Andrew Penhale

Lawyer, Partner and CEO

Language

English, French

Office

Montréal

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Andrew Penhale is a partner and CEO of the firm. In addition to managing the firm, especially the team of professionals, he is in charge of implementing our strategy, preserving our standards and presence on the Quebec market and supporting our initiatives with national and international clients.

Recognized by his peers for his leadership, his capacity to foster unity and his acute business acumen, Andrew has extensive knowledge of legal mechanisms, having been a litigator with our Insurance Law Group for several years. His practice was then focused on malpractice cases involving advocates and notaries, but also included cases reflecting the variety of insurance cases.

Andrew left the firm for five years, to head the Claims Department of the Professional Liability Insurance Fund of the Barreau du Québec. Cases handled by the Fund under his direction have contributed to shaping the responsibility of professionals in Quebec as we know it today.

Back with the firm, drawing from his experience with the management of the Fund’s team of professionals as well as his business administration education, Andrew became our Chief Executive Officer in 2020.


Honours

Listed in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada under Professional Malpractice Law



Associations

Quebec Bar Foundation: Governor



Published papers

Our Approach to COVID-19

16 March 2020

At RSS, protecting the health and safety of our employees and their families, of our business partners and of our customers is our highest priority, which is why we constantly monitor the information and recommendations made by our governments and the World Health Organization. Accordingly, we have put in place a business continuity plan to […]


Publications and Conferences

As the firm’s CEO, Andrew encourages continuing education within the firm. For instance, he has led workshops on Legal Project Management.

While he was with the Fund, Andrew gave numerous presentations before groups of lawyers, on topics such as:

  • The relationship between lawyers and insurers: Client expectations and medium-term tendencies, 2016
  • Professional liability: Adapting to change, 2016
  • A lawyer’s challenge: Dealing with difficult people, September 2016
  • Securing the future of your practice: A major challenge, 2015
  • Cybercrime: Beware of the vultures, 2015
  • Averting errors: A responsible practice, 2012
  • Living and doing business abroad, July 2012
  • Different jurisdictions, different rules, but the same liabilities, June 2012
  • Protecting the in-house counsel, June 2012


Education

Enjeux et défis de la « gouvernance créatrice de valeurs® »

École des dirigeants HEC Montréal

2016

Certification in Leadership and Management

Institut de leadership en gestion

2014

Bachelor of Laws

University of Sherbrooke

1996

Bachelor of Business Administration, major in accounting

Bishop’s University

1993


Call to Bar

Quebec

1998