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.