Biography

Andrew LeGrand is an associate in Gibson Dunn’s Dallas office.  He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department.  He has extensive experience in a broad range of business litigation, with a principal focus on class actions. 

Mr. LeGrand has successfully defended corporate clients in trial court and appellate proceedings in state and federal court against claims of consumer fraud, products liability, and antitrust violations. He has served on multiple trial teams, prepared and deposed numerous of witnesses, briefed dozens of appeals, and successfully argued in federal and state appellate court. 

Texas Lawyer named Mr. LeGrand a "Lawyer on the Rise" for its 2017 Professional Excellence Awards.  The awards recognize “lawyers who have made their mark on the legal profession in the Lone Star State.”

Mr. LeGrand’s representative matters include:

  • Representing the manufacturer and the retailer of a highway safety product in products-liability and consumer-fraud class actions in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri.  Mr. LeGrand deposed the Wisconsin class representative and successfully sought sanctions for the Wisconsin plaintiff’s failure to produce an expert witness for a deposition.  As a result, the Wisconsin plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the suit, with Gibson Dunn’s client paying nothing. 
  • Defending a private Texas company in a consumer-fraud class action filed in Illinois, asserting claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act and for unjust enrichment.
  • Representing major healthcare organizations in Detroit and San Antonio in antitrust class actions brought by employees who alleged that their wages were artificially suppressed by the defendants’ sharing of compensation information.
  • Defending a Class I railroad at trial and on appeal in a class action alleging that the railroads colluded to impose an industry-standard fuel surcharge.
  • Representing a major healthcare organization in a class action brought by former patients alleging negligence and invasion of privacy.
  • Persuading the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to grant discretionary review under the Class Action Fairness Act after the district court remanded a class action containing a damages stipulation.
  • Defending the University of Texas at Austin at the certiorari and merits stage in the Supreme Court of the United States in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2016).
  • Defending a major utility company and its Board of Directors against a strike suit filed by creditors, and convincing the federal district court that Texas does not allow creditors to sue on behalf of a corporation unless the Trust Fund Doctrine applies.
  • Securing a judgment notwithstanding the verdict on behalf of a client accused of violating the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act claim, and successfully defending the judgment on appeal.
  • Representing a Fortune 1000 company investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly unfair and deceptive advertising.
  • Defending a Texas internet company investigated by various state Attorneys General for allegedly unfair and deceptive advertising.
  • Representing a global telecommunications company in a lawsuit alleging False Claims Act violations in connection with the Schools and Libraries Program (“E-Rate”) of the Universal Service Fund.  
  • Representing a for-profit higher education institution on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit alleging False Claims Act violations.
  • Assisting a major retailer with its internal investigation of alleged bribery and corruption in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Defending a global financial institution in foreign and domestic investigations into collusion regarding the world’s primary benchmark for short term interest rates.

Mr. LeGrand also proudly maintains an active pro bono docket—and he received the firm’s 2016 Frank Wheat Individual Pro Bono Award for his individual pro bono efforts.  His recent pro bono matters include:

  • Briefing and arguing an appeal of a trial court’s dismissal of a claim under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and convincing the Third Court of Appeals in Texas to reverse and remand for further proceedings.
  • Briefing and arguing an appeal of the denial of habeas relief to a Wisconsin state prisoner who was denied his Sixth Amendment right to represent himself at trial, and convincing the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to grant habeas relief.
  • Briefing and arguing a direct criminal appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, convincing the Seventh Circuit to reverse our client’s conviction for structuring transactions in violation of 31 U.S.C. § 5324, and persuading the U.S. Attorney’s Office on remand to drop all charges. 
  • Briefing and arguing a prisoner appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, convincing the court to reverse the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s pro se complaint, which alleged both deliberate-indifference and First Amendment retaliation claims, and finding that the pro se prisoner should have been recruited pro bono counsel.
  • Submitting amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States in Torres v. Lynch, a case involving the interpretation of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, a case involving the interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as amended by the Portal-to-Portal Act.
  • Persuading the Board of Immigration Appeals to reverse an Immigration Judge’s finding that an asylum seeker was not credible. 

Mr. LeGrand is also an active member of the community.  He is a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 2016 Leadership Class; he serves on the Board of Directors for the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation; and he is a volunteer tee-ball coach for the Cedar Hill Baseball Association. 

Mr. LeGrand earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review.  During law school, Mr. LeGrand earned the Harlan Fiske Stone academic distinction and received the Jerome L. Greene scholarship.  He was also elected by his peers to serve as the graduation speaker for the J.D. Class of 2009.  As an undergraduate, Mr. LeGrand obtained dual baccalaureate degrees in English and African American Studies from the University of Oklahoma.  He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and he was awarded the Letzeiser Award, which is given annually to three outstanding graduates.  Mr. LeGrand also holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He worked in education before beginning his legal career. 

From 2010 to 2011, Mr. LeGrand served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Joe Fish in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  And from 2011 to 2012, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2011-2012).  Mr. LeGrand is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and he has been admitted to practice before various federal courts, including all of the federal district courts in Texas and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits.  He is member of the State Bar of Texas’s Pro Bono College and he is a Guardian member of the Texas Access to Justice Commission’s Champion of Justice Society.  And he was recently recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2016 and 2017) and by the National Black Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 (2016 and 2017).

Publications

  • Christopher Chorba, Andrew LeGrand & Will Thompson, Post-Spokeo Issues Emerge in the 5th Circ., Law360
  • Veronica Lewis, Andrew LeGrand & Bennett Rawicki, No Anti-Competitive Intent, No Treble Damages: A Proposal, Law360
  • Karl G. Nelson & Andrew LeGrand, Recent EEOC Activity Highlights the Importance of Assessing Law Firm Partnership Practices, 16 L. Firm Partnership & Benefits 3 (May 2010).
  • Note, Narrowing the Tailoring: How Parents Involved Limits the Use of Race in Higher Education Admissions, 21 Nat’l Black L.J. 53 (2009).

Education

  • Columbia University - 2015 - Doctor of Education
  • Columbia University - 2009 - Juris Doctor
  • Columbia University - 2006 - Master of Education
  • University of Oklahoma - 2004 - Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

  • Texas Bar