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With more than 23 years’ experience, Andy Cooke is an integral part of our team. He focuses his practice on product litigation, commercial and business litigation – a leader in complex trials.

What should his clients expect? “Reliability. Preparation. Communication. Responsible Counsel. Local Knowledge. And no surprises.”

Andy has helped his clients obtain defense verdicts in tough cases, and he always works to find efficient resolutions where possible to avoid protracted and expensive litigation. His trial practice focuses on counseling some of the world’s most renowned companies in product litigation, commercial litigation, mass tort, and class action matters among others. Whether hired to prevent a dispute, to resolve one by agreement, or to win the dispute at trial, Andy strives to take care of his clients’ concerns. In litigation, his approach quickly informs the trial decision and the strategy in the case — producing the best possibility for efficiency and success.

Andy practices before all West Virginia Trial Courts, the United States District Courts, Federal Appeals Courts, and where admitted pro hac vice outside of West Virginia. He has tried cases to jury verdicts for his clients in State and Federal Courts, inside and outside of West Virginia.

Practice Concentrations:

  • Product Litigation
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Automotive Warranty Litigation
  • FELA and Employment Litigation
  • Complex Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation

Education:

  • J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1994)
  • B.S., Davidson College (1990)
  • Business Professional Course (37), The Aji Network (2007)

Court Admissions:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Reported Cases:

  • Hyundai Motor Co. v. Duncan, 766 S.E.2d 893, 2015 Va. LEXIS 3, Prod. Liab. P19,539 (Va. 2015)
  • Waller v. Ford Motor Co., 2008 WL 8129681(W.Va. Cir. Ct.)
  • Frye v. Boxley Aggregates of West Virginia, L.L.C., 2006 WL 1789016 (S.D.W.Va. June 27, 2006) (Civ. Act. No. 5:04-0650)
  • Shatz v. Ford Motor Co., 412 F.Supp.2d 581 (N.D.W.Va. 2006)
  • In re Tobacco Litigation, 218 W.Va. 301, 624 S.E.2d 738 (2005)
  • Bennett v. Asco Services, Inc., 218 W.Va. 41, 621 S.E.2d 710 (2005)
  • State ex rel Vedder v. Zakaib, 217 W.Va. 528, 618 S.E.2d 537 (2005)
  • Fleeman v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., 288 F.Supp.2d 726 (S.D.W.Va. 2003)
  • Wise v. Travelers Indemnity Co., 192 F.Supp.2d 506 (N.D.W.Va. 2002)
  • Rhoades v. West Virginia Credit Bureau Reporting Services, Inc., 96 F.Supp.2d 528 (S.D.W.Va. 2000)
  • Rule v. Ford Receivables, Inc., 36 F.Supp.2d 335 (S.D.W.Va. 1999)

Professional Involvement:

  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
    • Testified before Federal Rules Advisory Committee, Phoenix, AZ (2014)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Kanawha County Bar Association

Community Involvement:

  • Former Director, Special Olympics of West Virginia
  • Trustee, The Clay Center
  • Past-President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Kanawha/Putnam Area
  • Elder, Kanawha United Presbyterian Church
  • Former Director, Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center
  • Advisor to Trustee, Kanawha Presbyterian Endowment Fund
  • Director, KV Homes – WV Homes – Agsten Homes

Awards & Honors:

  • Listed, Chambers USA (Litigation: General Commercial), 2014 – Present
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2012 – Present
    • 2015  Lawyer of the Year – Charleston, WV – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • 2018 – Lawyer of the Year – Charleston, WV – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Peer Review Rated BV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • West Virginia Super Lawyers (2009-2011)
    • Business Litigation
    • Personal Injury Defense: Products
  • George D. Hott Scholarship (1992-1994)

Teaching & Lecturing:

  • Speaker, Evidence in the West Virginia Courtroom, National Business Institute (2001)
  • Speaker, Current Developments in Product Liability, National Business Institute (2000)

Writings & Publications:

  • Modern Products Liability Law in West Virginia, 113 West Virginia Law Review 417 (2011)
  • Evidence in the West Virginia Courtroom, National Business Institute (2001)
  • Current Developments in Product Liability, National Business Institute (2000)
  • A Test for the Admissibility of OSIs in West Virginia Product Litigation, WVDTC (2000)