Andy counsels clients in the agribusiness, alcohol and beverage, manufacturing, biotechnology and hospitality industries. His clients range in size from publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies to private startups, entrepreneurs and other small businesses, including entrepreneurs and startups associated with the St. Louis Cortex Innovation Community.
As a member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation industry team, Andy’s litigation practice focuses primarily in the areas of intellectual property, product liability and other complex commercial disputes. He has represented manufacturers of consumer products, including firearms and ammunition, as well as food and beverage companies, distillers, rectifiers and brewers of various alcohol beverage products. As a result of representing clients in the alcohol and beverage industry, Andy has gained experience with the various alcohol beverage labelling regulations issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Andy regularly prosecutes and defends civil litigation in various federal and state courts. He has extensive litigation experience preparing pleadings and briefs, managing electronic and other discovery issues that arise, as well as drafting and arguing case-dispositive motions. Andy has also worked with expert witnesses from report preparation through deposition. He has deposed fact witnesses and treating doctors, defended fact witnesses and experts alike, and has otherwise submitted evidence by way of trial witness testimony and paper submissions.
As part of his intellectual property counselling and litigation practice, Andy seeks to help clients protect their various intellectual property assets. In that regard, he advises clients on branding questions as well as statutory and other regulatory issues that arise out of clients’ various business endeavors. His practice focuses significantly on defending and prosecuting claims of patent, trademark, service mark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and trademark dilution. In particular, Andy routinely works in matters pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), where he represents clients in disputes involving federal trademark and certification mark applications and registrations. Andy also helps clients protect their important business assets by prosecuting, securing and defending their existing or anticipated trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.
Throughout his career, Andy has also maintained an active pro bono practice. He counsels non-profits, entrepreneurs and start-up companies with branding and other intellectual property concerns. In this capacity he helps clients obtain federal rights in their various trade and service marks and original creative works they wish to register with the United States Copyright Office. Andy also has significant pro bono experience representing disabled individuals and other indigent clients seeking to be made whole as a result of constitutional and other federal statutory violations.