Bob Keel

Bob Keel



(416) 219-7716


(905) 890-8006


“One night over dinner in 1998, my wife told me that I was turning into a law nerd. My immediate response was “turning?” In response, I co-founded QVI Wine Club and we began importing wines, cheeses and olive oil from Italy. It dovetails nicely with my educational sector practice, as many of my clients enjoy attending our annual tastings and dinners. I’m now known as the ‘Wine Guy’ but, in my heart, I am still a law nerd. At Keel Cottrelle, we are committed to providing the highest quality legal services in an innovative, expeditious and cost effective manner. I am proud to say that our clients are consistently satisfied with our service, and communicate this to us on a regular basis. ”

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Civil Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Procurement Law


I have appeared before all levels of the Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as numerous Tribunals.  I present regularly at conferences and have published numerous books and articles.  

Publications, News & Media:

  • Spoken at more than 100 conferences and have published more than 100 papers or articles
  • President of Edu-Law Consulting Services Limited, which provides Conflict Resolution programs for the education sector
  • Executive Editor of the Keel Cottrelle LLP Education Law Newsletter, Human Resources Newsletter, and Public Sector Procurement Law Newsletter
  • Author of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Attendance and Discipline (1998), the co-author of An Educator’s Guide to Managing Sexual Misconduct in Schools (2003), An Educator’s Guide to Parental Harassment (2005) and An Educator’s Guide to the Health and Safety of Students, (2010)
  • Consulted by CBC radio as well as The Globe & Mail and Toronto Star from time to time regarding education law issues
  • Bob Keel has been awarded the Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Centre Award


  • Called to the  Ontario Bar in 1977
  • Called to the Bar of New York State in 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Brock University
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School

Professional Membership

  • International Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education