Andrew M. Hutchison concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation, professional liability, construction litigation and insurance coverage counseling and litigation.
He has represented business entities and individuals in complex commercial and business tort litigation involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional interference with contract and prospective economic advantage, corporate, limited liability company and partnership dissolutions and disputes, defamation, unfair competition, false advertising, conversion, fraud, conspiracy, professional liability, products liability, statutory violations, patent infringement, copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, shareholder derivative actions, and TCPA claims.
He has represented business entities and individuals in employment matters involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, and wage, salary, and commissions disputes. He has successfully defended companies in putative class actions.
Andy has defended and prosecuted claims involving director’s and officer’s liability. His defense work includes defending directors, officers, and corporations in lawsuits brought by former officers and shareholders for wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, and business torts such as intentional inference with contractual relations and prospective economic advantage.
His prosecution work includes representing a corporation in an action against former officers for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty and representing a former director, chairman of the board, and CEO in a lawsuit against the other directors and officers for breach of fiduciary duty arising from his wrongful ouster from the company.
Andy regularly represents manufacturers, contractors, architects, landscape architects, engineers, consultants, and other design professionals in litigated matters and provides general corporate counseling on issues including risk management, contract drafting and negotiation, contractual defense and indemnity obligations, insurance procurement and coverage, fee disputes, mechanic’s liens, and corporate structure, registration, licensing, and statutory compliance. Andy also represents insurance brokers in professional liability actions related to the procurement of insurance.
Andy has represented primary and excess insurers in lawsuits involving first-party and third-party insurance coverage, bad faith, and unfair business practices under insurance policies including commercial general liability, professional liability, technology and information E&O liability, and managed care organization liability coverage.
Andy has litigated cases in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate court levels and through alternative dispute resolution. Andy earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 2001 and his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004.
- Obtained summary judgment for design consultant in lawsuit filed by employee of building owner who sustained injuries while working on the construction site. We successfully defended summary judgment on appeal.
- Successfully defended large engineering and construction management firm in multiple wrongful death lawsuits arising from separate accidents that occurred during a large highway and bridge deck reconstruction project. Both lawsuits settled before trial.
- Obtained summary judgment for large engineering firm in two related wrongful death lawsuits in which plaintiffs alleged that our client negligently designed the interstate and toll plaza area where the accident occurred. After successfully defending summary judgment on appeal in one lawsuit, the other lawsuit settled while on appeal.
- Successfully defended insurance brokerage firm in professional liability lawsuit related to Superstorm Sandy. Plaintiffs were owners of over 100 medical imaging centers seeking to recover uninsured business interruption losses sustained in five states. The case settled shortly before trial after establishing through depositions and pre-trial motions that Plaintiffs’ theory of liability was illogical and their claims for damages were highly speculative.
- University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with honors, 2004
- Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, 2001
BAR ADMISSIONS : Arizona; California; Illinois
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court — Central District of California
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court — Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court — Northern District of Illinois
- Arizona Supreme Court
- California Supreme Court
- Illinois Supreme Court
- American Bar Association
- The Bar Association of San Francisco
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