Andrew J. Scholz

Andrew J. Scholz

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

Andrew Scholz is a partner in the firm’s New York City office. He is a trial lawyer with over 15 years of experience defending companies and individuals in mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. His toxic tort experience includes defending cases involving exposure to asbestos, Legionella bacteria, adulterated food, spray foam, mold, benzene, barium, and other chemicals.  

Andrew has played a leading role in the discovery phases of multi-defendant, complex tort litigations, and has experience handling complex cases involving Daubert challenges to expert witness testimony. He previously 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 also tried and arbitrated cases in New York and Washington, D.C.

Representative Matters
  • Prevailing on motions in limine to exclude design defects and warning experts, and simultaneously obtaining summary judgment in catastrophic product liability cases
  • Prevailing on a motion for summary judgment in a personal injury claim arising out of exposure to tear gas
  • Defending clients in hydraulic fracturing litigation involving claims of alleged groundwater contamination
  • Defending premises owners and lessees against Legionella-related claims.
  • Defending food manufacturers in foodborne illness litigation
  • Defending manufacturers and premises owners in asbestos litigation

Previously, Andrew served as co-chair of the Toxic Tort Subcommittee within the American Bar Association’s Mass Torts Committee. He frequently authors articles on mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental law issues, and regularly contributes to Goldberg Segalla blogs. Andrew’s recent blog pieces can be found on Asbestos Case Tracker, which in 2016 and 2018 was named to the ABA Journal's prestigious Blawg 100 and named the Best Litigation Blog for the last three years by the Expert Institute in its annual legal blog contest.

Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2014–18
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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
Civic Activities
  • Volunteer to American Bar Association's BP Oil Spill Task Force (2011)
Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2001 (Richardson Scholar)
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 1995
Publications
Presentations
  • "Crisis Management: Balancing Public Messaging Against Litigation Risks," GMA Legal Conference, Palm Beach, FL, March 5, 2019
  • "Mitigating Damages Even When Seeking a Defense Verdict," Perrin Food and Beverage Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2018
  • "Crisis Management: Food, Beverage, and Hospitality Industries," Perrin Food and Beverage Litigation Conference, Chicago, IL, October 25, 2017
  • Panelist, "Emerging Legal Issues Impacting Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries: What You Need to Know," Food Law Basics and Beyond, Texas Bar Association, October 12, 2017
  • Panelist, "Fueling the World: The Risks Associated with Energy," Perrin's Environmental & Risk Litigation Conference, New York City, June 20, 2017
  • "Recipes for Success: Management and Defense Strategies for Litigating Foodborne Illness Claims" (Co-Presenter), Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • "Game-Changing Asbestos Developments: This Past Year's Most Significant Verdicts and Decisions" (Co-Presenter), Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • "Defending Foodborne Illness Claims" (Co-Presenter), Client presentation, Dover, NH, March 21, 2017
  • "Hydraulic Fracturing — Emerging Regulatory & Litigation Issues and Trends,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL
    October 18, 2016
  • 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
  • Panelist, “Food-Safety Best Practices,” CPCU Society Webinar, March 20, 2014
  • “In-House and Law Firm Management/Technology — Galvanizing Your Practice Through Social Media,” 2014 IADC Mid-Year Conference, February 10, 2014
  • "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
  • "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