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A 2014 winner of the Precedent Setter Award for outstanding accomplishment in the first ten years of law practice, Andrea has a robust practice that includes civil litigation, administrative law, constitutional and Charter litigation, select criminal matters, regulatory and professional discipline matters, and appeals and judicial review applications.  As part of her intellectual property litigation practice, she is cross-appointed as counsel to the leading patent & trademark firm of PCK IP, with offices in Toronto, Waterloo and Washington, D.C.

Papers she has co-published include topics on investigative hearsay and white-collar crime investigations.

Andrea’s civil litigation experience includes defamation, historical sexual abuse, civil fraud, complex commercial matters, and shareholder disputes.

She argues before all levels of court in Ontario and the Federal Court, as well as various administrative tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario Racing Commission. Andrea advises various administrative tribunals as independent legal counsel.

Andrea is Adjunct Faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School and is an instructor for Osgoode Professional Development’s LLM program, where she teaches Administrative Law.

Andrea received her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 2005, where she was awarded the gold medal.

She clerked for the judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario before being called to the Ontario bar in 2006. Then she clerked for the Honourable Justice LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2006 to 2007.

She joined Stockwoods in 2007.

Andrea’s pro bono work includes arguing judicial review applications with the Osgoode Hall Law School Innocence Project and acting as amicus curiae at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She has acted pro bono for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian Public Health Association as interveners in cases before the Supreme Court of Canada.

 
Representative Work
  • Canada (Attorney General) v PHS Community Services. Acted for the Canadian Public Health Association, which was granted intervener status at the Supreme Court of Canada and made submissions on the issue of whether the Minister’s refusal to grant an exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for a safe-injection site violated s. 7 of the Charter.
  • R. v. Cunningham
    Acted for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, which was granted intervener status, and made submissions on the issue of whether the court may require defence counsel to continue to act for an accused after a financial retainer breaks down
  • Turmel v. CBC (Dragons’ Den)
    Successfully obtained summary judgment for the CBC against a claim for defamation and breach of contract relating to the plaintiff’s appearance on the television show, the Dragon’s Den
  • Almalki v. Canada, Elmaati v. Canada, Nureddin v. Canada
    Representing Canadian citizens suing the federal government for breaches of their Charter rights and various torts as a result of torture and mistreatment
  • Marina District Development Company (Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa) v. Canada (Attorney General). Successfully brought a judicial review application in respect of a decision of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada concerning the definition of “publicly available” under the Canada Transportation Act.
  • Chippewas of Rama v. Ontario
    Acted as co-counsel for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation at trial and on appeal, in their action against the Ontario Government for their claimed 35% share of the net revenues of Casino Rama, located on their reserve lands
  • Sheppard v. Ontario Racing Commission
    Successfully defended a judicial review application on behalf of the Ontario Racing Commission
  • Ontario Energy Board v. Summitt Energy Management
    Assisted in the prosecution of an Ontario Energy Board licensee for regulatory violations
Publications
  • Co-Author, “Prematurity and Adequate Alternative Remedies in the Post-Dunsmuir Era,” 8th National Annual Forum: Administrative Law and Practice, Osgoode Professional Development, program October 23-24, 2012
  • Co-Author, The Application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the Regulation of Health Professionals: Anaemic Rights & Prescriptions for Change,” Health Law in Canada, 2010
  • Co-Author, Investigative Hearsay: R. v. Van, Law Society of Upper Canada, Six-Minute Criminal Defence Lawyer, 2010
  • Co-Author, When Do You Advise Your Client to Go to the Police?: Representing Clients Involved in White Collar Crime Investigations, White Collar Crime: Prosecuting and Defending Regulatory and Criminal Proceedings, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2008
  • Co-Author, The Oppression Remedy – A Complicated Application Made Simple, Current Issues in Civil Litigation: Keys to Victory, OBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2008
Teaching & Speaking Engagements
  • Instructor, Osgoode Professional Development LLM (Administrative Law), 2014 to present
  • Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (Administrative Law), 2012 to present
  • “Impartiality and Independence,” Top Cases in Administrative Law 2012, The Advocates’ Society Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group, program 2013
  • Panellist,  “Judicial But No Review: Discretionary and Non-discretionary Bars to Administrative Law Remedies,” 8th National Annual Forum: Administrative Law and Practice, Osgoode Professional Development, program October 23-24, 2012
  • Speaker, “Insite: Public Health’s Day in Court.” Canadian Public Health Association 2012 Annual Conference, Canadian Public Health Association, 2012
  • Speaker, Practical Issues for Canadian Lawyers Representing Plaintiffs in Civil Lawsuits, Criminal and Civil Liability for War Crimes, Genocide and Torture, Canadian Council for International Justice, 2010
  • Speaker, Workshop: The Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell, Decision Writing: A Legal and Practical Guide to Making Decisions and Writing Reasons for Members of Administrative Tribunals, Canadian Institute, 2009
  • Speaker, Fundamentals on the Rules of Evidence, Process Fairness: The Adjudicator’s Guide to Manage and Conduct Hearings, Insight, 2009
Associations
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Toronto Lawyers’ Association
Recognition
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