Andy started practicing law in 1991. He spent 16 years in a large firm where he became an equity partner and chaired the firm's Virginia Business and Commercial Litigation Section. He then spent two years at a smaller firm where he learned he could practice without the trappings and expenses of a big firm. This led him to start his own law firm, which has now grown to five lawyers.
He has a solid background in commercial and business litigation. He has handled hundreds of cases in federal and state courts in Virginia and elsewhere. More than just a hired gun, Andy understands that the goal is to resolve the dispute efficiently, quickly, and in a manner that keeps the client focused on his or her goals.
Andy always enjoyed working on matters involving family trusts and estates. In the past ten years, this area has become one of his specialities. He is passionate about it. His reputation is growing as a fiduciary litigator whether representing trustees, executors, or beneficiaries. He has both challenged and protected wills and trusts, sought and opposed the appointment of guardians and conservators, and assisted many families reconcile their differences and move on with their lives.
In his work in the area of environmental law, for a large Virginia utility and in multiple cases involving land issues, Andy has become an expert in property law and easements.
Andy is a firm believer in alternative dispute resolution. Litigation can be time consuming, expensive and risky. While always preparing for court, he seeks opportunities to have the parties resolve their differences with the help of a trained neutral. He has participated in dozens of high stakes mediations and judicial settlement conferences.
Telephone (804) 512-3522
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1991
University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A. 1987
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A. 1981
St. Christopher's School 1977
- Trusts & Estates disputes
- Commercial disputes
- Property law
- Environmental Issues
Professional Awards and Recognition
Named to the "Super Lawyers" list, 2010 - 2016
Named to Virginia Business magazine’s Legal Elite in environmental law and civil litigation
Achieved Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating for legal ability and ethical standards
Selected to The Best Lawyers in America
Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Trusts and Estates and Real Estate Law
Bar and Court Admissions
Supreme Courts of Virginia and Colorado
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Professional and Community Involvement
Richmond Bar Association; Past Chair Environmental Section; Past Chair
American Bar Association; Section of Litigation; Environmental Committee
Member, Estate Planning Council of Virginia
Past President Kanawha Recreation Association
Past President Rebuilding Together Richmond
Past President Westham Civic Association
Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2003
Former member Board of Directors, Friends of Bryan Park