Mike AndrewsMontgomery, AL
Mike Andrews joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in 1998, working in the Products Liability and Personal Injury Section.
The majority of his practice deals with complex product liability cases involving serious injury or death. He has handled several cases against manufacturers of aircraft, light and heavy trucks, automobiles, and agricultural and construction equipment, and he has received several seven- and eight-figure settlements and verdicts.
Mike enjoys highly technical cases and has a particular passion for working on behalf of injured children along with an interest in cases involving traumatic brain injuries.
Mike was instrumental in the litigation related to General Motors (GM) defective ignition switches. The switches can move from the “run” to the “accessory” or “off” position while the vehicle is in operation, resulting in a loss of power. This disables power steering, brakes, and can disable the airbags, just when a motorist needs them most. Drivers may lose control of the vehicle and crash. GM began recalling cars in February 2014, although evidence indicates the manufacturer may have known about the problem as early as 2001. Mike handled cases that involved serious injuries and death as a result of these defective ignition switches.
On Sept. 2, 2015, Mike and partner Kendall Dunson received an $8 million verdict on behalf of a nurse who was seriously injured in a car accident involving a 2004 Volkswagen Passat. In that case, a federal court jury found that the Honeywell turbocharger in the Passat was defective and dangerous in that it allowed oil to leak through the turbocharger compressor seal. As a result, the diesel engine ingested the oil and resulted in an uncontrolled vehicle runaway. Medical expenses exceeded $650,000. The jury award included $1 million for the husband for loss of consortium.
On March 20, 2015, Mike was on the trial team that received a verdict in Mobile for a young man paralyzed in a heavy truck rollover. The jury awarded $18.8 million, $5 million of which were punitive damages. The trial team entered into a high/low agreement while the jury deliberated, resulting in a payment to the client of $14 million. There were partial settlements before trial for confidential amounts.
Mike also has a particular interest in cases involving Traumatic Brain Injury. TBI results from a blow to the head from repeated concussions as well as severe head injuries. While the physical injury related to a head trauma may be diagnosed visibly, many people do not realize they are suffering from a TBI and may have what are often called “invisible symptoms.” These may include memory loss, depression, aggression, suicidal thoughts, even body temperature and sensation issues.
Awards and Recognitions
Mike is a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated attorney. He was selected as Beasley Allen’s 2017 Litigator of the Year and was selected as the 2015 Beasley Allen Lawyer of the Year for the Products Liability Section.
Mike was recently named by the National Trial Lawyers to the Top 10 Aviation Attorneys in the United States. Membership is by invitation only and is extended to the most qualified attorneys for each state or region.
Mike graduated cum laude from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones Law School in 2001. While attending Jones, he served two terms as a member of the Law Review Board; he held a position as senator in the Student Bar Association; he was the President of the Kenneth F. Ingram Senate of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity; and he was the Chief Justice of the Student Bar Honor Court. He was recognized for Best Scholastic Achievement in Contracts and Criminal Law, and he was also the recipient of the West Publishing Corpus Juris Secundum Award for academic excellence.
Mike currently serves on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Transportation Safety Advisory Board, Board of Directors for Houston County Girls Inc. and is the President of the Board of Directors for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation.
He and his wife, the former Carol Benton, were reared in Dothan, Alabama. They have three children: Shelby, David Michael II and Jack. Mike and his family attend First Baptist Church in Dothan. Also of note, Mike is a photographer whose work has received both local and national awards.
Boeing 737: What Went WrongMike Andrews, Principal Attorney, discusses Boeing 737 and what went wrong.
Mike Andrews, a lawyer in the firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability section, focuses much of his practice on aviation accident litigation. He has represented people seriously injured in aviation crashes, and the family of those killed in both civilian and military airplane crashes and helicopter crashes. Currently, Mike represents family members of victims in the Ethiopian crash.
He also has written a book on the subject to assist other aviation lawyers, “Aviation Litigation & Accident Investigation.” The book offers an overview to the practitioner about the complexities of aviation crash investigation and litigation. Specifically, it looks at aviation industry regulations and complex defenses and provides basic instruction on preserving evidence, insight into legal issues associated with aviation claims, and anecdotal instances of military and civilian crashes.
Two separate Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes – one involving Lion Air and the other Ethiopian Airlines – killed 346 people in a span of less than five months. The Lion Air crash occurred in October 2018, and the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed in March 2019. The two aircraft were new and preliminary investigations into the deadly crashes show alarming similarities. They both point to the malfunctioning Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) or the automated flight control system. There may be potential claims against Boeing Company, the plane’s manufacturer, and the airline. Beasley Allen’s Mike Andrews, who focuses his practice on aviation accident litigation, investigates the airplane crashes on behalf of families of the Ethiopian Airlines victims.
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