Commonwealth of Kentucky
Western District of Kentucky
• Andrew currently represents numerous medium and small size businesses from a variety of industries with issues including contract disputes, employment disputes, insurance issues, vendor disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, disputes between owners, contract negotiation, business planning, and contract drafting.
• As a former restaurant and bar general manager, Andrew knows the nuances and needs of the restaurant community and his current clientele list includes local and independently owned restaurants and bars.
• Andrew has represented buyers, sellers, and real estate agents in real estate disputes including claims arising from a Seller’s Disclosure of Property Condition Form, property line disputes, adverse possession, easement issues, breach of contract, and fee disputes.
• Andrew has successfully represented both Employers and Employees in a range of employment disputes including worker’s comp claims, civil rights discrimination, FMLA actions, Merit Systems Protection Board proceedings, and Unemployment Insurance hearings and appeals.
• Andrew has experience litigating civil cases in front of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky circuit, district and probate courts, and various federal, state and local administrative agencies.
Representing the Defendant:
• Successfully represented Defendant Employer on Appeal to the Unemployment Insurance Commission which overturned the Hearing Referee’s Award by ruling that the Employee was properly fired for misconduct and that the Employee would have to pay back over $7,000 in benefits received.
• After oral arguments, successfully obtained Summary Judgment for Seller of real property accused of fraud and negligence when the Circuit Court Judge ruled that the arbitration clause in the purchase agreement was unenforceable and all Buyer’s claims against Seller were barred.
• Represented Defendant construction company accused of breach of contract and negligence in which the Circuit Court Judge enforced the arbitration clause in the contract and dismissed the case.
Representing the Plaintiff:
• Successfully represented Plaintiff Employee in front of the Kentucky Court of Appeals which denied Defendant’s Writ of Prohibition and ruled the Circuit Court Judge did have subject-matter jurisdiction and that Defendant did not show irreparable harm as required for a Writ of Prohibition. Defendant settled afterwards.
• Successfully defended Plaintiff’s default judgment at an evidentiary hearing to set the judgment aside after which the Circuit Court Judge denied Defendant’s motion and enforced the judgment.
• Successfully represented Plaintiff Employee accused of Unemployment Insurance Fraud in a Referee Hearing in which the Hearing Referee determined Plaintiff did not engage in misconduct or fraud as alleged by Employer and awarded full benefits.
J.D., University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, magna cum laude
B.A., University of Louisville
Honors and Awards:
University of Louisville Law Review
Online Content Editor, Volume 54
Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court
2016 Student Member
Administrative Law: Book Award for Highest Grade in Class
Arbitration Practice: Book Award for Highest Grade in Class
Kentucky Restaurant Association March 21, 2017 Seminar – “Winning an Unemployment Appeal: Unemployment Insurance and Workplace Discrimination from the Employer’s Perspective, a discussion of proper policies and procedures to implement and follow, the proper way to terminate an employee, and protection from claims of discrimination that may arise when terminating an employee.”
Jefferson County Domestic Violence Intake Center
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