Andrew J. Scholz
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Andrew Scholz is a partner in the firm’s White Plains office. He is a trial lawyer with over 10 years of experience defending companies and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts. His practice focuses on mass tort, toxic tort, environmental, products liability, transportation, and complex commercial litigation. As an example of the results he has obtained in high-stakes mass tort litigation, Andrew successfully defended certain property owners and commercial lessees of the World Trade Center against thousands of catastrophic injury, property damage, and death claims arising out of the terrorist-related aircraft crashes of September 11, 2001.
Andrew has played a leading role in the discovery phase of a number of multi-defendant, complex litigations. He has been an active participant in the coordination of legal strategy among coordinating committees and has taken the lead on behalf of multiple co-counsel at critical depositions. He has extensive experience handling complex cases involving Daubert challenges to expert witness testimony. Andrew has tried and arbitrated cases in New York and Washington, D.C.
He currently serves as co-chair of the Toxic Tort Subcommittee within the American Bar Association’s Mass Torts Committee. Andrew frequently authors articles on mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental law issues. He is the editor of Goldberg Segalla’s Shale Watch blog, which explores the legal developments and emerging trends arising out of hydraulic fracturing (better known as hydrofracking).
Andrew's representative products, environmental, and toxic tort experience includes:
- Prevailed on a motion in limine to exclude design defect and warnings experts and simultaneously obtained summary judgment motion in a catastrophic product liability case.
- Defending against hydraulic fracking litigation involving alleged groundwater contamination.
- Defending a number of manufacturers sued in asbestos litigation.
- Defending food processing company involving claims that a food thickening agent is causally related to necrotizing enterocolitis.
- New York Metro Super Lawyers 2014-2015
- DRI: Toxic Tort and Environmental Committee
- American Bar Association: Mass Torts Committee; Co-Chair, Toxic Torts Subcommittee
Admitted to Practice
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Volunteer to American Bar Association's BP Oil Spill Task Force (2011)
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001 (Richardson Scholar)
- University of South Florida, B.A., 1995
- Contributor, Shale Watch Blog - A Review of the Legal Developments Arising Out of Hydraulic Fracturing: http://shalewatchblog.com
- Conference Chair and Presenter, "Effective Strategies in Defending an Adulterated Food Claim," First Annual Food Litigation ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, February 2-3, 2016
- Panelist, “Defending Damages, Including Considering Life Care Plans and Economic Loss,” 2015 DRI Asbestos Medicine Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 5, 2015
- Co-Author, “Hydraulic Fracturing: A Retrospective of Key Legal Disputes in 2014 and Predictions for the Future,” AIRROC Matters, Spring 2015
- Featured in “And The Defense Wins,” Defense Research Institute, May 28, 2014
- Author, “Decisions Limiting Toxic-Tort Claims: Aberration or Potential Trend?” American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation, Spring 2014, Vol. 12, No. 3
- Co-Author, “Asbestos Litigation: Alive and Strong in 2014,” For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, April 2014
- Panelist, “Food-Safety Best Practices,” CPCU Society Webinar, March 20, 2014
- Presenter, “In-House and Law Firm Management/Technology — Galvanizing Your Practice Through Social Media,” 2014 IADC Mid-Year Conference, February 10, 2014
- Co-Author, “Going Global: Navigating Import and Export Safety Regulations,” Food Manufacturing, February 10, 2014
- Co-Author, “The New Wave of Food Labeling Litigation: Primary Defenses and Practical Considerations,” NYSBA Torts, Insurance, and Compensation Law Journal, Winter 2013
- Presenter, “Apportioning Liability in Jurisdictions with Fault Allocation: Sorting Out Verdict Form and Other Complexities Given That Today’s Cases Name Dozens of Parties as Liable for Exposure,” American Conference Institute’s 15th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, New York, NY, October 8, 2013
- Co-Author, “Will the FDA Kill the Caffeine Buzz?” Food Processing, September 27, 2013
- Co-Author, “The New Food Fight: Defending Against Labeling Litigation,” Food Manufacturing, May 21, 2013
- Co-Author, “Simple Steps Can Protect Drillers: In Fracking, Practical Coverage and Risk-Shifting Can Ease Litigation Threats,” National Driller, March 2013
- Co-Author, “Hydraulic Fracturing Holds Litigation Risks,” National Driller, January 2013
- Co-Author, “Fifty States Of Mold Claims: A Comprehensive Survey of Defense Strategies, Coverage Exclusions, and Liability Implications Across the U.S.,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Mold, January 2013
- Presenter, “Fracking: The Personal Injury Case” and “Legal Ethics and Fracking Law,” Fracking Injury Cases Webinar, National Business Institute, January 2012
- Moderator, Hydraulic Fracturing Panel: Annual Chemical Products and Toxic Tort Regional Seminar, American Bar Association, New York, October 29, 2012
- Author, “Proposed Class Plaintiffs to Pay Pre-Certified Discovery Cost,” American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation: News & Developments, September 20, 2012
- Author, "Environmental Groups Seek to Expand Public Trust," American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation: News & Developments, August 14, 2012
- Quoted in “Attorneys Say Fracking Could Happen This Year,”Business First, May 25, 2012
- Co-Author, “A First Look at the Coverage Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing,” Thomson Reuters News and Insight, May 16, 2012; Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, June 2012
- Author, “Welding Fume MDL Settlement Shows Increased Use of QSFs,” American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation: News & Developments, May 15, 2012
- Quoted in “Analysis: Insurers Find It Tough to Price Fracking Risk,” Reuters, May 11, 2012
- Author, "New York Appeals Court: Mold Case Can Go Forward," American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation: News & Developments, April 6, 2012
- Co-Author, “Arranger Liability Under CERCLA After Burlington Northern,” American Bar Association Mass Torts Litigation, Winter 2012
- Moderator, “Liaison Counsel v. Non-Liaison Counsel, Zealous Representation in the Mass Tort Setting: Can’t We All Get Along?”, American Bar Association Mass Torts and Products Liability Sixth Annual Chemical and Industrial Products Regional CLE Workshop, October 13, 2011
- Author, "State 'Preemption' Arguments Asserted in Ongoing Fracking Debate," American Bar Association Mass Torts Committee Website, October 2011
- Co-Author, “Divisibility of Damages Under CERCLA, Two Years of Case Law After Burlington Northern,” American Bar Association Mass Torts Newsletter, Summer 2011
- Author, “Think a Spouse’s Individual Credit Card Debt Cannot Result in the Foreclosure of the Marital Home? Think Again,” NYLitigator, Journal of the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association, Summer 2011
- Author, “World Trade Center Disaster Recovery Workers Claims Questioned in Litigation,” American Bar Association Mass Torts Committee Website, 2008