I believe that overcoming the most difficult obstacles requires melding a deep understanding of a variety of perspectives. For this reason, I have made it a point to interweave non-traditional experiences into my practice of law. After 14 years at two large international law firms, I co-founded a commercial litigation boutique focused on alternative billing, which we quickly grew to ten lawyers. At the same time, I co-founded a company that provided support services and online marketing for small law firms. These experiences as an entrepreneur taught me to see what success (and failure) in innovation looks like.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in a group that focused on providing Decision Support Systems to companies. More recently, I went back to school at night to obtain my Masters in Computer Science, and then put together a team of engineers/data scientists to apply natural language processing and machine learning to legal documents. As a technologist, I learned to appreciate the art, and the cost, of the possible.
Clients come to lawyers to solve difficult challenges. I believe that the path to making legal services better, more efficient, and more accessible exists. It is a matter of putting together the right pieces in the right order. I joined ElevateNext and Elevate because we have those pieces and the team that can put them in place.
Andy is a partner at ElevateNext who utilizes his deep legal and technical experience to help clients improve outcomes and increase efficiency. As a former big-firm partner and founder of a commercial litigation boutique, Andy has represented Fortune 500 companies and SMB’s across the U.S. in matters involving contract disputes, crisis management, data privacy, government investigations, board governance, insurance coverage, intellectual property, health care provider reimbursement, shareholder disputes, employment law, and more.
Andy also holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and was the co-founder of one of the first online business lawyer directories. Prior to joining ElevateNext, he ran a project utilizing natural language processing and machine learning for the analysis of legal documents.
Throughout his career, Andy has developed a track record of achieving results through creative solutions. He has tried cases in both federal and Illinois state courts and arbitrated and mediated multiple matters. He has also argued appeals in both federal and state courts. When representing plaintiffs in commercial litigation, Andy has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of clients. On the defense side, he has achieved dismissal or favorable settlement of high-profile individual claims as well as class actions.
Andy started his career at Altheimer & Gray, where he made partner. He later joined Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons) as a partner, after which he founded a successful commercial litigation boutique that successfully developed a model for applying fixed fees and alternative billing to complex commercial litigation.
I love running, trying new restaurants, and traveling the world; all of which I do much less now that we have young children (whom I love even more). I truly enjoy learning new things, which explains why I went back to school mid-career to gain an understanding of the latest in technology and data science. And I am excited about any opportunity to truly change and improve the way things are done (including joining ElevateNext).
Bar and Court Admissions:
- Illinois Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (trial bar)
- Highest “AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)” Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
- Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2007)