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Andrew Bayman

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King & Spalding LLP


Andy Bayman is the Practice Group Leader of King & Spalding’s Tort Litigation and Environmental Practice Group.


Served as the 2004-05 Chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Product Liability Section. Presents frequently on product liability issues and trial skills as well as on emerging issues in product liability litigation and current developments in evidence law at Georgia Bar and national seminars. He gave a model closing argument at the ABA’s Emerging Issues in Automobile Product Liability Litigation in Phoenix, AZ and at the State Bar of Georgia’s 11th Annual Product Liability Seminar. Served on various committees of the Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and is a Fellow of the Lawyers’ Foundation of Georgia.


Received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Graduated, magna cum laude, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was also one of the original recipients of the President’s Award for Distinguished Service to Miami University.

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

King & Spalding LLP’s consumer products group is led by Richard Schneider in Atlanta, while the wider practice is headed by Carol Wood in Houston. The team continues to represent RJ Reynolds Tobacco in Engle Progeny tobacco cases in Florida and recently obtained several defense verdicts and appellate victories in related lawsuits. In other work, Andrew Bayman and Stephen Devereaux defended Floor & Decor in several personal injury claims and a putative nationwide class action, in which plaintiffs allege that laminate flooring sold by the defendant emits excessive levels of formaldehyde. Charlotte-based Cory Hohnbaum and Jeffrey Furr are other key figures in the department.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

The life sciences and healthcare practice group at King & Spalding LLP is co-headed by Atlanta-based Andrew Bayman and Bruce Hurley in Houston. Led by Bayman, the team continues to represent GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as national counsel in litigation related to the anti-depressant medication Paxil, which involves allegations that the use of the drug during pregnancy causes congenital defects. In other work, Hurley and Houston-based Tracie Renfroe continue to represent Johnson & Johnson in hip implant litigation including an MDL, in which plaintiffs allege defective design, defective manufacturing and failure to warn. Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly are also clients of the firm. In April 2017, the Austin office was strengthened with the hire of Lana Varney, Stephen Huffaker and Lisa Shub from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, and in July 2017, Eric Gladbach, Kelly D’Auria and Jacqueline Seidel joined from Reed Smith LLP. Shawn Stephens and Dan Willoughby retired and Halli Cohn joined Troutman Sanders in July 2017. Senior counsel Chilton Varner in Atlanta is another name to note.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

King & Spalding LLP’s multidisciplinary practice handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the industry, including FDA and IP issues and high-profile corporate transactions. Co-head Nikki Reeves, Lisa Dwyer, Jeffrey Bucholtz and Sheldon Bradshaw led advice to Egalet on an FDA issue regarding the company’s Arymo ER drug. Co-head Christina Markus defended a pharmaceutical and medical device distributor against claims brought by the California State Board of Pharmacy alleging violation of state requirements for wholesale distributor licenses. In San Francisco, Thomas Duley was engaged by Dermira on various matters arising from a license agreement with Hoffmann-La Roche. The practice is also led by Mark Brown, David Farber and Seth Lundy. Other names to note are Andrew Bayman and John Harris in Atlanta, Peter Strotz in Los Angeles, Donald Zimmer and Stephen Abreu in San Francisco, and Preeya Noronha Pinto in Washington DC. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Joseph Diamante and Charles Cantine from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York. Partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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