managing partner, Vaughan and Markham, Miller Thomson LLP
Andy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to Canada. He was also named Leading Canadian Corporate Lawyer to Watch by Lexpert magazine in its Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, and he is a past winner of the Lexpert Rising Star Award. He is recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ® Rated Lawyer and is also regularly listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the area of Corporate Commercial Law. More recently, in 2019, Andy received the FACL Lawyer of Distinction Award for significant accomplishments in the law and for service to the legal profession, areas of social justice and the community.
Andy is appointed by the government as one of a select number of legal experts to the Business Law Modernization and Burden Reduction Council to advise the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance with respect to all aspects of corporate and commercial legislative reform, including Emergency Order O. Reg. 107/20 with respect to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Andy’s areas of focus include business law, related corporate and regulatory matters, financial services and strategic business immigration in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, real estate development, technology, healthcare, insurance and natural resources. He has counselled
public and private multinational organizations, corporate and commercial enterprises as well as individual clients in North America, Europe, and Asia conducting or seeking to conduct businessin Canada, and Canadian businesses analyzing or implementing their options in the global markets.
Andy is also active in the area of government relations, wherein he advises on strategic, public policy and compliance issues relating to all levels of government, including the development of business inbound structures coupled with corporate, immigration and related strategies utilizing applicable federal or provincial incentive programs.
Having worked overseas at a “Magic Circle” English law firm, and then practicing for several years as a commercial litigator in Canada, Andy is able to leverage his knowledge of adversarial processes and international and domestic markets to accurately anticipate and respond to the most sensitive of circumstances. In addition, Andy’s experience before all levels of Courts in Ontario, as well as numerous federal and provincial tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, allows him to assist clients navigate a variety of strategic challenges in harmony with their overall business objectives.
Andy is licensed to practice law in Ontario and British Columbia.