Andrew P. Smith
(304) 526-8084
Office: Huntington
J.D. Salmon P. Chase College of Law
B.A. Marshall University
Licensure: WV
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When clients choose outside counsel to protect their interests, they often seek lawyers who are proven winners. Andrew has demonstrated a continued record of excellence, having won multiple high-risk defense verdicts at jury trials, obtained summary judgment in medical malpractice, employment, and premises liability cases, and successfully resolved lawsuits of all types for his clients. And while he thrives on winning, he understands that “winning” does not mean the same thing for every client. Therefore, he is highly sensitive to working in partnership with his clients to find strategies that fit with their risk tolerance and business goals.

Andrew is often called upon to be the first line of defense when challenging legal issues arise, not only due to his legal acumen, but also based on his sensitivity to forming strong client relationships. He deeply understands that responsiveness, availability, listening, and communication are key components of being a highly effective counselor and attorney. 

Andrew applies his skills for clients in a variety of industries. He routinely defends businesses, manufacturers, nursing homes, doctors, real estate appraisers, and insurance companies, often with a focus on medical malpractice, labor and employment, premises liability, and personal injury.  

Work Experience

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2011-2012 Law Clerk, Dressman, Benzinger, LaVelle psc
2007-2010 Managing Editor, BlockShopper

Speaking Engagements

"The Hazards of Crossing the Line: How Out of State Employers May Lose Workers’ Compensation Immunity While Temporarily Working in West Virginia," Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Notebook of Articles, 2016

"The Quandaries Associated with Quantifying Cyber Liability Losses," Defense Research Institute (DRI) “Covered Events,” 2016 Issue 1

“Attorney/Client Privilege,” Legal Assistants & Paralegals of Southern West Virginia/National Association of Legal Assistants Meeting, January 2016

"Insuring Marijuana: Complications with Insuring an Industry Growing Like a Weed," First Look: Issues and Developments in Insurance Law, Summer Edition 2015

"Criminal Background Checks: Lingering Questions Remain," Business & Legal Resources West Virginia Employment Law Letter, Vol. 20, No. 9 March 2015

Co-author, "UM/UIM Coverage: A State-by-State Compendium Coverage: Ohio," Defense Research Institute, 2015 edition

"Understanding and Managing Obligations Under the ADA," Society for Human Resource Management Meeting, February 2013

Co-author, "Reporting and Returning Overpayments: Complications, Risks and Headaches Under PPACA," American Health Lawyers Association, Hospitals and Health Systems Rx., Volume 14, Issue 1, May 2012

Key Experience

Won defense verdict at jury trial in favor of emergency room physician in death of patient following discharge from emergency room
Successfully defended insured homeowner in jury trial alleging negligence by the homeowner leading to injuries to a third party
Obtained summary judgment in medical malpractice claim on behalf of health care client

Memberships & Awards

2019 West Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Star
Defense Research Institute
Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, Medical Liability Substantive Committee
Student Articles Editor, Northern Kentucky Law Review
Bloom-Bettman Award for highest cumulative GPA, 2011, 2012
Bell Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law, 2010
Graduated summa cum laude, Chase College of Law
Marshall University Magazine Writer of the Year, 2006
Marshall University Reporter of the Year, 2005