Andrew M. Hutchison

Member

San Francisco

(415) 593-9625

(415) 692-3514

Andy is a veteran litigator with a broad litigation practice. He handles individual and class actions; appears in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels; and resolves disputes through mediation and arbitration. Andy has led cases before a large percentage of California’s federal bench.

His litigation practice is notably — purposefully — diverse, despite the legal trend toward silos and narrow niches. Andy’s varied docket includes leading commercial, employment, class action, professional liability, intellectual property, life sciences and medical device litigation, and other complex litigation, the combination of which enhances both his skill set and client relationships.

Andy handles complex commercial and business tort litigation involving allegations ranging from breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty to defamation and fraud. He defends and prosecutes D&O liability claims and he leads management-side employment litigation, including lawsuits over restrictive covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, and compensation.

Andy’s class actions practice is equally comprehensive. He defends consumer protection and privacy class actions, including those brought under unfair competition, false advertising, and fair labeling statutes, as well as shareholder derivative actions and environmental contamination and remediation class actions. Andy has successfully achieved early and decisive exits for clients in California courts through aggressive motions practice and denial of class certification.

In his professional liability defense practice, Andy represents manufacturers, contractors, architects, engineers, and other design professionals in litigation and corporate counselling. He brings to bear sophisticated understanding of risk management, indemnity obligations, insurance coverage, fee statutes, corporate structure, and licensing.

He likewise offers clients experienced intellectual property counsel. Andy has litigated numerous high-stakes IP cases, including claims of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade dress infringement.

Andy earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University and his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law.

 

Experience

Successfully moved to dismiss a putative class action against our airline client facing breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and a variety of other claims stemming from alleged false advertising regarding its enhanced economy class. In dismissing the complaint, which carried potential exposure of millions of dollars, the court accepted our arguments that the claims were time-barred and/or preempted. Before moving to dismiss, we successfully sought an order staying discovery in the case.

 

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with honors, 2004
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 2001
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of San Francisco