Andrew M. Fortis

andrew fortis, real estate lawyer

Andrew leads Hummingbird Lawyers Real Estate and Corporate / Commercial practice.

Andrew is Hummingbird’s go-to guru for commercial and residential real estate transactions, offering over 15 years experience, a Master’s degree in Real Estate Law, and one of a select few lawyers Certified as a Specialist in Real Estate Law. He acts for vendors, purchasers and lenders on acquisitions, financing, and disposition matters. He also represents landlords and tenants to negotiate leases and enforce rights and remedies, including title disputes and matters involving deficient title.

Andrew’s practice covers deals large and small, from residential purchase agreements to capital and asset acquisitions to complex financing.

Andrew’s corporate practice includes incorporations, mergers, shareholders agreement, bulk sales and other commercial agreements.


Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (LL.M., 2011)
Michigan State University (J.D., 1999)
York University (B.A., 1996)

Bar Admissions

Member, Ontario Bar (2002)
Member, New York State Bar (1999)

Professional Associations / Distinctions

Member, Law Society of Ontario
Member, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Sitting Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association – Real Property
Member-At-Large, Ontario Bar Association – Corporate Law
Certified Specialist – Real Estate Law

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law
Business and Corporate Services

Recent Publications / Quotes

Presumed equal shared parenting would make family law fairer to fathers
Real estate investment comes with responsibilities
No fluidity in contracts
Failure to close property deal costs buyer entire deposit

If size matters, say so

No obligation to mitigate losses for stiffed commercial landlords
Avoiding catastrophe in commercial real estate – Part Three: Refinancing
Avoiding catastrophe in commercial real estate – Part Two: Selling
Avoiding catastrophe in commercial real estate – Part One: Purchasing
The importance of being prudent in housing deals
Time a stumbling block in tech revolution
Contracts a must when helping out with kids’ mortgages
Understanding additional rent and operating costs
Check zoning bylaws before signing commercial lease
Commercial leases are contracts that should be negotiated
Landlords should ask questions in light of pot shop crackdown, raids
Province’s plan to regulate home inspectors ‘great news’

Industry must sanction agents who act against clients’ best interests
Gifts or Loans Going Towards a Down Payment
Interpreting Title Insurance Policies
Proceed without a survey at your own risk
Including chattels in contract key for home buyers
November 30th, 2013 is the deadline for Teranet account renewal


Phone: 905.731.1911 x205


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