Andrew McDevitt is a 2010 graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, who joined Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger as an associate attorney in January of 2011. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as a law clerk for the Walkup firm.
While attending Hastings, Mr. McDevitt was a founding member and Executive Production Editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. He was also a member of the Hastings Trial Team, participating in four national trial competitions. Mr. McDevitt helped lead the team to a First Place finish in the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition and to the semi-finals of the 2009 California Association for Criminal Justice competition. During his final semester of law school, Mr. McDevitt served as a judicial extern to the Honorable A. James Robertson II of the San Francisco Superior Court.
Prior to attending Hastings, Mr. McDevitt graduated magna cum laude in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He achieved numerous academic honors, including being named to the President's List and Dean's List, invitation into Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies, and acceptance into the Golden Key International Honor Society. He was an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Mr. McDevitt was the first student to design and build carbon fiber wheels for the university's automotive racing team—Formula SAE.
He has worked on a broad spectrum of personal injury, including pediatric/obstetric cases involving midwife negligence, hospital negligence, and obstetrician negligence. He has collaborated with other Walkup attorneys on cases where newborns suffered injuries due to lack of oxygen to the brain, known as hypoxia or asphyxia, and cases where newborns suffer traumatic injuries.
Exemplar Verdicts and Settlements:
Kammerer v. Alimak Hek AB
Jury verdict - construction worker falls 50 feet from defective construction hoist
Hotel Guest v. Hotel
Jury Trial/Settlement (case resolved before closing arguments) – hotel guest suffered paralyzing neck injury in hotel hallway after spending evening in hotel bar
HMO Member v. Spine Surgeon
Arbitration/Settlement (case resolved after matter submitted to arbitrator) – patient paralyzed by untreated epidural hematoma that developed after patient underwent cervical discectomy
Motorcycle Rider v. California State Employee
Settlement - 25 year old crane mechanic sustains spinal cord injury during motorcycle accident in San Leandro
Surviving Parents v. MUNI
Settlement – 23-year-old daughter struck and killed by MUNI bus as she walked through an intersection in San Francisco
National Park Visitor v. Landscape Architect
Settlement (partial) - wife suffers catastrophic injuries during fall on outdoor stairs that lack handrail and violate building and design codes
Wrongful Death Heirs v. Truck Driver, Drivers
Settlement - big-rig breaks through median and blocks opposing traffic
Passenger v. Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc.
Settlement – 31-year-old taxi cab passenger lost an eye after driver struck him with tire iron during a fare dispute
$1,000,000 (policy limits)
Married Apartment Tenants v. Landlord
Settlement - Monterey couple suffers carbon monoxide poisoning from wall heater in apartment
Injury Family Members v. Driver and Caltrans
Settlement – driver traveling freeway speed on Interstate 80 crashed into back of SUV filled with 6 adult family members at bottleneck in roadway, causing severe injuries to one passenger (fractured pelvis, hips, & ribs) and minor/moderate injuries to others
Surviving Family v. MUNI
Settlement – 76-year-old mother of two died from brain hemorrhage after MUNI bus rear-ended her husband’s SUV
Surviving Husband and Infant Son v. Doctor of Patient who Fell Asleep While Driving
Settlement – Health and Safety Code 103900 suit against doctor who prescribed high doses of narcotics and marijuana to patient involved in head-on collision after he fell asleep at the wheel, killing 29-year-old mother and causing skull fracture to 9-month-old son
Wrongful Death Heirs v. Convenience Store
Settlement - 79-year-old woman dies after slip and fall
Pedestrian v. Driver
Settlement - 49 year old house cleaner sustains tibial plateau fracture after being struck by car while crossing street in San Rafael
Ludwig v. Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc.
Jury verdict- automobile strikes pedestrian then flees scene
Wrongful Death Heirs v. Driver
Settlement - automobile ricochets after collision and strikes homeless decedent
Ruchamkin v. Lee
Jury verdict - automobile strikes pedestrian in crosswalk