawn to the practice of litigation in the diverse areas of family law, criminal law, and general civil litigation. Bob has always had an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the problems of real people – their diverse and challenging personal problems and the legal issues that they generate.
Over the course of a 40 + year career, Bob increasingly gravitated toward the unique challenges of family law practice, and litigation involving clients who are the victims of sexual assault, and those who are respondents to civil claims of sexual assault.
Over the years, Bob has served as chair of the board of directors at Fraser Academy, a school for children with learning challenges (particularly Dyslexia); as a member of the board of the Lower Mainland Assessment and Referral Service, a non-profit employment assistance program facilitator catering largely to employees in the forest industry; as a member of the board of the Richmond Multicultural Community Services Society; and for many years as an occasional instructor for the Law Students Legal Advice Program at the University of British Columbia and as a supervisor of their clinics.
Bob is committed to dialogue, understanding, maintaining the dignity of people facing the most stressful events of their lives, and making an extra effort that will generate respectful communication between individuals facing all manner of crises.
Areas of Practice
- Family/Matrimonial Law
- Personal Injury Tort Litigation
- General Civil Litigation
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
- Certified Family Mediator, Law Society of British Columbia, 2001
- British Columbia, 1979
- University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- LL.B. – 1978
- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- B.A. – 1975
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member, 1979 – Present
- Canadian Bar Association, Member, 1979 – Present
- Vancouver Bar Association, Member, 1979 – Present
Pro Bono Activities
- Law Students Legal Advice Program (UBC) – Instructor, 2005 – Present
- Richmond Multicultural Community Services Society, 2012 – Present
- Fraser Academy Private School – Former Board Member
- Lower Mainland Assessment and Referral Service – Former Board Member