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 where he represents clients in no-fault divorce cases in Southwest Virginia and 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.
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 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.
Triage Co-Champion, Eviction Diversion Program
Member, McGuireWoods’ COVID-19 Response Team
Member, Federal Bar Association (Richmond Chapter)
Member, Eviction Diversion Project Planning Team
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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May 29, 2020
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May 9, 2019