Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo in 1998, where he achieved Dean's List standing. He then obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 2001. He again achieved Dean's List standing and was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards.
Upon graduation, Andrew clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, completing his articles at Bennett Jones. This experience has given Andrew a unique insight into how judges assess the matters that come before them, an insight he has incorporated into his practice.
After completing his articles Andrew obtained his Master of Laws degree from Queens' College, Cambridge University, England. Andrew obtained a specialization in commercial law while at Cambridge.
After completing his LLM, Andrew returned to Bennett Jones, and practiced as a litigation associate until 2010. During that time Andrew gained significant trial and arbitration experience, with a focus on corporate commercial litigation, including securities matters, oppression claims, intellectual property and construction litigation.
In 2010 Andrew joined the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) as Enforcement Counsel, Litigation. In his role as Enforcement Counsel, Andrew prosecuted offences under the Alberta Securities Act, in both the administrative/regulatory and quasi-criminal contexts.
Andrew prosecuted all manner of securities offences while with the ASC, with a particular focus on illegal insider trading, fraud and illegal distributions. He was lead counsel on some of Alberta's (and Canada's) most significant illegal insider trading cases.
Andrew joined JSS Barristers in 2014 to focus on commercial litigation, class actions and representing individuals and corporations charged with regulatory offences, in both the administrative and criminal context. Since returning to private practice, Andrew has represented clients before the ASC, the Saskatchewan Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.
Andrew's specific litigation focus is on complex commercial and securities litigation, class actions, oppression remedy claims and derivative actions and construction disputes.
Andrew has appeared successfully as lead counsel before all levels of Court in Alberta, including the Provincial Court criminal division, and has significant experience before the regulatory tribunals of the ASC. He has also appeared as counsel before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and the superior courts of other provinces. Andrew also has experience dealing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission.
Andrew has written papers and given seminars and presentations on securities litigation matters, to both private practitioners and regulatory bodies throughout North America. He has given presentations and seminars on construction litigation matters. Andrew also tutors Civil Procedure at the University of Calgary law school.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys running, playing soccer, skiing, home brewing beer and travelling. Andrew and his wife volunteer with Beagle Paws, a beagle rescue organization. Andrew is also a board member of the Calgary Humane Society.