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Andrew P. McDevitt

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Andrew’s practice focuses on wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases resulting from dangerous products, big-rig collisions, and automobile/motorcycle accidents. He also handles cases involving medical malpractice 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 was an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received numerous academic honors, including being named to the President’s List, the Dean’s List, an invitation into Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies, and acceptance into the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Thank you Andrew and Christian for all of your hard work.

My wife passed away due to many small mistakes that Kaiser made. When the time came for our arbitration, we finally got to see all the little details they had found against Kaiser. It was terrible what my wife went through but we won our case and more importantly, we got to see exactly what happened during the entire process. Thank you Andrew and Christian for all of your hard work.

Client

We were assisted by Andrew McDevitt at Walkup Melodia, and couldn't have been happier with his professionalism and attentiveness.

We were assisted by Andrew McDevitt at Walkup Melodia, and couldn't have been happier with his professionalism and attentiveness. Since we had never dealt with a lawsuit before, we were anxious and uncertain about the process. Andrew kept us well-informed, and was always responsive. To top it off, Andrew is a genuinely kind and personable guy--he was a real pleasure to work with (as was everyone else at the firm with whom we had contact.)

Client

Andrew has a very kind and professional attitude, that's full of compassion.

Andrew has a very kind and professional attitude, that's full of compassion. We were very pleased with Andrew's performance, support, professionalism and determination on our behalf. Throughout our case, Andrew was always very quick to respond,,, and was always patient in explaining the status, details, and development of our case. We thank and commend Andrew and his team of attorney's for truly being an advocate for our family. Thank You!

Client

Andrew persisted and ended up delivering a worthwhile settlement.

Andrew took my case from a referring attorney and lived up to the high expectations set. Despite a few key factors not going our way Andrew persisted and ended up delivering a worthwhile settlement. Andrew sets clear expectations, does well in preparing you for the worst, and ended up getting me what I needed. I would recommend the firm to anyone considering their services.

Client

I recommend Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger without reservation.

Matthew Davis, Andrew McDevitt, Kirsten Benzien and Ashley Freeman all treated me as if I were the only client. My calls and E-mails were always responded to quickly. My case was resolved fairly. I have referred clients to this firm and all were treated with the greatest care. I recommend Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger without reservation.

Client

Great support staff! I really like that he took the time to give me a comprehensive understanding of the case.

I entered into this experience with a lot of trepidation. That vanished after my first visit. Great support staff! I really like that he took the time to give me a comprehensive understanding of the case, both caveats and assurances, and this made me so much more comfortable in making decisions. By the reaction garnered among friends (including a judge in an adjacent county!) I conclude we did rather well and I walked away a very happy man.

Client

I'd recommend working with Andrew as he was very attentive throughout the case and very informative and helpful.

I worked with Andrew McDevitt after I was involved in a car accident. I'd recommend working with Andrew as he was very attentive throughout the case and very informative and helpful. He also helped cut down chiropractic fees which meant I received more money in the settlement. Thank you!

Client

Andrew Mcdevitt handled my case and is an excellent personal injury attorney.

Andrew Mcdevitt handled my case and is an excellent personal injury attorney. They take their profession seriously and use the best resources available. They had a very positive yet tactical relationship with the defense council in my case, which proved very beneficial. Although I hope to never use them again, I wouldn't hesitate if the situation warranted and would certainly recommend them to a friend or family member. I can also speak very highly of the rest of the team. Btw, they came recommended by a friend who is a corporate attorney and said this is the group they don't like to see.

Client

Andrew 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. 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, Andrew utilizes his mechanical engineering background in the representation of both personal injury and wrongful death clients. He used his technical background to assist clients injured from a wide variety of defective products. Andrew has achieved favorable settlements and verdicts for clients in product defect cases involving vehicle rollover and roof crush, safety belt failure, airbag malfunction, device explosions, elevator malfunction, and child car seat failure.

In 2016 Andrew was honored with the Outstanding Barrister Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco. Each year since 2017, Andrew has been recognized on the California Rising Stars list. Less than 2.5% of attorneys in the state receive the honor annually. Andrew was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation.

Exemplar Verdicts and Settlements

  • Surviving Family Members v. Product Manufacturers – Settlement – wrongful death following vehicle fire $18,250,000
  • Vehicle Occupant v. Product Manufacturers – Settlement – SUV rollover / paralysis $12,500,000
  • Kammerer v. Alimak Hek AB – Jury verdict – construction worker falls 50 feet from defective construction hoist $8,328,591
  • Skier v. Ski Resort – Settlement – premises liability / traumatic brain injury $8,000,000
  • Employee v. Semiconductor Manufacturer – Settlement – defective product explosion $7,500,000
  • 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 $7,250,000
  • 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 $6,500,000
  • Motorcycle Rider v. California State Employee – Settlement – spinal cord injury during motorcycle accident $5,750,000
  • Surviving Parents v. MUNI – Settlement – wrongful death $2,850,000
  • National Park Visitor v. Landscape Architect – Settlement (partial) – catastrophic injuries during fall on staircase $2,500,000
  • Wrongful Death Heirs v. Truck Driver – Settlement – big rig crash $1,100,000
  • Passenger v. Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc. – Settlement – assault by driver $1,000,000 (policy limits)
  • Married Apartment Tenants v. Landlord – Settlement – carbon monoxide $850,000
  • Pedestrian v. Driver – Settlement – tibial plateau fracture after being struck by car $500,000
  • Ludwig v. Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc.–Jury Verdict – automobile strikes pedestrian then flees scene $416,894
  • Ruchamkin v. Lee – Jury Verdict – automobile strikes pedestrian in crosswalk $180,500

Community Involvement

From the founding of our firm in the 1960s up through the present, Walkup team members have consistently contributed to the welfare and improvement of the people and communities of the Bay Area and Northern California.

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Areas of Practice

    • Personal Injury
    • Wrongful Death Cases
    • Product Liability
    • Medical Negligence
    • Automobile Defect and Collision Cases
    • Trucking Defect and Collision Cases
    • Governmental Tort Liability
    • Civil Rights
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Dangerous Products
    • Police Shootings
    • Ski Accidents
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Big-Rig Collisions
    • Automobile/Motorcycle Accidents
    • Negligent Security
    • Premises liability

Education

    • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
      • J.D. – 2010
      • Law Journal: Hastings Science & Technology, Executive Production Editor
    • California Polytechnic State University
      • Mechanical Engineering magna cum laude
      • Honors: Dean’s List

Honors and Awards

    • Bar Association of San Francisco: Outstanding Barrister Award, 2016
    • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars List, 2017-2022
    • Best Lawyers: The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation, 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Bar Association of San Francisco’s Committee for the BASF Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations, Secretary
    • Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Litigation Section, Executive Committee
    • Hastings Trial Team, Member

Fraternities/Sororities

    • Phi Tau Sigma
    • Tau Beta Pi

Pro Bono Activities

    • Coach, Lowell High School Mock Trial Team, 2012 – 2013

Past Employment Positions

    • Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, Law Clerk, 2008 – 2010
    • Honorable A. James Robertson II of the San Francisco Superior Court, Judicial Extern