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 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

Advises companies regarding the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on issues related to contractual obligations (force majeure, impossibility, and frustration of purpose), critical infrastructure, supply chain, transportation, and national security.

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.

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.

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. 

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

  • Speaker, Business Beware: Premise Liability in the Age of the COVID-19 Economic Restart, Webinar, May 28, 2020
  • Speaker, Class Action Litigation Update, March 5, 2020
  • Speaker, Eviction Diversion Program Conciliator Training, February 25, 2020
  • Presenter, Annual Triage Pro Bono Training, October 24, 2019
  • Moderator, Judicial Clerkship Panel, May 23, 2019
  • Co-Presenter, Safe at Home: Personal Jurisdiction after BNSF Railway and Bristol-Myers Squibb, October 2017
  • Virginia
  • 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

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

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

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

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