Andrew McDevitt

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Andrew McDevitt, a 2010 graduate from UC Hastings College of the Law, joined Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger as an associate attorney in January of 2011. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as a law clerk for the Walkup firm.

While attending Hastings, Mr. McDevitt was a founding member and Executive Production Editor of the Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. He was also a member of the Hastings Trial Team. He participated in four national trial competitions. Mr. McDevitt helped lead the team to a First Place finish in the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition in 2008. 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.

Before attending Hastings, Mr. McDevitt graduated magna cum laude in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He received numerous academic honors, including selection 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 the 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.

At the Walkup firm, Mr. McDevitt utilizes his mechanical engineering background in the representation of both person injury and wrongful death clients. He has worked on a broad spectrum of personal injury and wrongful death cases, with an emphasis on product liability, medical negligence, automobile defect and collision cases, trucking defect and collision cases, premises liability, governmental tort liability, and civil rights violations. 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 coach the Lowell High School Mock Trial Team. For 2013, he is serving as Secretary on the Bar Association of San Francisco's Committee for the BASF Delegation to the California Conference of Bar Associations. He is also serving on the Executive Committee for the Bar Association of San Francisco's Barristers Litigation Section.

Mr. McDevitt is one of several Walkup attorneys who coach the Lowell High School Mock Trial Team. He has also 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.

Exemplar Verdicts and Settlements:

Kammerer v. Alimak Hek AB
Jury verdict - construction worker falls 50 feet from defective construction hoist - $8,328,591

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 - $2,500,000

Wrongful Death Heirs v. Truck Driver, Drivers
Settlement - big-rig breaks through median and blocks opposing traffic - $1,100,000

Wrongful Death Heirs v. Convenience Store
Settlement - 79-year-old woman dies after slip and fall - $550,000

Ludwig v. Yellow Cab Cooperative Inc.
Jury verdict- automobile strikes pedestrian then flees scene - $416,894

Wrongful Death Heirs v. Driver
Settlement - automobile ricochets after collision and strikes decedent - $300,000

Ruchamkin v. Lee
Jury verdict - automobile strikes pedestrian in crosswalk - $180,500