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Andrew Bayman

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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

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Andrew Bayman in Atlanta heads the trial and global disputes practice at King & Spalding LLP, which regularly handles complex commercial litigation, often involving litigation in multiple states or with parallel regulatory investigations. Recent hires at the firm include Livia Kisier, who joined the Chicago office from Sidley Austin LLP, and Jessica Corley and Lisa Bugni who joined from Alston & Bird LLP in the Atlanta and San Francisco offices, respectively. In a high-profile matter, Israel Dahan and Richard Marooney in New York acted for Darwin Deason in successful litigation to prevent Xerox and Fujifilm's merger plan. Jonathan Chally and American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) fellow David Balser are other key practitioners in Atlanta; Bobby Burchfield is a name to note in Washington DC.

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International litigation

Within: International litigation

King & Spalding LLP's team comprises 'true litigators in every sense of the word'. Indeed, the litigation department is 'just excellent' and has 'distinguished itself in the enforcement of international judgments’. Andrew Bayman heads the global disputes team, and Reginald Smith in Houston is also recommended. The team has represented the plaintiffs in Ascom (Stati) v Kazakhstan Enforcement, which concerns a $500m arbitral award under the Energy Charter Treaty, and also acted for PwC Brazil in a securities class action arising out corruption investigations of PwC Brazil’s audit client, state-controlled oil and gas giant Petroleo Brasileiro. Los Angeles-based Michael Shortnacy and Chicago-based Livia Kiser both joined the firm from Sidley Austin LLP. Zach Harmon in Washington DC, and Andrew Hruska and James Berger in New York are also recommended.

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

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

The pharmaceutical and medical device litigation team at King & Spalding LLP was strengthened by the October 2018 hire of Austin-based Melvin Bailey from Crowe Arnold & Majors LLP. In recent highlights, practice head Bruce Hurley and Tracie Renfroe in Houston defended Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics as co-lead trial counsel in personal injury claims, including an MDL relating to a metal-on-metal hip implant. Andrew Bayman in Atlanta continues to represent GlaxoSmithKline as national counsel in litigation related to the anti-depressant medication Paxil, which involves allegations that the use of the drug increases the risk of suicidal behavior in adult patients. In addition, Los Angeles-based Alexander Calfo is acting as coordinating and trial counsel in California for Johnson & Johnson Consumer in the talc powder litigation, having recently defended the client against a plaintiff claiming she developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to the alleged asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products. Other clients include Halyard Health, Eli Lilly and Allergan. Senior counsel Chilton Varner in Atlanta is also recommended.

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