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. Andy’s experience includes claims involving manufacturers of aviation, automotive, industrial, high-tech, food, oil and gas, and consumer products. Andy also provides his clients counseling on contracts and understanding and managing product liability risk.
Prior to joining Blackwell Burke P.A., Andy represented some of the largest healthcare insurance companies in the United States, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in disputes across the Country. Andy 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, Andy was an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in Chicago, and he maintains an active pro bono practice focused on at-risk youth.
Andy 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.
- 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
- Third-Party Litigation Funding—Apparently here to stay, but what about Minnesota? Hennepin County Bar Association (Oct. 16, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN)
- Global E-Discovery Challenges: Navigating the risks presented by multi-language data. Webinar (Mar. 28, 2017 in Seattle, WA)
- 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)
- Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. v. Wilbur Ellis, et al. – Represents pet food manufacturer with claims against supplier of ingredients arising from fraudulent mislabeling scheme.
- Schmidt, et al. v. Conagra Foods, Inc.—Represents cooking spray manufacturer against claims involving personal injury and property loss.
- EMCASCO, et al. v. CWK Technology, Inc., et al.—Represents Amazon against claims involving goods purchased from third-party sellers on open marketplace.
- Shefa v. Barr—Lead counsel representing pro bono noncitizen in Eighth Circuit proceedings. Obtained emergency stay of removal upon showing of strong likelihood of success on the merits. See Judicial Order, Case No. 19-1496 (June 13, 2019).
- AAA Arbitration between airplane manufacturer and supplier—Represented airplane manufacturer with claims against a supplier in arbitration proceeding, culminating in a two-week witness hearing. The tribunal awarded Andy’s client $57 million and found in the client’s favor on contract interpretation.
- Halford, et al. v. Rolls-Royce Corp., et al.—Obtained dismissal of claims on behalf of helicopter manufacturer in wrongful death suit.
- WSDOT, et al. v. Seattle Tunnel Partners, et al. – Represented Japanese tunnel boring machine manufacturer in $1 billion dispute arising from SR99 Tunnel Project in Seattle, Washington.
- Wisdom v. Gugino – Represented pro bono client in bankruptcy appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In its disposition the Court recognized Andy’s advocacy as “excellent.” See 649 F. App’x 583 (9th Cir. 2016).