Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein

Toronto: 416.865.7678
Fax 416.865.7380


LLM (Fulbright Fellow), 2003
University of California, Berkeley
LLB (Gold Medalist), 1997
University of Toronto
BComm (FC Honours, Economics), 1994
McGill University

Bar Admissions

Ontario (Treasurer's Medal), 1999


Andrew’s practice focuses on business law disputes, including intellectual property, commercial and public law matters. A significant portion of his practice involves patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, as well as advertising and privacy law.

Andrew also 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.

Representative Work

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Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property: litigation (2016-2020)

Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in intellectual property: litigation (2008-2019)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in corporate and commercial litigation, intellectual property law, technology law (2013-2020)

The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2019)

Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property litigation (2013-2019)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (Commercial, IP) (2018-2019)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in intellectual property (2013-2019); intellectual property litigation (2013-2019); corporate commercial (2017 - 2019); biotechnology (2018-2019); class actions (2019); defamation and media (2019)

Best Lawyers in Canada—Intellectual property law lawyer of the year (2018) (Toronto)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in patents (2013-2018) and life sciences (2014-2016)

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners—Leading lawyer in litigation (2011-2019)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in patent litigation (2014)

Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in intellectual property litigation (2011 and 2013)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in dispute resolution (2018)

IAM Life Sciences 250: The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators—Leading lawyer globally (2010)



Professional Involvement

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

Andrew is a member of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association, the Information Technology Section within the Media and Entertainment Section of the Ontario Bar Association and The Advocates' Society.