Andrew (Andy) Crowder

Attorney

Phone: 612-343-3206
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BACKGROUND

Andy Crowder focuses his national practice on product liability and commercial litigation, including defending international manufacturers against claims of all types in state and federal court, complex arbitrations, and on appeal. Mr. Crowder’s experience includes claims involving manufacturers of aviation, automotive, industrial, high-tech, food, oil and gas, and consumer products.

Prior to joining Blackwell Burke P.A., Mr. Crowder represented some of the largest healthcare insurance companies in the United States, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in disputes across the country. Mr. Crowder also worked for a preeminent law firm in Seattle, representing product manufacturers in state and federal court and in high-stakes arbitrations. Prior to law school, Mr. Crowder was an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in Chicago, and he maintains an active pro bono practice focused on at-risk youth.

Mr. Crowder is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Courts of Minnesota, Illinois, and Washington; numerous federal district courts; and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ludington of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

When he is not zealously representing clients, Mr. Crowder enjoys playing ping pong and chess, painting landscapes, and reading novels.

EDUCATION

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 2012), cum laude
  • Member of 2011 TYLA National Championship mock trial team (voted best advocate in 2011 Tournament of Champions)
  • Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy
  • Hope College (B.A. 2007), cum laude; Academic All-Conference (Football)

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

  • Third-Party Litigation Funding—Apparently here to stay, but what about Minnesota?  Hennepin County Bar Association (Oct. 16, 2018, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Global E-Discovery Challenges: Navigating the risks presented by multi-language data.  Webinar (Mar. 28, 2017, Seattle, WA)

PUBLICATIONS

  • Litigation Nightmares: How to Tame Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation, ACC Docket (May 2020)
  • 7 Strategies to an MDL Victory, ACCDocket.com (April 2020)
  • Using data to assess past and plan future, Minnesota Lawyer Vol. 92 No. 69 (Jan. 21, 2019)
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Minnesota Lawyer Vol. 92 No. 59 (Dec. 17, 2018)
  • Good references are simply not enough, Minnesota Lawyer Vol. 92 (Aug. 21, 2018)
  • What you need to know about 3-D printing and product liability, Industry Week (Apr. 19, 2017)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • AAA Arbitration between airplane manufacturer and supplier – Secured $57 million award for airplane manufacturer with claims against a supplier in arbitration proceeding, culminating in a two-week witness hearing. The tribunal agreed with Mr. Crowder’s interpretation of the parties’ disputed contract terms.
  • Halford, et al. v. Rolls-Royce Corp., et al. – Secured dismissal of claims on behalf of helicopter manufacturer in wrongful death suit.
  • WSDOT, et al. v. Seattle Tunnel Partners, et al. – Part of team that resolved claims against Japanese tunnel boring machine manufacturer in $1 billion dispute arising from the SR99 Tunnel Project in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Crowder participated in dozens of depositions and drafted numerous successful motions to drive the advantageous resolution.

REPRESENTATIVE APPEALS

  • Shefa v. Barr – Secured Eighth Circuit reversal of Immigration Judge’s and Board of Immigration Appeals’ decisions for pro bono client. Prior to decision, obtained emergency stay of removal upon showing of strong likelihood of success on the merits.
  • Wisdom v. Gugino– Recognized for “excellent” advocacy by the Ninth Circuit for representation during bankruptcy appeal. See Wisdom v. Gugino, 649 F. App’x 583 (9th Cir. 2016).

 

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