Andrew F. Newman’s practice focuses on commercial litigation matters.
Practice & Background
Mr. Newman has experience representing companies and individuals involved in a wide range of commercial disputes, with an emphasis on litigation involving the technology and energy industries, manufacturing companies, as well as insurers, lenders, guarantors and aviation companies. These representations often involve complex contract, business tort, and noncompete issues. Mr. Newman has also assisted clients with internal investigations relating to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as compliance with company policies.
After receiving his B.A. in English from the University of Texas, Mr. Newman spent two years teaching in Baltimore, Maryland, as a member of Teach for America. Mr. Newman received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a Society Mentor and an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. During law school, he served as an intern to the Honorable Andrew Austin, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Texas.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Newman served as a law clerk for the Honorable A. Joe Fish of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Mr. Newman is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Mr. Newman also serves as a member of the Dallas office’s associate and counsel committee and the Dallas office’s hiring committee.
Mr. Newman has been recognized in a peer-review survey as a Super Lawyers Texas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2014 - 2017.
Mr. Newman’s recent engagements include:
- successful defense of nationwide health and fitness chain in a consumer class action lawsuit involving contract disputes and dues and fees paid
- representation of underwriters of D&O and PI policies based on coverage disputes related to the failure of Stanford Financial Group
- advised national telecom company on merger with prepaid wireless carrier to ensure compliance with antitrust regulations;
- counsel in a state court jury trial for an environmental waste disposal company, resulting in a complete defense verdict, as well as damages for the client for its breach of fiduciary duty and fraud claims, and recovery of client’s attorneys’ fees
- representation of a global supplier of oil field services in breach-of-contract dispute relating to a long-term sand supply agreement
- representation of a Korean biotech company in breach-of-contract dispute over a stem-cell technology license and purchase agreement
- representation of third-party vendors in defense of clawback claims brought by the receiver appointed to collect assets for the benefit of the creditors of an international bank
- successful defense of the guarantor of a loan secured by an aircraft in a deficiency suit brought by the bank by claiming the collateral was mishandled by the bank, resulting in a favorable settlement
- representation of a manufacturer of engineered roofing systems in a dispute over a roofing guarantee; obtained a favorable settlement for the client in the suit pending in federal court in Arizona; successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of the same company against the manufacturer of defective adhesive in AAA arbitration in Dallas, resulting in a favorable settlement
- obtained a significant trial victory for local ministries in a lawsuit against the City of Dallas to invalidate an ordinance restricting clients’ ability to share food with the homeless
- defense of several different clients facing SEC investigations, including responding to initial subpoenas and preparing witnesses for testimony
- representation of a financial clearing firm in an interpleader dispute over ownership of several assets held in client customer accounts.
Mr. Newman’s community, civic and charitable activities include:
- a member of the 2009-2010 DAYL Leadership Class
- an appointee as a member of the City of Dallas’ Judicial Nominating Committee
- a member of the Dallas Independent School District’s Budget Review Commission.