Andrew Kruppa chairs the Litigation Practice Group in Miami and focuses his practice on defending claims against manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Andy also maintains an active practice in international and commercial litigation involving a variety of industries. He has represented clients at trials in Florida, Indiana, New York, Ohio and South Carolina.

    Andy is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.

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    • Serving as defense trial counsel in the pelvic mesh litigation.
    • Serving as defense trial counsel in the hernia mesh litigation.
    • Serving as defense trial counsel in the knee replacement and revision litigation.
    • Handling the trial and successfully obtaining reversal of an adverse verdict by the Indiana Supreme Court of a multimillion-dollar wrongful death jury verdict by arguing that there was insufficient evidence of negligence by a major seatbelt manufacturer. Reported atTRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc. v. Moore, 936 N.E. 2d 201 (Ind. 2010).
    • Serving as trial counsel for a major seatbelt manufacturer against multiple claims including wrongful death and quadriplegia; the jury found the client not liable, although the client's co-defendant was held liable and ordered to pay a judgment of US$18 million.
    • Serving as lead trial counsel for an automotive supplier in a contested proceeding in the Chrysler Bankruptcy valued in excess of US$17 million.
    • Serving as trial counsel for a roadway construction company against a claim of negligence arising from a traffic crash resulting in traumatic brain injury.
    • Defending a retailer in a wrongful death action arising from a highway traffic accident.
    • Representing a health insurance company in a complex multimillion-dollar dispute with a state government over alleged legacy obligations of a company divested by the client.
    • Lead counsel for a public healthcare company and its CEO in defense of a securities fraud class action and related shareholder derivative suit.
    • Obtaining dismissal under the doctrine offorum non conveniens in a multimillion-dollar case arising from an allegation that our client failed to honor an agreement to use a sub-contractor in support of its bid to offer services to a foreign oil company.
    • Successfully obtaining dismissal of a declaratory judgment action by arguing that the case – which involved an insurance policy that was executed in England, among largely English companies, and was governed by English law – should be resolved by an English court. Reported atRolls-Royce Commercial Marine, Inc. v. New Hampshire Insurance Co./AIG Europe (UK) Ltd., Case No. 09-61329, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128925 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 7, 2010).
    • Successfully defeating attacks on the federal court’s subject matter jurisdiction, and then obtaining summary judgment of foreclosure and title out of foreclosure to the historic beachfront Traymore Hotel in South Beach on behalf of client SR South Beach One, LLC (a spinoff of New York private real estate investment firm Steep Rock Capital).
    • Obtaining summary judgment under the statute of limitations as applied under the Missouri borrowing statute for a seatbelt manufacturer in a case involving two wrongful death claims due to a rollover accident.
    • Obtaining a favorable settlement of behalf of three clients in three related lawsuits involving complex disputes over land development rights and responsibilities for a regional mall in Florida after defeating a motion for temporary injunction that would have resulted in the closing of an operating restaurant.
    • Counseling businesses on data breach prevention, response, and insurance issues.
    • Representing a trampoline manufacturer in a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that the client's trampolines do not infringe on a competitor's patents.
    • Representing a not-for-profit company in a lawsuit in the District of Puerto Rico against an insurance and bonding company for the company's failure to pay or perform under a surety bond that guaranteed a general contractor's obligation to construct a housing facility for the elderly.

    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi, 2000
    • Colby College, B.A., magna cum laude, distinction in major, 1997

    Admissions

    • New York, 2011
    • Florida, 2009
    • Ohio, 2000

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Florida
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of Florida
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Florida
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the Federal Bar Association the Dade County Bar Association 
    • Member of the Cuban American Bar Association 
    • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals

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    PRESENTATIONS

    • "How Safe is Your Data? Top Data Protection Issues Keeping Executives Awake at Night,"; Squire Sanders Client Seminar, May 22, 2014.
    • "Expert Witnesses: Prep, Depos, Exam and Cross - How to Get it Right," PINCUS Professional Education, Mar. 20, 2014.
    • "What Every Commercial Lawyer Needs to Know about FDUTPA and Civil Theft," Dade County Bench and Bar Conference, Feb. 28, 2014.
    • "Tires and Components: Putting It Together One Piece at a Time," the role of the tire and component parts supplier in litigation continues to evolve as the economy, new litigation tactics, and the relationships between OEMs and suppliers keep changing, ABA TIPS Conference, Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Apr. 5, 2013.

    PUBLICATIONS

    • Unmasking Anonymous Internet Misconduct, Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, July 2014.
    • Florida Revamps Data Security and Data Breach Statutes, co-authors Gary Timin and Rafael Langer-Osuna, May 2014.
    • Florida Supreme Court’s Recent Basulto Decision Serves as a Reminder to Review Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts, Squire Sanders Litigation Bulletin, March 2014.
    • Pending Supreme Court Cases Could Reshape the Scope of Federal Preemption of State Law Claims, co-authors Adam Fox and Rafael Langer-Osuna, Squire Sanders Litigation Update, 2010.
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