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Andrew Myers defends drug and medical device makers against mass tort litigation involving product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and other claims. He has particular experience involving preemption in the pharmaceutical industry and has briefed numerous trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Andrew has extensive experience addressing the regulatory, legal, and factual issues arising in complex product liability matters, the law governing admissibility of expert testimony, and the application of complex scientific and medical issues in court. Andrew is also well versed in the area of preemption and has briefed issues related to preemption of claims against drug and medical device manufacturers in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Outside the product liability context, Andrew has represented commercial clients in a wide range of legal contexts, including defending Pfizer against civil RICO claims seeking to recover over $300 million, representing a custom motorcycle parts manufacturer in a case to recover the cost of allegedly defective components, and representing a number of large corporations in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.
- Won summary judgment for an international shipping company in a putative joint employment class action in federal court in Colorado.
- Won a defense verdict in Philadelphia, during the week of Christmas, for a hospital and its physician assistant who diagnosed muscle strain when in fact the plaintiff had an infection that resulted in the amputation of her leg. The jury agreed with WTO's arguments that, given the circumstances, the original diagnosis was reasonable.
- In re: Zoloft Litigation (Cir. Ct. Kanawha Cnty. W. Va. 2016) - Won exclusion of a key plaintiff causation witness and summary judgment in a West Virginia case alleging that Pfizer's medication, Zoloft, causes birth defects. As a result, the court granted summary judgment in Pfizer's favor less than three weeks before trial.
- In re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation (E.D. Pa. 2016) - Successfully excluded all of plaintiffs' general causation experts to help Pfizer secure summary judgment in federal Zoloft birth defect MDL.
- Porter v. Smithkline Beecham (Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. 2015) - Contributed to summary judgment win for Pfizer in a Zoloft birth defect case in Philadelphia. WTO partner Jim Hooper cross-examined the plaintiffs' only expert to offer live testimony, leading to the exclusion of both of the plaintiffs' experts. This was the second time courts excluded causation experts in Zoloft birth defect litigation. In 2014, Hooper cross-examined three causation experts in federal multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia; all three were barred from offering causation opinions.
- Won exclusion of plaintiffs' general causation experts in multidistrict litigation involving more than 600 claimants alleging the antidepressant Zoloft caused birth defects.
- Brown v. Whirlpool (N.D. Ohio 2014) - Obtained dismissal of class action allegations and 15 of 17 claims against Whirlpool in an environmental toxic tort case. Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their remaining claims after the court's ruling.
- Fletcher v. Pizza Hut (E.D. Va. 2009) - Won a defense verdict for Pizza Hut/Yum! Brands in a liability case involving traumatic brain injury and over $3.5 million in damages following an accident involving a Pizza Hut delivery vehicle.
- Thunder Mountain Custom Cycles v. Thiessen Products, 72 F.3d 604 (D. Colo. 2008) - Obtained dismissal of claims against a manufacturer of high-end motorcycle parts in a product liability case in federal court in Colorado. Following dismissal of plaintiff's claims, WTO's client was awarded over $1 million on its counterclaim of payments owed.
- McNellis v. Pfizer (3d Cir. 2008) - Won an appeal for Pfizer in a groundbreaking preemption case before the Third Circuit.
- Conroy v. Dennis (Colo. 2006) - Successfully tried to verdict a case in which our clients proved that Colorado's electronic voting systems had not been tested and certified in accordance with the law. The case led to major changes in Colorado election law.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Contributing author, "Guidelines and Best Practices for Large and Mass-Tort MDLS," The Bloch Judicial Institute at Duke Law (September 2018).
- "The False Equivalence Motion: A Trend in Plaintiffs' Offensive Use of Daubert Challenges," DRI's RX for the Defense (April 17, 2017).
"Cross Examination – What You Need to Know," presented at a Doyle Inn of Court CLE (February 15, 2017).
"Using FDA Pronouncements to Defend Product Liability Claims," presented at DRI Drug and Medical Device Conference (May 14, 2009).
- Benchmark Litigation 2021 Includes 23 WTO Lawyers
- Benchmark Litigation Names WTO Lawyers to Top 250 Women in Litigation and Under 40 Hotlist
- Denver Business Journal, "Long, Winding Road for Class Actions," April 15, 2016.
- Pfizer Legal Team Wins Daubert Exclusion of Plaintiffs' General-Causation Experts in Birth Defects Mass Tort Litigation
- Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell Elects New Partners Galen Bellamy and Andrew Myers
- SJ for WTO Medical Device Manufacturer Client Based on Federal Preemption Law
- Pfizer Presents WTO with Performance Award
- WTO Manufacturer Client Wins Over $1M on Counterclaim
Arnold & Porter LLP
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Under 40 Hotlist, 2017-2018, 2020
The Best Lawyers in America
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2021
Colorado Rising Stars
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2011-2017
Law Week Colorado
Up-and-Coming Lawyers, 2008
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Civil Justice League
President, Board of Directors, 2018-2019
Coaching high school mock trial team, golf, and playing poker