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Robert Charlton was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1948. After living in B.C. in the early 70's, he returned to Toronto and attended Osgoode Hall Law School after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English at Princeton University. He graduated from law school in 1978.
In his early training Mr. Charlton had the opportunity to work with several distinguished and prominent lawyers. During this time, he performed a wide variety of trial work from the provincial court level up to the Court of Appeal.
After leaving the firm of Deverell Harrop, Mr. Charlton concentrated the focus of his practice on personal injury work. Over the years he worked with a number of other accomplished lawyers including Robert Shirreff, Peter Buxton, and Raymond Chouinard.
Mr. Charlton has served on the executive of the Trial Lawyers Association for several years and participated in many seminars since his call to the bar in 1979. He was the chief editor of The Verdict for some years, a magazine published by the Trial Lawyers Association. Over time he has also sponsored a number of charitable organizations relating to his work including the annual B.C. Brain Injury Conference and the B.C. Brain Injury Newsletter, as well as Sunny Hill Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital.
Aside from his profession, he has been involved in volunteer work on the executive of the Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association and the Peace Arch Soccer Club.
In 2000 he moved his downtown practice to Richmond in order to be closer to his family. He is married and still has one child living at home.
Mr. Charlton has represented people from widely varying backgrounds with an even wider variety of injuries. He notes that one of his biggest concerns is that someone retains legal counsel as early as possible following an accident. It is also a good idea to hire an experienced lawyer who specializes in personal injury.
One of his more significant cases involved a man with a concussion type injury who never lost consciousness in the accident. It was thought to be minor by the original lawyer who was handling the case but was ultimately settled by Mr. Charlton for 1.75 million dollars.
His advice is that if your case turns out to be minor, be happy as no amount of money makes up for losing your health. Since his fees are a percentage of your settlement you won't pay much for the security of having an experienced lawyer assisting you. On the other hand, if your case turns out to be serious you can feel confident you will receive a full and fair settlement under Mr. Charlton's guidance and advice.
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