J. Andrew Sprague is a member of Baker McKenzie's Intellectual Property, Technology and Communications (IPTech) Law Practice Group in Toronto, and the Global Information Technology / Communications (IT/C) Practice Group, which is top ranked by Chambers and Partners in the areas of data protection, outsourcing, and technology and communications.
Andrew is the Secretary of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)'s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights (CCLHR) Law Section. He has served as past chair of the Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group (TCLG), inaugural chair of the Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH)'s Public Affairs Forum, as well as public affairs liaison for the OBA's Privacy and Access to Information Law Section, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law Section, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section and Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Section.
Andrew is the handler of a certified service dog, and is an ambassador for National Service Dogs (NSD), a registered Canadian charitable organization. He served as a special advisor to NSD's board of directors and as NSD's corporate secretary.
Andrew's law practice focuses on global data protection and privacy, information technology (IT), cyber-law, electronic commerce, telecommunications, consumer protection, anti-spam, advertising, marketing, competition and other regulatory matters.
- Recognized in Information Tehnology (IT), Lawyer of the Year (Canada), Lawyer Monthly 2018
- Award for Academic Excellence, Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), 2003
- Charles J. Clark Q.C. Scholarship in Law for academic excellence and demonstrated involvement in community and volunteer activities
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Technology Law Association (formerly the Canadian IT Law Association)
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
- Ontario Bar Association
- Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group (TCLG)
- Ontario~Canada (2004)
- University of Windsor (LL.B.) (2003)
- Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A. Honors) (2000)
Regular contributor, b:Inform, a digital magazine hosted by Baker McKenzie designed for privacy and technology professionals
Periodic contributor, Canadian Privacy Law Review, LexisNexis
Regular contributor, Information & Technology Law Newsletter, Carswell
Primary drafter, "Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)," Business Laws of Canada, West, 2014 – 2015
Co-author, "E-Commerce," Business Laws of Canada, West, 2009 – 2015