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    Biography

    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.  

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    West Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Star – 2019, 2020
    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

    Key Experience

    Obtained summary judgment in medical malpractice claim on behalf of health care client
    Won multiple summary judgment motions on behalf of employment clients
    Successfully defended numerous personal injury and premises liability actions in West Virginia

    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