Andrew Bernstein is the practice group leader for Torys’ litigation department. His practice focuses on business law disputes, including intellectual property, commercial and public law matters. A significant portion of his practice involves intellectual property matters, advertising and privacy law.
Andrew maintains an active commercial litigation practice, including considerable experience in class actions, licensing, contract and tort actions. He also has substantial expertise in public law, having acted for both public and private sector clients in administrative hearings, judicial reviews and Charter matters. Andrew also frequently advises and defends traditional and new media clients on defamation and free expression issues.
Andrew is also an experienced appellate lawyer, and has appeared numerous times in Divisional Court, the Ontario and Federal Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
In 1997 and 1998, Andrew served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2003–2004, Andrew obtained his LLM at the University of California (Berkeley), primarily focusing on intellectual property, technology and telecommunications law.
Andrew is currently a director of the Advocates' Society. He is the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section, where he still serves as co-chair of the CLE committee. He is a past member of the board of University of Toronto’s Law Alumni Association and the Queen West Art Crawl.
Memberships and Affiliations
Intellectual Property Section, Canadian Bar Association
Information Technology Section, Media and Entertainment Section, Ontario Bar Association