Andrew LeGrand is a Dallas associate with extensive experience in a broad range of business litigation. With a principal focus on class actions, Mr. LeGrand has successfully defended corporate clients against claims of consumer fraud, products liability, and antitrust violations. He has prepared and deposed numerous witnesses, conducted witness examinations at class certification, briefed dozens of appeals, and successfully argued multiple times in federal and state trial and appellate courts.
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 was also named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes the top young leaders in North Texas.
Mr. LeGrand’s representative matters include:
- Representing the manufacturer and the retailer of a highway safety product in three separate class actions in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri. Mr. LeGrand deposed the Wisconsin class representative and successfully sought sanctions against the plaintiff. As a result, the Wisconsin plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the suit, with Gibson Dunn’s client paying nothing. After Mr. LeGrand deposed the named plaintiff in the Illinois case, that suit was also voluntarily dismissed without any payment from Gibson Dunn’s client.
- Defending a Class I railroad in a multibillion dollar class action brought by rail freight consumers who allege a conspiracy to impose rate-based fuel surcharges. Mr. LeGrand is a member of the trial team that defeated class certification in the district court and the appellate team defending that decision on appeal.
- Representing 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. Mr. LeGrand successfully briefed and presented oral argument to compel arbitration, over waiver objections from the plaintiff.
- 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.
- Convincing a federal district court, in an issue of first impression, to apply the Trust Fund Doctrine and dismiss a strike suit filed by creditors of a major utility company and its Board of Directors.
- 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.
- 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).
- Successfully resolving a class action brought by former patients of a major healthcare organization who alleged negligence and invasion of privacy.
- Defending 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.
- Representing a global telecommunications company in multiple lawsuit alleging False Claims Act violations in connection with the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (“E-Rate”).
- Representing a for-profit higher education institution on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit alleging False Claims Act violations.
- 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.
Mr. LeGrand also proudly maintains an active pro bono docket. He received the firm’s 2016 Frank Wheat Individual Pro Bono Award for his individual pro bono efforts, and he recently had the pleasure of detailing his commitment to pro bono during a podcast hosted by the Pro Bono Institute. Mr. LeGrand’s 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’s rights appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, convincing the court to reinstate the plaintiff’s pro se complaint, which alleged both deliberate-indifference and First Amendment retaliation claims, and instruct the district court to recruit pro bono counsel on remand.
- Filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States in Byrd v. United States, Torres v. Lynch, and Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk.
Mr. LeGrand is also active in his community. He is a member of the Dallas Regional Chambers’ Leadership Dallas Class of 2018; 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 who sits on the Board of Directors for the Cedar Hill Baseball Association. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the UNT Dallas College of Law, where he teaches legal writing.
Mr. LeGrand earned his law degree from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar. He was 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 holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree 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 most of the federal courts of appeals. 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.
For the last three years, Mr. LeGrand has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2016-2018) and by the National Black Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 (2016-2018).
- 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)