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Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Andy McGaan is a nationally recognized trial lawyer: Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; named one of “the nation’s best litigators,” National Law Journal Special Report, “Winning: Successful Litigators, Powerful Strategies” (2011); American Lawyer, “Litigator of the Week” for defense verdict in City of St. Louis v. American Tobacco (5/5/11); Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business nationwide (“fantastic to work with”; “tenacity in the courtroom,” the “whole package”); Benchmark Litigation Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (“Bankruptcy star Andrew McGaan…’belongs on any bankruptcy litigator list'”); The Legal 500 “Hall of Fame” (2017); Law360 “Product Liability MVP” (2011); defense verdict in Mash v. Brown & Williamson profiled in Crain’s Chicago Business among most prominent of 2004.


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

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United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)

(Hall of Fame)

Andrew McGaanKirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is particularly adept at handling high-stakes product liability and mass tort disputes with potentially reputation threatening consequences for the defendants. As well as the firm’s ability to provide ‘highly strategic‘ guidance, it is also well-versed in understanding and explaining often highly complex technical and scientific issues, including in MDLs for generic pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies. The firm’s Chicago headquarters contain a particularly strong concentration of prominent product liability litigators, including Renee SmithRobert Ellis and the vastly experienced Andrew McGaan.