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 > Dispute resolution: Ontario

(Leading Individuals)

Andrew Bernstein – Torys

Torys‘ Toronto-based group routinely represents a range of domestic and international companies in shareholder litigation, breach of contract and corporate governance matters. The practice is co-led by Linda Plumpton, who is focused on competition litigation, securities litigation, class action defence, and corporate and commercial disputes. Alongside her, Gillian Dingle routinely supports leading capital market players in professional liability claims, securities class actions and regulatory investigations. Additional key figures include Sheila Block, who demonstrates expertise in IP, defamation and administrative law disputes, and Sarah Whitmore, who handles employment, media and public law disputes. Another key figure is seasoned litigator Andrew Bernstein.

Canada > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Andrew BernsteinTorys

According to one pharmaceutical client, Torys impresses with its ‘knowledge regarding the intersection of regulatory and IP law’. Alongside its premier life sciences expertise, the Toronto-based group is additionally well versed in IP matters pertaining to the TMT, retail, food and beverage, agriculture, industrial, and energy and natural resources sectors, among others. IP chair and patent specialist Eileen McMahon also fronts the food and drug regulatory practice and advises on an array of IP protection and regulatory matters. Edward Fan coordinates the IP group and has an emphasis on IP acquisition, enforcement and exploitation. The group also fields two highly regarded IP litigators in Andrew Shaughnessy and Andrew Bernstein. Other recommended names include life sciences specialist Teresa Reguly and newly promoted patent litigator Nicole Mantini.