Andrew G. May



  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (J.D., 2009), magna cum laude
  • Colgate University (B.A., 2005), magna cum laude

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Andrew is a trial and appellate lawyer in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. With broad experience and a comprehensive understanding of all phases of the commercial litigation process, Andrew is able to deliver dynamic solutions to complex legal problems.

Andrew’s practice is national in scope and encompasses a wide array of litigation matters. Some areas of particular concentration include defending and counseling media entities with respect to defamation and related claims, representing companies in commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims and business torts, and advising policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. As reflected in his representative experience, Andrew has played key roles in driving favorable results for clients in a number of significant matters. He has drafted and argued dispositive motions, taken and defended depositions, assisted trial teams in securing favorable results, and successfully advocated before appellate courts throughout the country.

Andrew has been consistently recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” from 2014 to 2018.

Andrew is firmly committed to pro bono work and is a member of the firm’s pro bono committee. In 2013, Andrew received the firm’s Pro Bono Excellence in Service Award by nomination of his peers. In recognition of his pro bono achievements, Andrew was selected to serve as a member of the Certificates of Rehabilitations Subcommittee for the Illinois Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission in 2016.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of aircraft owner in dispute over title to a World War II-era fighter plane. Greenhill v. Vartanian, No. 15-cv-09585, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186706 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 13, 2017).
  • Successfully argued appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court and obtained ruling in favor of insured precluding insurer from attempting to terminate its defense and indemnity obligations for mass tort case involving damage to frozen sperm samples. Sentry Ins. v. Continental Cas. Co., et al., 2017 IL App (1st) 161785, 74 N.E.3d 1110 (2017).
  • Obtained reversal in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals of district court’s dismissal of shareholders’ claim for breach of stock agreement. Kmak v. American Century, 754 F.3d 513 (8th Cir. 2014).
  • Successfully advocated on behalf of newspaper seeking public access to sealed documents relating to alleged asbestos fraud by members of the plaintiffs’ bar. Legal Newsline v. Garlock Sealing Technologies, 518 B.R. 358 (W.D.N.C. 2014).
  • Represented Governor of the State of Illinois in defending against claims challenging the constitutionality of Governor’s use of executive veto power.
  • Represented biotechnology company in obtaining dismissal of petition to vacate arbitration award and successfully defended dismissal before the Illinois Appellate Court. Valent BioSciences v. Kim-C1, LLC, 351 Ill. Dec, 952 N.E.2d 657 (1st Dist. 2011).
  • Obtained judgment on the pleadings on behalf of municipality in 1.7 million insurance coverage dispute. Fox v. Will County, 1:04-cv-07309, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115255 (N.D. Ill Aug. 15, 2012).
  • Represented newspaper in obtaining dismissal of claims for defamation. Monge v. Madison County Record, Inc., 802 F. Supp. 2d 1327 (N.D. Ga. 2011).
  • Assisted trial team with prosecution of claims for fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and defamation during five-week jury trial in federal court involving more than $575 million in controversy.
  • Assisted trial team in securing favorable jury verdict in federal court on behalf of national bank accused of knowingly participating in the embezzlement scheme of a fiduciary.
  • Represented international bank in obtaining dismissal on personal jurisdiction grounds of claims arising out of alleged Ponzi-scheme.
  • Represented propane valve manufacturer in obtaining favorable settlement in products liability lawsuit.
  • Represented health insurers in defending against claims for ERISA benefits brought by members of employee welfare benefit plans.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in litigation involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy arising out of the purchase, development and resale of a large real estate parcel.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit