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Education

  • Chapman University, B.A. social science (2005) cum laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.P. (2009)
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D. (2009)

Admissions

  • California
Andrew Holmer, Counsel Los Angeles
aholmer@crowell.com
Phone: +1 213.443.5509
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

Andrew Holmer is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm's Litigation Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including health care litigation, contract disputes, class action defense, and intellectual property disputes. Andy's practice includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court, as well as alternative dispute resolution. He has taken a leading role in numerous bench and jury trials in California and federal court, in over a dozen appeals to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Court of Appeals, and the California Supreme Court, and in multiple successful mediations.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Andy served as a law clerk to the Honorable André Birotte, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and as a career law clerk to the Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon and the Honorable Amy D. Hogue in the Los Angeles Superior Court's Complex Civil Litigation division.

Andy is an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and serves on the board of its Young Lawyer’s Division. He also served as a chapter author for the 2016 update to the California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law treatise’s chapter on state law business torts.

Representative Matters: 
  • Defends one of the nation’s largest health insurers in an ERISA class action regarding the company’s process for determining issues of behavioral health coverage and medical necessity. After successfully defeating the plaintiffs’ nine-figure disgorgement claims at summary judgment, the case proceeded to a three-week class action bench trial. The matter is currently in post-trial briefing.
  • Represented a major research university as a plaintiff in a contract dispute valued at more than $100 million with a large pharmaceutical company over amounts owed to the university under a patent license agreement. After a week of jury selection, the case was resolved favorably for the client on the eve of opening statements.
  • Represented The Regents of the University of California and a UC professor in the California Court of Appeal, defending a $32 million judgment on a successful counterclaim and defeating the plaintiff’s claims of fraud and breach of contract valued at nearly $1 billion. The appeal was resolved in The Regents’ favor, affirming the trial court’s judgment in full. Andy’s representation included successfully opposing the plaintiff’s petition for review in the California Supreme Court.
  • Defended a health plan against breach of contract and fraud claims by a defunct pharmacy relating to the pharmacy’s practice of billing 50-times the market price for pharmaceutical compounds. The case resolved in a favorable settlement after a successful mediation.

Andy has a deep commitment to public service. He currently represents a Los Angeles non-profit in an ongoing civil rights investigation regarding the disparate treatment of African-American riders on the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority train system. Since 2015, he has also served as the president of a Los Angeles-based non-profit that, among other things, operates the distribution center for one of the largest food banks in Los Angeles.

Andy received his B.A. from Chapman University. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. 



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