Andrew D. Kaplan

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2699
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Andrew D. Kaplan is chair of Crowell & Moring’s Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Group. He is also a member of the Product Risk Management Group.

Andrew primarily defends medical device, pharmaceutical, and other U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated companies in federal and state court litigation. In what are oftentimes nuanced, product-specific cases, Andrew takes a holistic approach to serving his clients. He understands that litigation should be driven by client goals, and a deep understanding of these goals can often lead to spotting and solving larger issues.

Andrew is a first-chair trial attorney who has led multiple jury and bench trials both in private practice and while serving in the Civil Division, Torts Branch at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Andrew frequently represents clients as national, as well as international, coordinating counsel in mass tort litigation, including mass actions, class actions and multidistrict litigation (MDL). He currently represents clients in two of the largest pharmaceutical MDLs in the U.S. and is national counsel for two medical device manufacturers in their multi-state dockets of product liability litigation. In this centralized role, Andrew helps clients develop and implement their litigation strategy while minimizing risk and maximizing consistency and efficiency. This includes identifying specific areas of need such as regulatory compliance, government reporting, or public disclosures and building a team with tailored expertise. From a global perspective, this includes anticipating the impacts of litigation and regulatory actions in individual countries on a company’s broader strategy.

Informed by his litigation experience, Andrew also counsels clients on risk mitigation and compliance programs. His practice focuses on product risk management issues and responding to related government civil enforcement actions. Through proactive risk management he has helped his clients avoid or lessen the impact of litigation.

In 2020 and 2021, Andrew was recognized by Who's Who Legal for his work in product liability in the life sciences area. While at the DOJ, he also received multiple Civil Division performance awards for his work in addition to being selected to instruct trial advocacy and tort seminars at the Department's National Advocacy Center.

Andrew maintains an active pro bono practice focused on representing victims of domestic violence in obtaining and enforcing civil protection orders. 

Representative Engagements

Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation

  • Serving as national counsel for an international medical device manufacturer in all U.S. product liability litigation. Over the past decade in this role, the company has never paid a settlement or judgment. 
  • Representing a large U.S. medical device manufacturer as national counsel in mass tort litigation. Leading the defense of the product liability lawsuits across numerous state, federal and international courts. 
  • Serving as lead counsel for a Fortune 20 company in two of the largest pharmaceutical MDLs in the country, including serving in a defense group leadership position in the largest of the MDLs.
  • Serving as national and international counsel for a global company in its entire docket of medical device and pharmaceutical product liability litigation. This engagement has allowed the company to harmonize strategy across jurisdictions, lessen exposure, and lower legal spend. 
  • Litigated dozens of individual medical device product liability actions involving issues related to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and the Premarket Approval (PMA) and Premarket Notification (510(k)) regulatory approval processes.
  • Provided expert testimony on U.S. product liability law in international arbitration between a U.S. medical device manufacturer and an international insurance company. 

Food Industry Litigation

  • Defended a food manufacturer in a consumer protection lawsuit under the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act (DCPPA) involving product labeling.
  • Defended a food manufacturer in a putative national class action involving product labeling and advertising.
  • Represented a food trade association in responding to non-party subpoenas in multiple putative class actions involving food labeling.

Risk Management Counseling

  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in response to a Federal Food and Drug Administration enforcement action under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), including negotiation of a novel consent decree.
  • Counseled a food manufacturer on litigation risks for product labeling and advertising.
  • Represented a dietary supplement manufacturer in response to an FDA enforcement action.
  • Conducted a product liability risk analysis for a large corporation acquiring a medical device manufacturer.
  • Conducted a product liability/regulatory risk assessment for a medical device and pharmaceutical company.
  • Conducted a risk analysis for an international standards institute regarding its involvement in the review of U.S. medical devices.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia.

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Combatting Extreme Jury Verdicts: Navigating Extraneous Factors That are Influencing Juror Findings," ACI 24th Annual Conference on Drug & Medical Device Litigation (December 10, 2019). Panelist: Andrew D. Kaplan.
  • "Hiring the Right Regional Counsel," 23rd Annual Conference on Drug & Medical Device Litigation, New York, NY (November 30, 2018). Speaker: Andrew Kaplan.
  • "Commercial Contracts, Logistics & Supply Chain: Ways to Create Value and a Sustainable Stream of Affirmative Recovery," RILA’s Retail Law Conference, Atlanta, GA (October 25, 2016). Presenters: Beatrice B. Nguyen and Andrew Kaplan.
  • "Supply Chain and Commercial Contracts Recovery: Deals Gone Bad," Crowell & Moring's Second Annual In-House Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 10-11, 2016). Presenters: Greg Call, Beatrice B. Nguyen, Andrew Kaplan, and Frank Nuzzi.
  • "Food & Beverage Industry: What Will 2016 Bring?" Webinar (February 10, 2016). Presenters: John Fuson, Michelle Gillette, Andrew Kaplan, and Chalana N. Williams.
  • “Commercial Contracts and Supply Chain,” First Annual In-House Affirmative Recovery Conference, Dana Point, CA (March 19, 2015). Presenters: Andrew Kaplan, Beatrice B. Nguyen, Jennifer Romano, William Moore (Hewlett-Packard Company)
  • "Food Class Actions," Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Food Week: Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2015). Presenter: Andrew Kaplan.
  • "Arbitration Clauses After Concepcion," Blue Cross and Blue Shield Western Operations Conference (July 9, 2013). Presenter: Andrew Kaplan.
  • "The Class Action Rules Have Changed," Blue Cross and Blue Shield Western Operations Conference (July 9, 2013). Presenter: Andrew Kaplan.
  • "Navigating High-Profile Litigation and Administrative Enforcement," Crowell & Moring Advertising and Product Risk Management Seminar (March 19, 2013). Moderator: Andrew Kaplan; Panelists: Kevin C. Mayer, Keith J. Harrison, and John Fuson.
  • "Litigation Risk Mitigation: Getting Inside the Mind of a Plaintiff’s Lawyer," Crowell & Moring Product Risk Management Seminar (October 19, 2011). Moderator: Lynn Parseghian. Panelists: Andrew Kaplan, Tracy Roman.


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