Which of your cases makes you proudest of the result?
The cases and interlocutory disputes that make me most proud are the ones that I am able to resolve by means of thoughtful preparation and impactful writing. I have successfully resolved motions and entire matters shortly after serving an opposing party with effective letters, factums and mediation briefs. In any action, I believe that a lawyer has an opportunity to create profound savings for their clients through writing which is both concise and persuasive.
What do you think the most important factor is in resolving a file?
Establishing a theory to a case and reassessing the same when appropriate are integral to the resolution of a file. As an action evolves, pertinent information is discovered and must be critiqued by the lawyer so that he or she can adjust the case strategy and make proper recommendations to his or her clients. Careful planning and flexibility are key.
What’s the most valuable lesson that your professional experience has taught you?
The value of communication and collegiality cannot be understated. Clients and opposing counsel all appreciate the efforts that a lawyer takes to ensure timely and respectful communication throughout the life of a file. A simple telephone call can save hours of work and can otherwise help to resolve a dispute completely.
Andrez’ main interest is litigation. His practice is primarily concentrated in insurance defence litigation involving personal injury actions arising from occupier’s liability disputes and motor vehicle accidents. He has made appearances in the Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice and at the Landlord Tenant Board. Prior to joining Marta Watson LLP, Andrez worked at a well-respected insurance defence firm.
Andrez graduated cum laude from the Dual J.D. Program in 2018, receiving both a Canadian Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor and an American Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy. While completing law school, Andrez served as a caseworker at Community Legal Aid in Windsor and as a summer student at a renowned full-service firm in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In his spare time, Andrez enjoys spending time with friends and family, cycling, playing/watching sports and exploring Toronto’s exciting restaurant scene.