Called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, Andrew has practiced law for over three decades, primarily dealing with construction projects in trouble. Andrew is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO).
Andrew is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Construction and Infrastructure Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), having been a Section Executive member since 2005. Andrew has spoken and written at many OBA Section events over the years, and has also participated and spoken at CBA National Construction and Infrastructure Law Section events. Andrew is currently the Chair of the National Construction and Infrastructure Law Section of the CBA. Andrew is an active member of the Canadian Construction Association, The Toronto Construction Association (TCA) and the TCA Allied Professionals Committee.
Andrew received his LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999 in Alternative Dispute Resolution, while continuing with a full time private practice. Andrew received his LL.B. (now J.D.) from the University of Toronto Law School in 1988, and his B.A. (Joint Honours in Pol. Sci and Phil) from McGill University in 1985.
Andrew has chaired, presented and spoken at many Construction Law and Industry events over the years. Andrew counsels and encourages alternative means for resolving disputes where appropriate. The time and opportunity cost of more traditional means of dispute resolution — litigation and arbitration — are often not warranted if the parties are assisted through facilitated mediation to help resolve their disputes. Andrew’s litigation and administrative law practice has included complex municipal and construction liability matters, professional liability and discipline, and judicial and appellate review of public authority and commercial disputes.
Andrew has actively defended public authorities, including municipalities, and provincial authorities responsible for regulating and inspecting construction projects, where allegations of negligent planning permissions, design, supervision and contract administration are raised. Andrew has acted for lenders, owners, contractors, trades and their respective insurers in construction and real property disputes.
Andrew has written extensively and given many speeches to the legal profession and to governmental authorities and to the construction industry in the areas of civil liability for claims for negligent, malicious or bad faith government action, and particularly relating to civil fraud. Andrew remains active in the community outside of the law, primarily through pro bono work with volunteer organizations, and through part time teaching a course to the construction trades on Construction Law at the George Brown College School of Architectural Studies and Construction Management and Trades.
Andrew has been recognized as a leading practitioner of construction law since 2014.
Andrew Heal was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2017 in the practice area of construction law.