Andrew F. Gann Jr. Associate

Drew is a litigator, focusing primarily on class actions, mass tort lawsuits, high-stakes products liability litigation, and litigation arising out of catastrophic incidents. He has significant experience with multidistrict litigation (MDL) and advising clients on punitive damages in high-stakes personal injury actions. Drew represents clients in a wide array of industries, including energy, transportation, product manufacturing, education, banking, and finance.

Drew has experience in all phases of litigation at the trial and appellate levels before state and federal courts, including taking and defending depositions, briefing and arguing discovery motions, motions in limine, and dispositive motions. He also has extensive experience working with medical, technical, and scientific issues as well as managing expert witnesses.

Drew is a nationally-recognized commentator and speaker on legal issues, including class actions and catastrophic incidents. He has had articles published in numerous leading publications including: Law360.com, SCOTUSBlog, Oil & Gas E-Report, Energy Advisor, Texas Lawyer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Blog, Password Protected, and Class Action Countermeasures. He has also been co-author of chapters for the following books: Infectious Disease Litigation: Science, Law & Procedure; The Legal 500: Product Liability Country Comparative Guide; and, A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions. 

Drew has an active pro bono practice, including serving as a Triage Champion for the City of Richmond’s Eviction Diversion Program, representing clients in no-fault divorce cases in Southwest Virginia, and representing prisoners in 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Drew served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable Norman K. Moon of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. While clerking, Drew also assisted with appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. While in law school, Drew served on the Editorial Board for the Virginia Law Review and as the articles editor for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law.

Experience

Cross-jurisdictional counsel for one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in a wide variety of litigation matters, including catastrophic incidents, commercial disputes, and pipeline integrity investigations.

Represented a consumer product manufacturer in more than 400 claims in a Florida mass action involving alleged deceptive trade practices.

Represented a water treatment product manufacturer in a a New Jersey class action related to deceptive trade practices.

Represented a retail furniture company in a CPSC investigation following a child’s death.

Represented one of the largest family-owned product portfolio business in an investigation related to fire resistant products.

Represented an American Fortune 100 engine manufacturer in claims of deceptive trade practices and breach of warranty.

Represented one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in connection to an explosion and fire in a shopping center.

Represented a Fortune 100 equipment manufacturer in a nationwide products liability class action concerning engine component parts.

Represented a natural gas transmission company in a series of lawsuits related to pipeline integrity and land rights.

Represented one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in connection to single home explosions in various jurisdictions, including Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Represented a natural gas transmission company in a breach of contract lawsuit related to the implementation of compressor stations and resulting first-party and third-party damage.

Represented electric utility company in bodily injury litigation and insurance recovery following a lithium-ion battery thermal runaway event. 

Represented a utility company in a series of commercial disputes with contractors.

Represented utility companies on issues related to force majeure, impossibility, and frustration of purpose.

Represented multi-national energy company on various litigation issues, including negligence, trespass, unjust enrichment, and punitive damages.

Represented a natural gas transmission company for first and third party damages related to the construction of compressor stations.

Represented a natural gas distribution company for claims against contractors and subcontractors for defective construction.

Advised natural gas midstream company on breach of contract issues, including liquidated damages, indemnification, and alternative dispute resolution.

Represented a national flooring retailer in MDL litigation involving more than 140 class actions and 30 personal injury actions alleging excessive levels of formaldehyde in Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring.

Represented a utility company in a consolidated class action following a pipeline explosion from an over-pressurization event that resulted in seven class actions and more than 30 bodily injury actions.

Represented a national flooring retailer in class action litigation alleging premature scratching of bamboo flooring prior to the 30-year warranty.

Represented Class I railroad as punitive damages counsel in high-exposure personal injury actions.

Represented a former Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officer in preventing an “Apex” deposition.

Represented a national furniture retailer before the Consumer Products Safety Commission after a voluntary recall.

Represented a plaintiff in a premise liability case that resulted in a settlement reported as the second largest settlement in 2018 by the Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Represented a utility company in various high-exposure personal injury actions.

Represented a manufacturer of premium water treatment equipment in various class action lawsuits, mass actions, and arbitrations. 

Represented a specialty chemical company in a complex commercial lawsuit. 

  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, Articles Editor, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, 2015
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA, Political Science (Legal Studies), minor in Sociology, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2012

Member, Institute of Energy Law

Member, John Marshall Inn of Courts

Triage Co-Champion, Eviction Diversion Program

Member, McGuireWoods’ COVID-19 Response Team

Member, Federal Bar Association (Richmond Chapter)

Member, Eviction Diversion Project Planning Team

  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Named to "Pro Bono Service Honor Roll," Virginia Access to Justice Commission, 2022

Recipient, McGuireWoods Associate Pro Bono Award, 2021

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021-2023

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who, 2021

Recipient, Benjamin R. Lacy, IV Volunteer of the Year Award, 2020

Named to "America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators," 2020

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