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Andrew McGaan

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Veteran trial lawyer with deep experience trying a wide variety of jury and non-jury cases throughout the United States, involving product liability, commercial and major restructuring disputes. Profiled in National Law Journal’s “Winning,” an annual survey of “the nation’s best litigators.” Benchmark Litigation and Bankruptcy Star (2013-2016).


Fellow - Litigation Counsel of America; American Bar Association; International Association of Defense Counsel.


Cornell University, J.D., 1986 magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi; Cornell University, A.B., 1983.

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Among the best for highly complex and potentially "bet the company" legal issues’, Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s litigation team is ‘client-oriented, creative and smart’. With 500 attorneys in the litigation practice firmwide, it is one of the largest groups in the market. Of particular note is the team’s broad experience in state and federal courts - including at appellate level - and in arbitration proceedings. A team that includes Mark Filip, Donna Welch, Leslie Smith and Jennifer Levy is representing Allergan in the closely watched opioids investigations, which span state and federal governmental investigations, congressional inquiries and civil lawsuits. Elsewhere, James Hurst and Andrew Kassof secured a victory for Abbott Laboratories in a False Claims Act (FCA) jury trial in the Northern District of Texas, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit in May 2017. Richard Godfrey is a ‘brilliant class action lawyer’. Andrew McGaan and Washington DC-based Eugene Assaf are also recommended. Above-named partners are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated. In April 2018, star litigator Sandra Goldstein joined from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

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

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Andrew McGaan - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s product liability and mass tort practice handles MDLs and class actions for manufacturers and distributors. In recent work, Chicago-based Richard Godfrey obtained class settlement for L3Technologies in a class action suit involving allegedly defective military and consumer rifle accessories. In Washington DC, Eugene Assaf and Edwin U continue to represent Henkel in an MDL, involving unfair and deceptive trade practices claims in relation to the effectiveness of the Dial Complete line of antibacterial soaps. Chicago-based Andrew McGaan is another key figure in the department. In July 2017, Matthew Papez departed to Jones Day.

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