Kurtis R. Andrews is an Eastern Ontario based lawyer who serves the legal needs of farmers and rural residents from across Ontario. Kurtis is also a regular legal columnist for the Ontario Farmer.
Coming from a farm, with work in the trades and three degrees, Kurtis brings firsthand agriculture experience to his practice, which includes:
- rural issue, agriculture, animal welfare and constitutional law;
- defence work involving laws enforced by federal, provincial and municipal bodies, such as the OSPCA, MOE, MNR, Environment Canada, CFIA and by-law officials;
- civil litigation, including claims for negligence, defamation, trespass, and Charter violations;
- issues related to animal-rights activist activities;
- representation at various provincial and federal board /tribunal hearings;
- Statutory analysis /counsel re: laws and proposed laws /bills that affect or may affect agriculture; and
- intellectual property law, including seed-patent and plant breeders rights infringement defence work.
As of March 1, 2019, Kurtis was appointed Vice-chair of Ontario’s Normal Farm Practices Protection Board. As a result, Kurtis cannot represent parties as it relates to that board or the Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal.