Robin has seen the justice system from all sides, as a prosecutor and defence counsel, an advocate for victims and witnesses, and as an investigator and decision maker. For over 25 years, she has argued countless trials and appeals across Ontario, Iqaluit, and the Northwest Territories. She works in and with Indigenous communities and brings a trauma-informed approach to all aspects of her law practice.
Robin started her career as a federal prosecutor in 1996. In that role, she appeared in every level of court, arguing criminal and constitutional issues. She developed an expertise in international criminal law, including extradition, mutual legal assistance, and war crimes. She advised the Prime Minister’s office and was involved in sensitive diplomatic efforts. During her time with government, she was given an Award of Merit for her service.
After leaving public service in 2013, Robin has been involved in every type of criminal and quasi-criminal proceeding, including murder, wiretap and organized crime cases with domestic and internationally gathered evidence, complex fraud and regulatory cases. She was appointed by the Federal Court to assist with the security certificate litigation, and has also been appointed as amicus curiae. She is trusted by her colleagues when they are in difficulty, defending Law Society and Law Pro cases. She represents witnesses and has mediated allegations of wrongdoing as an alternative to the criminal justice system.
As a workplace investigator, Robin works with employers and educational institutions to investigate allegations of sexual assault, harassment, and human rights complaints. She brings a detail oriented and solutions focused approach to her work. She is committed to empowering her clients, and creative problem solving.
Robin is a dedicated lifelong learner. She was called to the Bar in 1996, after completing her law degree at Dalhousie. In 2008 she received an award of Distinction from Oxford University when she completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law. She is continuing her legal studies at the University of Toronto Workplace Investigations Program, and in the Conflict Management Certificate Program at Conrad Grebel University College, at the University of Waterloo.
A sought-after legal educator, Robin is a regular speaker for the Law Society, the Advocate’s Society and the National Judicial Institute. She was an instructor in the LLM Program at Osgoode, a trial advocacy instructor in the undergraduate law program, and team leader in the annual Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop. She is a former Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association, and presently serves on their Ethics and Indigenous Law Committees. She is actively involved with a number of community groups to advocate for incorporating restorative justice processes into the legal system.
Robin is a member of the Law Societies of Ontario and the Northwest Territories. She has published writing on restorative justice, law practice in Indigenous communities and on Aboriginal rights.
Robin in the media
Globe and Mail: Sex-assault victim appeals conviction for breaking publication ban on her identity
CBC News: Judge overturns conviction of Ontario sexual assault victim who broke publication ban on her own name
The Toronto Star: Judge overturns $2,000 fine on Ontario sex assault victim for breaching publication ban on her own identity
Women Leading in Law
The Toronto Star: Toronto principal who was charged with assaulting 9-year-old student in 2018 has been acquitted
Ontario Bar Association: Outlining a Sexual Assault Diversion Program
Globe and Mail: From ‘appropriation prize’ controversy, a new Indigenous writing award is born
Globe and Mail: First Nations chief calls prisoner’s treatment in solitary ‘inhumane’
CBC News: Raymond Cormier denies killing Tina Fontaine, admits to giving her drugs
CBC: Extradition law mogul weighs in on Ambassador McCallum’s controversial comments amid a Canada-China diplomatic dispute
CBC: After Harvey Weinstein, is Hollywood really set to change?
CBC: Making her Case
The Record: Lawyer ‘making strange faces’ causes mistrial in murder case
Megan Andrews is a strong advocate with a knack for analytical thinking. She prides herself on providing thorough and thoughtful representation for all her clients from the moment the arrest call comes in.
After beginning her practice at a high volume criminal defence firm in Toronto, Megan joined Paradigm in May 2017. She has successfully represented clients on charges including drug trafficking, robbery, and domestic assault.
Megan graduated with Distinction from Queen’s University in 2010 and earned her J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2014. A firm believer in access to justice, Megan spent her first year summer working with immigration and refugee lawyers at a speciality Legal Aid Ontario clinic in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, and began building her trial skills as a full-time student case worker at U of T’s Downtown Legal Services.
Megan speaks Spanish and welcomes clients from across the Greater Toronto Area.