Andrew's practice focuses on wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases resulting from dangerous products, police shootings, ski accidents, medical malpractice, big-rig collisions, and automobile/motorcycle accidents. He also handles cases involving negligent security, premises liability, and dangerous conditions of property.
Clients describe Andrew as compassionate, hard-working, creative and effective.
Andrew graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He received numerous academic honors, including being named to the President's List, the 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.
Mr. McDevitt attended law school at UC Hastings, where he served as Executive Production Editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. He was also a member of the Hastings Trial Team. Andrew helped lead the team to a First Place finish in the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition and to the semi-finals the California Association for Criminal Justice tournament. 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.
At the Walkup firm, Mr. McDevitt utilizes his mechanical engineering background in the representation of both personal injury and wrongful death clients. He has participated in trial advocacy seminars sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Mr. McDevitt is one of several Walkup attorneys who coached the Lowell High School Mock Trial Team, helping them become San Francisco city champions and reach the state finals in 2012 and 2014. He served as Secretary and Vice Chair on the Bar Association of San Francisco's Committee for the BASF Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations and is Chair of the Delegation for 2015. He is also serving on the Executive Committee for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Barristers Litigation Section.
Exemplar Verdicts and Settlements:
Teenage Passenger v. Automobile and Aftermarket Accessory Manufacturers
Settlement - high school student suffered a paralyzing neck injury during a single vehicle SUV rollover crash
Kammerer v. Alimak Hek AB
Jury verdict - construction worker falls 50 feet from defective construction hoist
Employee v. Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer
Settlement - 45-year-old technician sustained severe chemical burns to his face and upper body when a machine filled with toxic substances exploded as client entered room where it was located
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