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, 2013-2016
Colorado Super Lawyers
    General Litigation, 2012-2015
     Top 100, 2015
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 2007-2013


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 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, 2013-2016
Colorado Super Lawyers
    General Litigation, 2012-2015
     Top 100, 2015
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 2007-2013

Articles/Presentations
  • "Practical Judicial Ethics Dilemmas: The Lawyer's Perspective," Advanced New Judge Orientation, Denver, CO (May 2015)
  • "Practical Judicial Ethics Dilemmas: The Lawyer's Perspective," Eleventh Biennial Judicial Ethics Training: Threats and Opportunities for Administrative Law Adjudicators: The Future, Denver, CO (December 2014)
  • "Defending Suicide: Investigating and Defending a High-Profile Event," presented at the Kentucky Society of Health Risks Managers Annual Conference, Louisville, KY (November 2014).
  • "Texting & Social Media in Medicine: A Prescription for Trouble?" presented at the American Society of Health Risks Managers Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (October 2014).
  • "False Advertising & Marketing in the Healthcare Industry," Marketing Risk Webinar presented by Mountain States Healthcare Risk Retention Group, (May 2014).
  • "Social Media and Cyber Liability," presented at Mountain States Healthcare Risk Retention Group, Vdara Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, (February 2014).
  • "Medical Malpractice Cases, Practical Advice and Winning Strategies: Defending Against Plaintiff's Case," presented at the Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO, (March 2013).
  • "Judicial Ethics: Solutions" at Joint Military Judges Annual Training (JMJAT) presented at National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, (September 20, 2012).
  • "Search & Seizure; Selected Problems," guest Lecturer, Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, Central Texas College at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, (September 13, 2012).
  • "Attorney Ethics: Solving Dilemmas," presented to attorneys at Bagram and Kandahar Airfields, Afghanistan, and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, (Multiple dates in 2012).
  • "Periodic dispatches about life as a deployed Judge Advocate General," Law Week Colorado, (May/December 2012).
  • "Defending Suicide: Investigating and Defending a High Profile Event," presented at the American Society of Health Risks Managers Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, (October 19, 2011).
  • "Practical Judicial Ethics Dilemmas," presented at the Ninth Judicial Ethics Training, State of Colorado Office of Administrative Courts, Denver, Colorado (December 1, 2010).
  • "Judicial Ethics: Rules of Thumb," presented at William S. Fulton, Jr. Appellate Military Judges' Conference, Washington, District of Columbia, (September 17, 2009).
  • "Ethics and Professionalism," presented at ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel CLE, Fort Carson, Colorado, (March 16, 2009).
  • "Beyond Daubert: An Analytical Framework for Judges to Evaluate Experts," presented at National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, (March 2008).
  • "The United States Refusal to Ban Landmines: The Intersection Between Tactics, Strategy, Policy, and International Law," 159 Mil. L. Rev. 87, (1999).
  • "Total Concept and Feel: A Proper Test for Children's Books," 5 UCLA Ent. L. Rev. 141, (1997).
  • "Free Exercise and the Uniformed Employee: A Comparative Look at Religious Freedom in the Armed Forces of the United States and Great Britain," 17 Comp. Lab. L.J. 648, (1996).
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1997
  • 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

Follow WTO partner Colonel Efaw on his Middle East deployment