Andrew M. Hutchison concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, professional liability, construction litigation, and products liability. He has represented business entities and individuals in complex commercial and business tort litigation involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional interference with contract and prospective economic advantage, corporate, limited liability company and partnership dissolutions and disputes, defamation, unfair competition, false advertising, conversion, fraud, conspiracy, statutory violations, shareholder derivative actions, and TCPA claims. He has represented business entities and individuals in employment matters involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, ERISA claims, and wage, salary, and commissions disputes. He has successfully defended companies in putative class actions.
Andy represents businesses in various types of intellectual property disputes. He has successfully defended companies in claims involving patent infringement. He has also successfully defended companies in cases involving copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, trademark infringement, and false advertising claims under the Lanham Act and California's Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law. Andy also represents companies in putative class actions involving violations of California's Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Consumer Legal Remedies Act based on labeling and branding of products.
Andy has defended and prosecuted claims involving director’s and officer’s liability. His defense work includes defending directors, officers, and corporations in lawsuits brought by former officers and shareholders for wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, and business torts such as intentional inference with contractual relations and prospective economic advantage. His prosecution work includes representing a corporation in an action against former officers for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty and representing a former director, chairman of the board, and CEO in a lawsuit against the other directors and officers for breach of fiduciary duty arising from his wrongful ouster from the company.
Andy regularly represents manufacturers, contractors, architects, landscape architects, engineers, consultants, and other design professionals in litigated matters and provides general corporate counseling on issues including risk management, contract drafting and negotiation, contractual defense and indemnity obligations, insurance procurement and coverage, fee disputes, mechanic's liens, and corporate structure, registration, licensing, and statutory compliance. Andy also represents insurance brokers in professional liability actions related to the procurement of insurance.
Andy has represented primary and excess insurers in lawsuits involving first-party and third-party insurance coverage, bad faith, and unfair business practices under insurance policies including commercial general liability, professional liability, technology and information E&O liability, and managed care organization liability coverage.
Andy has litigated cases in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate court levels and through alternative dispute resolution.
Andy earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 2001 and his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004.