Andrew Bernstein > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Intellectual Property


Andrew provides clients with leading experience, deep knowledge and skilled advocacy to advance their interests in patent and commercial disputes, as well as appellate matters, in all levels of court.

Andrew helps clients involved in numerous types of disputes, including intellectual property, commercial and public law matters. A significant portion of his practice involves patents, copyright, trademarks arising in the life sciences, information technology, media and other industries.

Andrew’s commercial litigation practice includes considerable experience in class actions, licensing, contract and tort actions, frequently advising and defending traditional and new media clients on defamation and free expression issues. He also has a strong track record in public law matters, having acted for both public- and private-sector clients in administrative hearings, judicial reviews and constitutional law cases.

Andrew is an experienced appellate lawyer. He has helped numerous clients navigate difficult appeals before the Ontario and Federal Courts of Appeal, as well as other appellate courts across the country in a wide variety of areas of substantive law, including contracts, patents, copyright, class actions, administrative and constitutional law. He has also argued several appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada.


Ontario Bar, 1999


Andrew is currently the Co-Chair of the Advocates Society’s Appellate Practice Group, which he founded. He has previously been the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section, a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates Society and a member of the Board of IT.Can.

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 law.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Andrew BernsteinTorys

Torys has been especially active in the life sciences sector of late though also caters to names from the retail, agriculture, food, technology, media, sports, telecommunication and gaming industries, among others, serving as a one-stop shop across the full lifecycle of IP mandates. Eileen McMahon is a patent agent in both the US and Canada with 30 years of experience under her belt; she co-leads the team from Toronto alongside acquisition, exploitation and enforcement specialist, Edward Fan, and Andrew Shaughnessy who enjoys a prominent track record in patent and trademark infringement litigation, including those before the Supreme Court of Canada. Teresa Reguly supports clients involved in the sale of regulated pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology products with Andrew Bernstein delivering significant prowess in patent, copyright and trademark disputes, including those within the IT, media and life sciences industries. At the more junior end, counsel Nicole Mantini is a further star name on the contentious side and is highly regarded among international and North American pharmaceutical companies.

Canada > Dispute resolution: Ontario

(Leading Individuals)

Andrew Bernstein – Torys