Andrew Sudano, Associate

Andrew was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2012 after completing an LL.B. at the University of New Brunswick. Prior to attending law school, Andrew graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English and History at the University of Toronto (high distinction).

Andrew was counsel for Joshua Coates, the child in the groundbreaking case of Coates v. Watson that eventually changed the law in Ontario as it relates to child support for adult children with disabilities. Andrew was part of the legal dream team that successfully argued that section 31 of the Family Law Act, as it was then drafted, was unconstitutional. Andrew proudly keeps a picture of Joshua and the dream team that challenged s. 31 of the Family Law Act on March 24, 2017 in his office.

Andrew enjoys finding creative solutions for his clients and strives to provide them with the best legal services possible. To him that means finding out what his individual clients’ needs are, tailoring a strategy to suit those needs, and striving to resolve the clients’ issues most often in an outside the box, but cost-effective manner.

Andrew also lends his time to a number of organizations including the Ontario Bar Association, the University of Toronto Scarborough Alumni Association, Self-Rep Navigators, JusticeNet, Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project and the First Generation Network.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys Latin dancing, gaming, watching sports, escape rooms and karaoke.

Notable Cases

Hyman v. Wright, 2018 ONCJ 655
Ainslie v. O’Neill, 2018 ONCA 858
Coates v. Watson, 2017 ONCJ 454
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto v. S.B., 2014 ONCJ 518
Vivian v. Courtney, 2012 ONSC 6585
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto v. M.T., 2012 ONCJ 786

Recent Articles and Papers

Wait I Thought This Was Only For The Associate! Seizing the Opportunity to Enhancing Your Practice with the Practice Management Review Program, February 6, 2019
– Ontario Bar Association 2019 Institute, Sole and Small Practice Section Program

Tips and Tricks to Networking, December 5, 2018
– Ontario Bar Association Website

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure: The Six Most Common Mistakes When Drafting Financial Statement And How to Avoid Them, November 29, 2018
– Law Society of Ontario, 6 Minute Family Law Lawyer and republished in the Money & Family Law Newsletter

And Justice For All: Considerations Regarding Enforcing Costs Orders, April 20, 2018
– Ontario Bar Association, Family Law Motions

My First Charter Case, October 17, 2016
– Ontario Bar Association Website

Good Morning… This Is Your Post Valentine’s Day Wake Up Call – A Look At Common Trends in Common Law Relationships, February 23, 2016
– Ontario Bar Association Website

Diamonds Are Forever…Not Really, March 11, 2015
– Ontario Bar Association Website

Recognition

  • Awarded Philip Holland Prize for highest standing in Criminal Procedure
  • 2010 – 2011 Dean’s List at the University of New Brunswick

Memberships

  • 2013 to 2014 OBA – Young Lawyer’s Division Member at Large
  • 2014 to 2015 University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Alumni Association – Board Member
  • 2014 to 2015 OBA – Young Lawyer’s Division Public Affairs Liaison
  • 2014 to 2015 Family Lawyers Association Board Member
  • 2015 to 2016 OBA – Young Lawyer’s Division Vice-Chair
  • 2014 to 2017 Taught the Mandatory Information Program at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket
  • 2014 to 2018 OBA – Family Section Member at Large
  • 2015 to 2018 University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Alumni Association – Director of Alumni Engagement
  • 2016 to 2018 OBA – Young Lawyer’s Division Co-Chair
  • 2016 to 2018 OBA Board of Directors Member
  • February 2017 Chair of OBA YLD Institute Panel “Finding Your Work Life Balance”
  • 2017 to 2018 Volunteer at Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic
  • 2017 to 2018 Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers Forum Member at Large
  • February 2018 Chair of OBA YLD Institute Panel “How to Thrive as a Young Lawyer in Today’s Market”
  • October 2018 Speaker at OBA “Family Law Motions” CPD
  • 2016 to Present OBA Council Member
  • 2017 to Present Self-Rep Navigators Member
  • 2018 to Present OBA – Young Lawyer’s Division Past Chair
  • 2018 to Present University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Alumni Association Mentor in Mentorship Program
  • 2019 to Present First Generation Mentorship Program Mentor

Publications

  • Honour (and Support) Thy Mother and Father: An Examination of “Parent Support”
    If you did not already know, a parent’s obligation to financially support their child is not a one-way responsibility. As the baby- boomer generation approaches retirement, what does the law say about our legal responsibilities to support our elders (in addition, of course, to our moral ones). In this article, Andrew Sudano discusses the law surrounding this reciprocal support obligation.
    —Andrew Sudano, Ontario Bar Association website, September 30, 2014
  • 18 Years!?! 18 Years?!? Revisiting Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and the Law on Child Support
    Despite Kanye West’s assertion that “18 years” is the de facto end of childhood, the law regarding child support under the Divorce Act and Federal Child Support Guidelines indicates that a parent’s obligation to support their child may extend beyond the age of 18. In this article, Andrew Sudano discusses ongoing child support obligations in cases involving an older “child of the marriage”.
    —Andrew Sudano, Ontario Bar Association website, April 29, 2014
  • The Selfie Strikes BACK – Social Networking and Family Law
    2013 is officially the year of the “selfie”: from the biggest celebrities to our closest friends, some people choose to instantly update their social media accounts to let the world know exactly what they are up to. But could these actions have legal repercussions for those engaged in family law litigation?
    —Andrew Sudano, Ontario Bar Association website, March 11, 2014
  • No Easy Way Out – Early Retirement and Its Effects on Spousal Support Obligations
    —Fourth Annual Bread and Butter Issues in Family Law, Ontario Bar Association Professional Development. September 27, 2013