Andrew focuses his practice on toxic tort litigation. He has been involved in the defense of asbestos cases in both Federal and State courts since 1990, representing a wide range of defendants from Fortune 500 companies, domestic and foreign product manufacturers, contractors, distributors and suppliers as well as property owners and retailers. Andrew has extensive experience with other toxic exposure claims including mold, carbon monoxide, dimethylformamide (DMF), benzene, formaldehyde, electromagnetic radiation (EMF), pressure-treated wood (CCA), sick building and chemical sensitivity cases.
Over the last 15 years, Andrew has secured dismissals at the trial and appellate courts in defense of property owners and contractors in claims involving infant exposures to lead paint. Andrew heads a team of skilled attorneys experienced in the ever-evolving landscape of mass tort litigation throughout the State of New York.
- Asbestos | In Re: New York City Asbestos Litigation (Andrucki) (New York State Supreme Court, New York County Index No.: 190377-2010); obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of client in asbestos case involving spray insulation used in the construction of the World Trade Center.
- Carbon Monoxide | Cano v. The Messorle Project LLC, (New York State Supreme Court, Kings County Index No.: 512171-2016); secured Summary Judgment in 2020 in favor of property owner and manager, dismissing suit alleging prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide. Plaintiff alleged a litany of permanent injuries including brain damage, cognitive deficits, cardiac irregularities and visual problems.
- Catastrophic Loss | Urbaniak, et. al. v. Shoreline Cruises, et al. 05-cv-1408 (USDC-NDNY, 2006); negotiated settlements in New York Federal District Court on behalf of Canadian client in case involving 21 fatalities (Lake George ferry boat sinking).
- Construction Dust | McGrath v. Transitional Services of New York, 63 A.D.3d 1121, 883 N.Y.S.2d 542 (Appellate Division, 2nd Dep’t, 2009); Summary Judgment in favor of construction company client, affirmed on appeal in case alleging toxic exposure to construction dust. Multiple plaintiffs asserted claims of a myriad of injuries including multiple chemical sensitivity.
- Drain Cleaner | Marshall v. Medallion Products, et al. 13-cv-4475 (USDC-SDNY, 2015); secured defense verdict in New York Federal District Court trial in favor of manufacturer of a drain cleaning product which allegedly exploded upon opening, causing eye and skin injuries to the plaintiff.
- Flooring Adhesive | Abrams v. Related Companies, 137 A.D.3d 655, 283 N.Y.S.3d 366 (Appellate Division, 1st, 2016); Summary Judgment affirmed on appeal in case alleging multiple chemical sensitivity secondary to inhalation of toxic fumes from a chemical adhesive product.
- Pottery Glaze | Gushue v. Levy, (New York State Supreme Court, New York County Index: 106645-2005); obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of premises owner. Plaintiff alleged her Parkinson’s disease was caused by exposure to toxic fumes from glazes used in her pottery business.
- Pressure-treated Wood | Sirico v. Beckerle Lumber Supply Co., Inc., 227 A.D.2d 396, 642 N.Y.S.2d 55 (Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., 1996); Summary Judgment sustained on appeal in pressure-treated wood (chromated copper arsenate) case.
- Talc | In Re: New York City Asbestos Litigation (Cohen), 2018 WL 3306752, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 31481(U), 1 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., 2018); obtained Summary Judgment in favor of talc defendant on the issue of corporate successor liability.
- Talc | In Re: New York City Asbestos Litigation (Peralta) (New York State Supreme Court, New York County Index No.: 190151-2017); prevailed on Motion to Dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.