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Meet Our Attorneys

Andy Vickery

Education

University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
Doctorate of Jurisprudence – 1972
Honors: Class Rank Top 10%
Law Review: Georgia Law Review, Articles Editor

Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut
Bachelor of Business Administration – 1969
Major: American Studies

Past Employment Positions

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Law Clerk to Chief Judge John R. Brown, 1972 – 1973

Stationed at the Pentagon as Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army, 1973 – 1976

Fulbright & Jaworski, Litigation Associate, 1976 – 1978

Private Practice, 1978 – present

About Andy

For nearly 30 years, my focus has been primarily on national pharmaceutical litigation and serious personal injury cases. In 1997, I was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization which is composed of both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel. It is one of the few organizations in the legal profession that you can’t simply join; you have to be invited by your peers. My rank of “Advocate” means that, as of that time, I had tried in excess of 50 jury cases through to verdict.

“I am proud to be a trial lawyer. For the majority of my career in Texas, I have had the honor and privilege of representing families who have lost a loved one, people who have been injured, and small business owners who have been victimized by predatory competitors.”

In the summer of 2002, I spent 22 days in TRIAL LAWYERS’ COLLEGE at Gerry Spence’s ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Gerry, my second mentor in 30 years of law practice, re-emphasized three basic tenets that I try to follow in my law practice: (1) Listen to your client with both your ears and all of your heart, (2) Tell their story – passionately but honestly; and then (3) completely trust the jury to do the right thing. After graduating from Trial Lawyers College, I have now served for several years on the Faculty of the College.

Jury verdicts change society. I am proud to say that I have been involved in several jury verdicts that I like to think are quite significant in the world of pharmaceutical litigation. One of which is Tobin vs. SmithKline – On June 6, 2001, a Wyoming jury found in favor of the plaintiff with a liability verdict against SmithKline. This was an important verdict returned against a pharmaceutical company in a trial about the adverse behavioral effects of a psychotropic drug. In 2004, the FDA mandated black box warnings about the risk of antidepressant-induced suicidality, which SmithKline had denied but which we proved to exist in the Tobin case.