Andrew (“Drew”) McGuinness attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as Article Editor of the Michigan Law Review and was active in Moot Court. He graduated magna cum laude near the top of his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school he clerked for the Hon. Frank M. Coffin of the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals. He was first admitted to practice in Michigan in 1988, and is admitted to practice in numerous federal courts. A more detailed listing of his law school background is available here.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. McGuinness ran a community-owned small business. This experience informs his practice to this day, as he remains ever-mindful of his clients’ business objectives and the need to work not just effectively, but efficiently.
Mr. McGuinness has trained and practiced at some of the most respected law firms in the country. He spent several years at Skadden, Arps (Chicago), where he developed a broad range of skills engaging in all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including securities, control contests, and antitrust matters. At Dykema Gossett, where he was an equity member of the firm, he served as head of the Class Action Defense Team and was active in training and mentoring the firm’s litigation associates.
In the twenty years Drew worked at these two firms he represented numerous clients in securities and antitrust class actions, including claims under various sections of the Securities Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Williams Act, the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, and various state “blue sky”, antitrust, and consumer protection laws. He has litigated numerous issues under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”), the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”), the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”), and the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”). He has arbitrated and mediated numerous disputes and has negotiated many settlements.
In 2010 he founded Andrew J. McGuinness, Esq., as a litigation boutique centered on class actions, antitrust, and other complex commercial litigation. Because of his decades of experience in this area, Drew is able to plan precisely for his clients’ needs, offering thorough preparation and skilled representation in the most cost-effective manner possible. This combination of high-quality service and effective cost-containment has been valued by his many business clients, including Ford, W.B. Doner, ClubCorp, Honeywell, and many others.
Mr. McGuinness is a member of the American Bar Association and the ABA Litigation Section. He has served as co-chair of the ABA Class Action Committee Antitrust Subcommittee since 2005. He is past co-editor of the ABA’s Securities Litigation News and has authored several articles and presented at many seminars about class actions and securities litigation. He has been recognized among the “Best Lawyers in Michigan” by U.S. News & Word Report and a “SuperLawyer” for his antitrust litigation skills. Mr. McGuinness is AV+ Preeminent rated by Martindale and has achieved a 10.0 “superb” rating on Avvo.com.