Andy Crowder

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 612 321 2276
United States
T:+1 612 321 2276
Andy Crowder

Andy Crowder


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Andy Crowder's practice focuses on product liability and commercial litigation, including defending international manufacturers against claims of all types in state and federal court, complex arbitrations and on appeal. His experience includes claims involving manufacturers of aviation, automotive, industrial, high-tech, food, oil and  gas and consumer products. Andy also has experience representing large healthcare insurance companies in the US, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in disputes across the country.

Andy began his legal career serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ludington of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to law school, Andy was an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in Chicago and he maintains an active pro bono practice focused on at-risk youth.

Professional experience

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  • JD, cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 2012
  • BA, cum laude, Psychology and Communications, Hope College, 2007
  • Illinois State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Represents pet food manufacturer alleging fraud and RICO claims against suppliers based on criminal scheme to defraud.
  • Represents US multinational managed healthcare and insurance company entities in non-compete matter involving former employee and breach of restrictive covenants.
  • Represents an online technology retail company in case alleging strict products liability for batteries sold on the company website and in case alleging strict products liability for products sold on online.
  • Successfully challenged as unconstitutional 125-year-old pardon statute requiring unanimous vote to pardon.
  • Obtained successful settlement on behalf of siding manufacturer after defeating plaintiffs' attempts to certify a class action lawsuit.
  • Obtained successful settlement on behalf of home insulation manufacturer defending against negligence, strict liability, and alleged punitive damages claims.
  • Secured Eighth Circuit reversal of district court's orders remanding numerous cases to state court arising out of manufacture of hearing protection products.
  • Briefed and argued constitutional issue of first impression before Minnesota Supreme Court concerning Minnesota's pardon board statutes.
  • Briefed and argued bankruptcy appeal before Ninth Circuit; in its written opinion, the Ninth Circuit panel recognized Andy's advocacy as "excellent." See 649 F. App'x 583 (9th Cir. 2016).
  • Author, "Litigation Nightmares: How to Tame Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation," ACC Docket, May 2020
  • Author, "7 Strategies to an MDL Victory,", April 2020
  • Author, "Using data to assess past and plan future," Minnesota Lawyer Volume 92, No. 69, January 21, 2019
  • Author, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Minnesota Lawyer Volume 92 No. 59, December 17, 2018
  • Author, "Good references are simply not enough," Minnesota Lawyer Volume 92, August 21, 2018
  • Author, "What you need to know about 3-D printing and product liability," Industry Week, April 19, 2017
  • "Third-Party Litigation Funding—Apparently here to stay, but what about Minnesota?," Hennepin County Bar Association, October 16, 2018
  • "Global E-Discovery Challenges: Navigating the risks presented by multi-language data," Webinar, March 28, 2017
  • Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, Commissioner and Treasurer, 2020 – Present