Andrew D. Elias

Andrew D. Elias

- Practice Group Leader -

“ My team and I take pride in helping clients through the difficult times in their lives, getting them the care they need, and fighting for the compensation they deserve. ”


Email: aelias@lerners.ca
Phone: 416-601-2656
Fax: 416-601-4195
225 King Street West, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON M5V 3M2

About Andrew

Andrew Elias is a partner at Lerners and the Practice Group Leader for the Personal Injury and Disability group in Toronto. He has spent his entire career representing seriously injured clients, families whose loved ones have died due to the negligence of others, and disabled clients who have had their short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) claims denied.  Andrew is based in Toronto and has clients across the province. He communicates with clients in English, French, and Spanish.

Andrew and his team have helped hundreds of families through some of the most challenging times of their lives. He has seen that the legal system and the insurance industry can fail to be there for families when they need them most, but that a trusted legal team can give clients confidence and help them feel like they’re in control again. Andrew believes in winning clients’ trust by getting to know them personally, listening to their priorities, and delivering results. He knows that this doesn’t just mean a fair result at the end of the case –  clients and their families need support in the meantime, including income support and funding for treatment.

Andrew is an experienced trial lawyer, but he knows that most clients would prefer to reach a fair settlement of their case rather than go to trial. He believes that the best way to secure fair compensation is to take a detailed approach to every situation and negotiate from a position of strength. He knows from experience that the justice system can be far too slow in delivering results. Andrew and his team prioritize moving cases forward quickly and efficiently to minimize delay and disruption to his clients’ lives.

Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Andrew loves being outdoors in almost all weather. The father of two little girls, he is out on the biking and hiking trails or out by a lake whenever he gets the chance. Andrew loves challenging travel and is an experienced scuba diver. He is a passionate but sadly untalented home cook.

Professional Experience

  • Practice Group Leader, Lerners Plaintiff Personal Injury Group, Toronto (2021 to present)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2016 to present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2009-2015)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (2008-2009)
  • Research Assistant, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2007-2008)
  • Volunteer, Downtown Legal Services, Toronto (2005-2006)


  • McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP Scholarship
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Prize
  • Lang Michener Prize in Property


“I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and I was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. My nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Andrew fought hard for my LTD. He went above and beyond and did everything he could do to ensure a great outcome. I am so grateful for your passion, dedication, and professionalism. I’ve hired lawyers before, but you are truly the best I’ve ever worked with. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Amy and Maria for their outstanding work as well. Thank you for answering all my silly questions and being available whenever I would call. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm or attorney. Thanks guys!!!” – Mel (long-term disability denial case)

“Andrew and his team are a very experienced and professional team. I felt like I was in great hands right from the start. They clearly outline how the process works, answer questions promptly and helped make a very stressful situation more palatable for me. I was thoroughly impressed with how they built my case over time and how well organized everything was. They really went out of their way to obtain all records without the need for me to get involved. Most impressive was that the case settled much sooner and for much more than I had first anticipated it would settle for. This is in large part due to Andrew’s great negotiation skills and experience. I would not hesitate using Andrew and his team for any LTD case. Thank you Andrew, Amy and the rest of the Lerners team for helping me through this challenging time.– David (long-term disability denial case)

At a time of significant physical and emotional crisis, thankfully Andrew Elias was recommended to me by my physician. From the first moment my husband and I met Andrew we knew we were in good and capable hands. Like many personal injury cases, mine took a few years to settle however Andrew and his team were always on top of my case and were very anticipatory and proactive when dealing with the opposing council. In the end Andrew’s strategic mind shone through and he achieved a net settlement for us that was higher than we had been expecting. Andrew believed in us and he fought extremely hard to ensure we were compensated in an appropriate manner.  I thank the entire team for all their hard work and dedication.” – Sherra & Harry Z. (car accident case)

“It was recommended to me by a friend that I choose Andrew Elias from Lerners to handle my motor vehicle accident claims. I am so very glad that I did. He fought with great dedication and care to get me the best possible and FAIR outcomes of my cases. He is very thorough and has a great personality! I would definitely recommend Andrew (Lerners) to anyone for representation. Thank you Andrew and staff!” – Laurie (car accident case)

“I was uneasy with what was happening with my insurance carrier; the dragged out, no-information process was daunting and exhausting. With family support and trusting my gut feeling, I called Lerners for guidance. At our first meeting, Andrew immediately took the stress of my disability claim away. He was forthright, honest and easy to talk to. He made a plan for us. Every step was thoroughly discussed and his teams communication style put both myself and my husband at ease. Experience was at work here and this made us confident that my initial call was the right thing to do. My legal team kept me up to date as the process took its natural flow and they even checked in to say hi. I know I made the right choice in selecting Andrew – the expected results were delivered and I know I can call on him or his team anytime for help. Or just to say hi. I recommend you reach out to Lerners / Andrew if your gut tells you something is not right with what your insurer has told you. Chances are you are right.” – Sandy (long-term disability denial case)

Andrew and his team are beyond amazing! This was a unique case and the process, timeframe, and expectation was very well explained. Questions and emails were always answered on time. I was always notified of meeting times, updates, and important information. Andrew was even able to help me after the settlement with any questions and inquiries that I had. I am so grateful to have worked with Andrew throughout the process. This is a professional and competent team who I will always recommend to family and friends.” – Andrei (wrongful death case)

I cannot say enough about Andrew Elias and his team at Lerners. Having them on my side during a very stressful time was invaluable. Andrew and his team were caring, professional, and highly responsive. My case was resolved quicker than expected and I am happy with the settlement. Thank you, Andrew, Amy, and the team at Lerners!” – Tim M. (long-term disability denial case)

“I want people know that Andrew, Maria and especially Amy treated me like a member of their family in the most stressful time of my life. Without your professionalism, hard work, honesty, respect and genuine care it would have been almost impossible for me and my family to get through the hardest period of our lives.” – A.M (long-term disability denial case)


  • Ontario Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Advocates’ Society


  • Called to the State Bar of California (2010)
  • Called to Ontario Bar (2009)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (2005-2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, McGill University (1999-2004)

Personal Information

  • In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading, traveling, rock climbing and scuba diving.
  • Andrew understands Spanish and French.
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