Andrew W. McKenna Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2003 - Nunavut

Year of Call: 2002 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-783-8832

Fax: +1 613-788-3609

Email: andrew.mckenna@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa




Andrew W. McKenna

Andrew is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. Andrew’s practice focuses on the defence of health care professionals in regulatory proceedings and civil litigation matters.  In addition to having appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, he also regularly acts for health care professionals in discipline committee matters, hospital board proceedings, coroner’s inquests and various other administrative tribunals.  

Andrew is a regular contributor and speaker at continuing medical-legal education programs.  He is also a member of the Practice Advisory Group for the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal. 

Andrew was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.  Andrew is also a member of the Law Society of Nunavut, having been called to the Nunavut Bar in 2003.  He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the County of Carleton Law Association.

Andrew is actively involved in continuing legal education programs and in the student program at Gowling WLG.  He is a past instructor of trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and is a volunteer with Pro-Bono Law Ontario.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
       2010
      Regional Senior Justice Award, County of Carleton Law Association
  • 2008

    • Career
      February 2008
      Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Partner
  • 2003

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2003
      Year of Call, Nunavut
  • 2002

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2002
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2000

    • Education
       2000
      University of Windsor, LLB
  • 1996

    • Education
       1996
      University of Waterloo, BA Hons.
  • November 5, 2021, Speaker, “Understanding Physiotherapist Liability Risk,” Webinar, Canadian Physiotherapy Association Virtual Summit 2021
  • February 8, 2021, Keynote Speaker, “Effective Advocacy Before Discipline Committees,” Webinar, Ontario Bar Association
  • November 20, 2020, Panelist, “You are Not Alone- Navigating a College Complaint,” Webinar, Canadian Physiotherapy Association Virtual Summit 
  • April 6, 2020, Speaker, “Telehealth, Liability and Business Insurance Considerations,” Webinar for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
  • April 3, 2020, Speaker, “Telehealth, Liability and Business Insurance Considerations,” Webinar for the Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • March 27, 2020, Speaker, "COVID 19: Telehealth and Liability & Business Insurance Considerations," Webinar for the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • March 25, 2020, Speaker, "COVID 19: Coverage Questions and Legal Considerations," Webinar for the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association
  • March 24, 2020, Speaker, "Current State of COVID 19: Tele-Psychology and Business Interruption Insurance," Webinar for the Canadian Psychological Association and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists
  • March 23, 2020, Speaker, "Current State of COVID 19: Tele-Optometry and Business Interruption Insurance," Webinar for the Canadian Association of Optometrists
  • March 17, 2020, Speaker, "Current State of COVID 19: Tele-Rehabilitation and Business Interruption Insurance," Webinar for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • May 7, 2019, Speaker, "Risk and Liability in Physiotherapy Practice," Joint Meeting of College of Physiotherapists of PEI and PEI Physiotherapy Association, Charlottetown, PEI
  • November 22, 2018, Panelist, "Health Law and Risk Management Seminar," Borden Ladner Gervais, Ottawa, Ontario
  • November 3, 2018, Speaker "Top Legal and Liability Risks Facing Physiotherapists Today," Canadian Physiotherapy Association's National Congress, Montreal, Quebec
  • October 4, 2018, Panelist "Advancing and Defending Future Care Costs Claims," OBA Health Law & Insurance Law Program, Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 5, 2018, Presentation on Jurisprudence, Annual General Meeting of the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick, Moncton, New Brunswick
  • December 15, 2017, Panelist, "Social Media and E-Services for Social Workers," Webinar, Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • November 18, 2017, "Getting your Act Together: Exhibits and Trial Records," 37th Annual CCLA Civil Litigation Updated, Mt. Tremblant, Quebec
  • May 24, 2017, Speaker, HIROC-CMPA Joint Legal Education Session, Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto, Ontario
  • April 30, 2017, "Top Legal and Liability Issues facing MRTs," 2017 Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists Annual General Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
  • March 28, 2017, Panelist, Practice Risk and Liability for Social Workers, Webinar, Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • November 18, 2016, Presentation on Professional Liability to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Ottawa, Ontario
  • September 8, 2016, Panelist, "Risk and Liability Exposures for MRTs," Webinar, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • June 3, 2016, Speaker "Electronic Medical Records: Pitfalls to Avoid," Canadian Medical Protective Association, Symposium, Ottawa, Ontario
  • June 4, 2015, Information session on Practice Risk and Liability, Canadian Psychological Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
  • November 18, 2014, Panelist, "Telepsychology: The Canadian/Ontario Context," Webinar, Canadian Psychological Association
  • May 30, 2014, Speaker, "Prevent and Protect: Advice and tips on minimizing risks in your practice," 2014 Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists Annual General Conference, Edmonton, Alberta
  • May 15, 2014, Speaker, "Prevent and Protect: Advice and tips on minimizing risks in your practice," Manitoba Physiotherapists Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • February 25, 2014, Panelist, "Practice Risk and Liability," Webinar, Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
  • May 24, 2013, Panelist, "Risk Management & the Future of Practice Insurance," Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress, Montreal, Quebec