With deep regret, we announce that our friend and partner, Robin M. Kersey, has passed away at the age of 63. Robin received his Call to the Manitoba Bar in 1980, he joined Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS) in 1981 and became a Partner in 1988. Robin served for many years on the firm’s Management Committee and was also a past Chair of the firm’s Labour & Employment Practice Group. Robin was repeatedly recognized nationally by Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal in the areas of Labour and Employment law.

The Partners, Associates, Students and Staff of TDS extend our sincere condolences to the Kersey family.

Any clients needing assistance should contact Maureen Beal at or by phone (204) 934-2413.


Robin graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 1979.  His practice is focused on provision of advice to and acting as counsel for management in all areas of employment and labour law, including conducting collective bargaining and advising on collective agreement administration, preparation of executive and other employment agreements and employee handbooks, advising on discipline and terminations and dealing with any litigation or arbitrations arising as a result.  Robin acts as counsel for management before the courts, arbitrators, labour boards and human rights tribunals and occasionally acts for senior executives in connection with employment issues. Robin is also engaged by parties to act as a neutral in mediation (or arbitration) of commercial and labour issues.

Robin is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Labour & Employment Practice group and is a member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and the Labour and Employment Group of Lex Mundi.

  • Primary Practice Area

    Labour & Employment

  • Services

    Labour & Employment


    Litigation and Dispute Resolution


  • Education

    LL.B. 1979 University of Manitoba

  • Industries


  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, 1980

  • Achievements

    Robin has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Lawyer in both Employment and Labour Law - one of the few Manitoba lawyers to be so recognized in both areas. Robin has also been repeatedly selected for inclusion in “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the Labour and Employment areas and was named that publication’s “Best Labour Lawyer of 2012” for Winnipeg and the 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution “Lawyer of the Year” for Winnipeg. He was recognized by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 and 2019 in the area of Labour & Employment Law.

  • In the Community

    Robin is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Manitoba Marathon Foundation, a former Chair of the Manitoba Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and a former National Director of the Society.

  • Legal Teachings

    Robin is a frequent presenter on labour and employment law at seminars organized by the Manitoba Bar Association, the Law Society of Manitoba, the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and other business and charitable organizations, as well as being a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.

  • Associations

    • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers