As an associate on case teams that handle Engle-Progeny cases in Florida and smoking-and-health cases in Nevada, Andre is responsible for the pre-trial preparation of numerous cases. His responsibilities include developing overall case strategy, ensuring compliance with pre-trial deadlines, responding to pleadings, and responding to and drafting written discovery requests. Andre also identifies and deposes fact witnesses.
Andre also spends a significant amount of time analyzing and briefing complex legal issues as an associate in Shook’s Legal Issues Group. Since 2018, Andre has drafted hundreds of pre-trial and post-trial briefs in smoking-and-health cases. His concise and effective writing has resulted in favorable outcomes for his clients by excluding unreliable expert testimony and disposing of meritless claims in their entirety. Andre also routinely provides around-the-clock remote legal issues support to trial teams in smoking-and-health cases.
As a member of multiple trial teams, Andre has substantial experience preparing trial strategy plans, opening statements, closing arguments, direct-examinations, cross-examinations and deposition designations.
In addition to his product liability work, Andre is dedicated to pro bono and has had the privilege of representing individuals in several section 1983 lawsuits. Andre has also served as a supervising attorney for Shook’s summer associate program and mentors junior associates.
During law school, Andre served as a judicial intern for The Hon. Robert E. Larsen, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. He also completed an externship with the Department of Justice at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri. Andre was chosen as a Shook Diversity Writing Scholar in the fall of 2015. He also received numerous awards for his in court advocacy in moot court and mock trial competitions.