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Andrew C. Efaw


P. 303.244.1873 | F. 303.244.1879


Andrew Efaw defends clients in high-stakes trials and litigation across the country. A true trial generalist, Andy has the skills and experience to parachute into any situation to help clients improve outcomes—especially when the stakes are dire. Andy approaches each case with distinct intellectual rigor, and he has a record of entering cases and uncovering game-changing facts to improve his clients’ trial posture.

Andy’s experience ranges from defending product liability and mass torts trials to professional liability trials and quasi criminal litigation. He has unique experience advising on the civil implications of criminal lawsuits, having been involved for more than 20 years in high-stakes and high-visibility matters for pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals and healthcare providers, and property owners faced with tragic and even catastrophic events involving their products, personnel, and premises. 

Andy also assists sophisticated clients with investigations and in complex commercial disputes involving breach of contract, franchising, and class action claims. 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 representation. 

After 27 years in the U.S. Army on active duty and as a reservist, Andy retired as a Colonel. Over the course his career, he served as an officer in the Field Artillery, Civil Affairs, and the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. As a JAG officer, he served as trial counsel, defense counsel, and military judge. 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 Army judge presiding over courts-martials in Afghanistan and Kuwait. In his six-year tenure as a military judge, he presided over cases in 11 states, Germany, and Southeast Asia. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars.

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


Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • "Marijuana and the Changing Landscape for Healthcare Providers and Hospital Administrators, Risk Webinar," presented by American Excess Insurance Exchange, (April 2019).
  • "Allegations of Sexual Assault by a Provider: A Roadmap to Limit Exposure," presented at The Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, (March 31-April 2, 2019).
  • "Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Law, Ethics, and Controlling Risk,"Co-presented at the annual American Society for Health Care Risk Management, (October 9, 2018).
  • "Practical Judicial Ethics Dilemmas, the Lawyer's Perspective," presented at the Biennial Judicial Ethics Training for Administrative Law Judges, (December 2, 2016).
  • "Managing Violent Patients and Visitors Coming," presented at the Mountain States Healthcare meeting, (Feb. 10-11, 2016).
  • "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 to Colorado Healthcare Associated Risk Managers, Denver, CO, (March 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).
  • "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).
  • "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).


Other Experience

Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army
    Military Judge, Afghanistan
    Senior Defense Counsel, Northern Iraq
    Senior Trial Counsel, Fort Lewis, Washington

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2022
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2017-2023
    Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, 2013-2023
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2013-2023
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice Defense, 2018-2023
    Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2012-2017
    Top 100, 2015, 2019-2021
Law Week Colorado
    Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2014-2018, 2020-2023
American Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
United States Army Military Judge 2007-2013

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