Andrew Christopher Efaw (aka "Ace") is a trial-tested attorney with extensive experience. His national practice focuses on complex cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Ace handles a variety of intricate commercial and franchise cases, defends hospitals and doctors against medical malpractice claims, represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies against product liability claims, and has significant negotiation experience. Ace brings a distinctive intellectual rigor to each case,  has a record of entering cases and uncovering game-changing facts, and has represented clients in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Ace is a Colonel in U.S. Army Reserve and has twice deployed to combat zones. In 2004-2005, Ace served in Iraq, trying cases as the Senior Defense Counsel of Northern Iraq. Ace was a Military Judge from 2007-2013 and presided over cases in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Germany. In 2012, he served as the Army judge for Afghanistan and Kuwait. Currently, Ace commands the 2d Legal Operations Detachment in New Orleans.

Following is a representative sampling of cases Ace has handled:

HEALTHCARE

  • Taylor v. Solvay (Colorado) – Ace was a key member of the legal team that defended a pharmaceutical company that made a drug taken by one of the killers at Columbine High School.
  • Wilson v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Arkansas)- Ace defended a pharmaceutical company against claims that Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in Plaintiff resulted from use of medication. Ace's work and negotiation led to a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Anderson v. Pfizer Inc (North Dakota) – Ace defended a pharmaceutical company against claims that a convicted murderer's actions were induced by prescription medication. Ace's work led to the plaintiff dismissing the case after 18 months of intense litigation.
  • Singh v. Edwards LifeSciences Corp. (California) – Ace is defending a medical device company facing allegations that its product catastrophically injured a patient's heart.

 COMMERCIAL & FRANCHISE

  • Herndon v. Flamingo Casino (Nevada) – Ace defended a Las Vegas casino against allegations that one of its customers fell, hit his head, and suffered a serious brain injury.
  • Quality, Inc. v. Mitsubishi (Colorado) – Ace defended a major automotive manufacturer and helped guide the company to a successful settlement of a contract dispute with one of its franchisees.
  • Stiegler v. Mercedes-Benz (California) – Ace handled direct and cross examinations and expert witnesses as part of the team that successfully defended a major automobile manufacturer before a Los Angeles jury. The counterclaims awarded resulted in a multimillion-dollar defense verdict.

PUBLIC INTEREST 

  • Conroy v. Dennis (Colorado) – Along with other WTO partners, Ace successfully tried this public interest case, proving that electronic voting systems were not tested and certified in accordance with Colorado law. The case led to major changes in Colorado election law. 
  • United States v. Brown (Washington) – As senior trial counsel, Ace led a team prosecuting the murder of a Fort Lewis soldier. The defendant received a life sentence without possibility of parole.
  • United States v. Guiza (Kuwait) – Ace's defense strategy resulted in a jury acquitting a soldier of rape and retaining him in the Army.

Other Experience
Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army
    Colonel
    Military Judge, Afghanistan
    Senior Defense Counsel, Northern Iraq
    Senior Trial Counsel, Fort Lewis, Washington

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Best Lawyers
    
Professional Malpractice Law, 2013-2014
Colorado Super Lawyers
    General Litigation, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado
    Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2014
American Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
United States Army Military Judge

Personal Interests
Family
Film noir
Classic jazz
Great books
Running

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Best Lawyers
    
Professional Malpractice Law, 2013-2014
Colorado Super Lawyers
    General Litigation, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado
    Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Benchmark Litigation
    Future Star - Colorado, 2014
American Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
United States Army Military Judge
Personal Interests
Family
Film noir
Classic jazz
Great books
Running
Articles/Presentations
  • "Defending Suicide: Investigating and Defending a High Profile Event," presented at the Colorado Healthcare Associated Risk Managers (CHARM) Conference, Denver, CO (March 2013)
  • Medical Malpractice Cases, Practical Advice and Winning Strategies: Defending Against Plaintiff's Case, presented at the Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO (March 2013)
  • "Attorney Ethics: Solving Dilemmas," presented to attorneys at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan (Oct. 16, 2012)
  • "Judicial Ethics: Solutions" at Joint Military Judges Annual Training (JMJAT) presented at National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada (Sept. 20, 2012)
  • "Search & Seizure; Selected Problems," Guest Lecturer, Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice Professional, Central Texas College at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait ( Sept. 13, 2012)
  • "Attorney Ethics: Solving Dilemmas," presented to attorneys at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (Jul. 23, 2012)
  • "Attorney Ethics: Solving Dilemmas," presented to attorneys at; Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan (May 22, 2012)
  • Periodic dispatches about life as a deployed Judge Advocate General, Law Week Colorado (May-Dec. 2012)
  • "Defending Suicide: Investigating and Defending a High Profile Event," presented Mountain States Region, Western Litigation, Las Vegas, Nevada (Feb. 10, 2012)
  • "Attorney Ethics: Solving Dilemmas," presented to attorneys at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado (January 12, 2012)
  • "Defending Suicide: Investigating and Defending a High Profile Event," presented at the American Society of Health Risks Managers Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (Oct. 19, 2011)
  • "Practical Judicial Ethics Dilemmas," presented at the Ninth Judicial Ethics Training, State of Colorado Office of Administrative Courts, Denver, Colorado (Dec. 1, 2010)
  • "Judicial Ethics: Rules of Thumb," presented at William S. Fulton, Jr. Appellate Military Judges' Conference, Washington, District of Columbia (Sept. 17, 2009)
  • "An Introduction to Expert Testimony," Guest Lecturer, AA 252 Techniques of Failure Analysis, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, California (May 29, 2009)
  • "Judicial Ethics: Rules of Thumb," presented at 52nd Military Judges' Basic Course, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia (May 7, 2009)
  • "Ethics and Professionalism," presented at ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel CLE, Fort Carson, Colorado (Mar. 16, 2009)
  • "Judicial Ethics: Rules of Thumb," presented at 34th Annual Interservice Military Judges' Seminar, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama (Jan. 26-30, 2009)
  • "An Introduction to Expert Testimony," Guest Lecturer, AA 252 Techniques of Failure Analysis, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, Stanford, California (May 30, 2008)
  • "Beyond Daubert: An Analytical Framework for Judges to Evaluate Experts," presented at National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada (Mar. 2008)
  • "The United States Refusal to Ban Landmines: The Intersection Between Tactics, Strategy, Policy, and International Law," 159 Mil. L. Rev. 87 (1999)
  • "Total Concept and Feel: A Proper Test for Children's Books," 5 UCLA Ent. L. Rev. 141 (1997)
  • "Free Exercise and the Uniformed Employee: A Comparative Look at Religious Freedom in the Armed Forces of the United States and Great Britain," 17 Comp. Lab. L.J. 648 (1996)
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1997
    Comparative Labor Law Journal, Associate and Articles Editor
  • U.S. Army War College, Master of Strategic Studies, 2013
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., 1989
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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