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Andrew Chamberlin is a trial attorney with a broad national and international practice. Andrew has litigated product liability and catastrophic injury defense cases for a variety of corporations and handled the prosecution and defense of commercial, construction, and intellectual property disputes. He has appeared in state and federal courts across the United States in his role as counsel for various entities.

Andrew understands the value of being “appropriately aggressive.” He strives to understand the business and legal aspects of a given dispute to craft a path that serves the client’s best interests. Though he has tried “bet the company” jury trials, he is equally ready consider a range of business and legal alternatives. Andrew understands that the best outcome for the client is not always achieved through a favorable verdict; it is possible to win the battle but lose the war.

The key is to balance the benefits of going to trial, against the inherent litigation and business risk of engaging in a dispute in a public forum. Andrew has developed a highly tailored approach to litigation that is considerate of his client’s specific needs, particularly with respect to European multinational corporations that operate globally and are subject to cultural and market pressures that differ from domestic corporations.  His innovative thinking is best illustrated by his success in obtaining a highly influential discovery ruling that permits simultaneous compliance with the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the French Blocking Statute. See Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District v. Trench France SAS, et al., 303 F. Supp. 1004 (2018).

Andrew prefers to build a partnership with each client that allows him to gain proper insight into the operation of their business, their tolerance for litigation risk, and the best available outcome.  In appropriate circumstance, Andrew has helped implement pre-litigation investigations and settlement programs for clients facing product issues, allowing them to resolve their disputes and maintain their business reputation without proceeding to litigation or trial.

Andrew is actively involved in the global legal community. He was recently installed as President-Elect of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), which is composed of the world’s leading corporate and insurance attorneys and insurance executives. Andrew’s recent work has included ICC proceedings, cross-border document collections and discovery issues, disputes related to the French blocking statute, and GDPR compliance. Additionally, he served as a faculty member for the 2014 IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University. He has also served as an invited speaker on Rule 702, catastrophic event investigation, the trial of a complex case, and the application of technology to the practice of law. He recently co-authored  “The Effective Deponent: Preventing Amygdala Hijack During Witness Testimony” published in For the Defense, June 2018.

Andrew is also involved in his community.  Andrew has served as President of First Lutheran Church, Board Chair of Greensboro Urban Ministry, and President of the North Carolina Fusion soccer club.  An advocate for the poor and the homeless, Andrew has co-led a weekly breakfast for the homeless for 14 years. 

Andrew is married with two college-age daughters, and he enjoys spending most of his free time with family. He also loves to travel and enjoys all forms of exercise, though he wishes the benefits of his hard work were more obvious!


Legal Assistant

Susan Whitney

Direct: 336-217-4087

E-mail: susan.whitney@elliswinters.com

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 1990
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Member, 1989 – 1990
  • B.A., University of Georgia, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships and Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, President 2020, Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Past Board Member
  • DRI
  • Greensboro Urban Ministry, Past Board Chair
  • Greensboro United Soccer Association, Past Board Secretary
  • North Carolina Soccer Fusion, Past President
  • First Lutheran Church, Greensboro, Past President

Updates

Aug 1, 2019 Leslie Packer and Andrew Chamberlin Selected as Top NC Product Liability Lawyers
Jul 23, 2019 Andrew Chamberlin Installed as IADC President-Elect
Aug 15, 2018 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jun 25, 2018 DRI – The Effective Deponent: Preventing Amygdala Hijack During Witness Testimony – Co-Authored by Andrew Chamberlin
May 7, 2018 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Play Major Role in Obtaining Summary Judgment in a Wrongful Death Product Liability and Successor Liability Case in Federal Court in North Carolina
Apr 30, 2018 Ellis & Winters LLP Obtains Protective Order on Behalf of French Client to Avoid International Discovery Conflict
Apr 2, 2018 Leslie Packer and Andrew Chamberlin Honored by International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers 2018
Jan 30, 2018 Twenty-Two Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 20, 2017 Twenty-Three Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 2, 2017 Eight Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2017 Legal Elite & Hall of Fame
Nov 4, 2016 Ellis & Winters Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2017
Oct 25, 2016 Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel
Aug 16, 2016 Leslie Packer and Andrew Chamberlin Honored by International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers 2016
Jul 26, 2016 Andrew S. Chamberlin Named To IADC Board Of Directors
Jan 25, 2016 Twenty Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Oct 19, 2015 Ten Ellis & Winters Partners Included in Benchmark Litigation 2016
Aug 17, 2015 Twelve Ellis & Winters Partners Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jan 21, 2015 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Dec 29, 2014 The Greensboro Office of Ellis & Winters Relocates to Wells Fargo Tower
Oct 28, 2014 Eight Ellis & Winters Lawyers Included in Benchmark Litigation 2015
Aug 18, 2014 Thirteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jun 19, 2014 Ellis & Winters Lawyers Speak at NCADA Annual Meeting
May 23, 2014 Ellis & Winters Wins Dismissal in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
May 5, 2014 Leslie Packer and Andrew Chamberlin Honored by International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers 2014
Mar 28, 2014 Ellis & Winters Representatives Speak at 2014 NCBA Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Section Annual Meeting
Jan 21, 2014 Seventeen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Aug 15, 2013 12 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jan 31, 2013 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Mar 10, 2011 Ten Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2011 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Jan 21, 2011 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Jan 5, 2010 Six Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2010 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Feb 4, 2009 Eleven Ellis & Winters attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Jan 6, 2009 Business North Carolina magazine names Ellis & Winters attorneys as “Legal Elite” for 2009
Sep 7, 2007 Ellis & Winters attorneys make The Best Lawyers in America 2008
Jun 24, 2006 Chamberlin named as vice chair of the NCADA’s Commercial Litigation Committee

Presentations/Publications

Awards/Recognition

  • 2014 IADC Trial Academy, Faculty Member, Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, CA
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2005 – 2020)
  • International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2013 – 2020)
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star (2015 – 2020)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Civil Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation (2005 – 2020)