Andrew Efaw has represented clients in complex trials and litigation in federal and state courts in 17 states nationwide. In addition to handling intricate commercial cases, Andy helps companies and individuals navigate civil lawsuits that arise after criminal acts. He defends hospitals and executives against malpractice claims involving violations of patient trust; pharmaceutical companies against product liability claims linking medicines to violent acts; and property owners and operators when catastrophe strikes on their premises.

In these and similar matters, Andy brings significant niche experience and a deft touch to protect his clients when their businesses, brands, and relationships require nuanced defense. Andy approaches each case with distinctive intellectual rigor, and he has a record of entering cases and uncovering game-changing facts.

A colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Andy commands the 2d Legal Operations Detachment in New Orleans. He has twice deployed to combat zones. In 2004-2005, Andy served in Iraq, trying cases as the Senior Defense Counsel of Northern Iraq. In 2012, Andy served as the sole Army judge in Afghanistan and Kuwait. He chronicled that experience in a series of dispatches published by Law Week Colorado between May and December of that year. From 2007-2013, Andy was a military judge. In addition to Southeast Asia, he presided over cases in 11 states and in Germany.

Andy frequently presents to lawyers, judges, insurers, and risk managers on topics including the defense of high-profile events, trial strategy, and professional ethics.

Other Experience
Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army
    Colonel
    Military Judge, Afghanistan
    Senior Defense Counsel, Northern Iraq
    Senior Trial Counsel, Fort Lewis, Washington
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Best Lawyers
    
Professional Malpractice Law, 2013-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    General Litigation, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado
    Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2014-2015
American Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
United States Army Military Judge
Representative Cases
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Other ExperienceJudge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army
    Colonel
    Military Judge, Afghanistan
    Senior Defense Counsel, Northern Iraq
    Senior Trial Counsel, Fort Lewis, Washington
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Best Lawyers
    
Professional Malpractice Law, 2013-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    General Litigation, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado
    Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2014-2015
American Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
United States Army Military Judge
Articles/Presentations
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1997
    Comparative Labor Law Journal, Associate and Articles Editor
  • U.S. Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, 2013
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., 1989
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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