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:
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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.
Won an appeal argued before the Colorado Supreme Court relating to a trial court's order to submit Quality Management Privileged (QMP) materials relating to an incident at issue in a medical malpractice trial. The appellate decision is significant, as the QMP designation allows hospitals and healthcare providers to assess and innovate following critical incidents without concern that their discussions will be discovered. In Re: Simpson v. Cedar Springs Hospital Inc. (Colorado Supreme Court, No. 13SA124).
Successfully appealed a decision by the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, to impose on WTO's pro bono client, a Navy nurse and corpsman, a mandatory five-year exclusion from working in any federally funded healthcare program, which jeopardized her Navy service. WTO showed why the decision was not warranted or authorized under current statutes. The Inspector General withdrew the exclusion, dropping the case and allowing our client to return to military service.
Conroy v. Dennis, Colorado Secretary of State, No. 06-CV-6072 (Colo. Oct. 19, 2006) .
Won a complete jury verdict in a franchise dispute in Los Angeles, defeating all of the plaintiff's claims and winning all six counterclaims and an award of over $7 million in damages, including punitive damages, for Mercedes-Benz USA. Auto Stiegler, Inc. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, No. CV04-7261 (C.D. Cal. 2006).
Sliman's Sales & Service, Inc. v. DaimlerChrysler Motors Co., No. 02-12-MVDB-272-J (Ohio MVDB Mar. 26, 2004) .
- 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
Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Army
Military Judge, Afghanistan
Senior Defense Counsel, Northern Iraq
Senior Trial Counsel, Fort Lewis, Washington
Professional Malpractice Law, 2013-2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
General Litigation, 2012-2014
Law Week Colorado
Lawyer of the Year, 2012
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Future Star - Colorado, 2014-2015
American Bar Association
Faculty of Federal Advocates
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
United States Army Military Judge