Andrew’s practice focuses on complex litigation, including contract disputes, commercial lending, property rights related to coal and natural gas, and other general business litigation. Andrew is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), which gives him a deep understanding of accounting practices and financial transactions, and a lawyer with actual trial experience, which allows him to provide the firm’s business clients with comprehensive representation and support when commercial disputes end up in the courtroom. 

  

Andrew joined the firm after working at Bowles Rice, LLP. In addition to private practice, Andrew served as counsel to the West Virginia State Senate and the Senate's Committee on the Judiciary during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. As counsel, Andrew was charged with drafting legislation, meeting with stakeholders, presenting legislation to the Judiciary Committee, and providing advice and counsel to members of the Senate.

  

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Andrew earned a degree in accounting from West Virginia University and his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was awarded both Best Oralist and Best Brief in the Baker Cup Moot Court competition. Prior to law school, Andrew spent summers working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and in the coal mines of Pratt, West Virginia, where he operated heavy equipment and was part of the blasting crew.

  

Representative Matters

  • Successfully tried case on behalf of banking client accused of fraud and predatory lending – the client was awarded judgment after having secured a jury verdict on all counts.

  • Defended receiver of defunct coal conglomerate in federal lawsuit alleging, among other things, fraud and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) – secured dismissal as a matter of law.

  • Prosecuted banking client’s breach of contract and tortious interference claims against national pipeline group that subverted funds due to the client under a complex third-party financing arrangement – secured multimillion-dollar settlement in favor of client.

  • Defended national mortgage servicer in federal lawsuit alleging various unconscionable practices and violations of federal servicing standards – secured judgment for client on all counts.

  • Prosecuted coal company client’s claims for breach of lease agreements, resulting in multimillion-dollar settlement to client.

  

Professional Background

  • Associate, Bowles Rice LLP

  • Counsel, West Virginia State Senate (2017 & 2018 Legislative Sessions)

  

Admissions

  • West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of West Virginia

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