Andrew Fortis is a founding Partner of Hummingbird Lawyers and is responsible for our firm’s Real Estate and Business Law groups.
Andrew, after completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from York University, he obtained his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University’s Law School in 1999 and was called to the New York State Bar that same year. After completing his U.S. law degree and New York licence, he returned to Canada and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.
After spending some time on Bay Street, he started on his journey building and growing what is now Hummingbird Lawyers LLP.
Continuing his passion for real estate law, he obtained his Master of Laws, in real estate, from York University and was designated by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law in 2016. Andrew presently tutors for LSO Bar Admission Course (Real Estate), and sits as the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Real Property Executive. He is a regular speaker for the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association and has been recognized as an expert in real estate by the Superior Court of Justice.
Andrew’ practice consists of all things real estate, from assisting first-time buyers purchasing their first home, to complex title matters involving easements and adverse possession claims. He regularly acts on commercial transactions including the purchase, sale and refinancing of buildings, commercial leases and land assemblies.
When he is not working, Andrew can be found coaching his sons’ minor hockey teams and golfing.
Osgoode Hall Law School at York University (LL.M., 2011)
Michigan State University (J.D., 1999)
York University (B.A., 1996)
Member, Ontario Bar (2002)
Member, New York State Bar (1999)
Professional Associations / Distinctions
Recent Publications / Quotes
- Toronto Short-term Rentals Update
- Changes to B.C.’s Property Transfer Taxes
- The Little Black Book Of Easements
- Residential Tenancies Act 2006
- Buying Residential Condominium For Rental
- Sellers – Be Aware of the Closed Mortgage
- How To Avoid a Stressful Closing Day For Your Residential Real Estate Transactions
- Evergreen Building Ltd. v. IBI Leaseholds Ltd.
- The Mortgagor’s Equity of Redemption