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Overview

Andrew aggressively defends clients in matters involving toxic tort, product liability, premises liability and personal injury.

Andrew’s in-depth knowledge of toxic tort laws and how they apply at the state and federal levels has helped clients avoid large potential jury verdicts, resulting in significant savings. Representing clients in the manufacturing, supply and industrial sectors, he concentrates his practice on cases alleging exposure to asbestos, benzene and other toxic chemicals.

He handles cases from inception through trial, including developing defense strategies, managing discovery and fact investigation, deposing fact and expert witnesses, and preparing cases for trial. Andrew has uncovered little-known state statutes that helped clients in their defense against claims of product liability or personal injury. For example, he found a unique state law that required the plaintiff to meet stringent standards before filing a mesothelioma claim in a federal court case. This discovery diminished the value of the case and prompted the plaintiff to settle his claim at a much reduced amount.

Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Andrew worked at a large litigation firm in St. Louis.


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Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St Louis
    • cum laude
    • Washington University Global Studies Law Review
    • Honor's Scholar Award
    • Dean's Service Award for Pro Bono Service
  • B.S.B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
    • Marketing
    • magna cum laude
    • Target Case Award Winner

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Experience
  • Represented Fortune 100 corporation in federal court where unique state law on requirements for pleading asbestos cases in the proper forum resulted in diminished case value and settlement in mesothelioma claim.
  • Obtained dismissal for premises client based on workers' compensation exclusivity provision where plaintiff was prohibited from filing claim against our client in Circuit Court and was required to go through state workers' compensation system, thereby avoiding settlement or trial with plaintiff.
  • Secured dismissal for small manufacturing company in trio of cases wherein client never manufactured products used in premises involved in the cases, and ensured that client would not be sued in upcoming cases involving premises site.
  • Represented heavy equipment manufacturer and hardware store that supplied asbestos-containing materials in asbestos cases in Missouri and Illinois, resulting in many favorable outcomes prior to trial.
Outside the Office

Andrew is an avid fan of the Cardinals, Blues and Mizzou. He enjoys spending time with his family and going to country music concerts with his fiancée.