Andrew M. Meerkins



Andy Meerkins is an associate and trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Andy has litigated a variety of complex commercial matters, with notable experience with and interest in insurance and reinsurance, distribution-and-franchise, antitrust, and trade-secret and unfair-competition disputes.

Before entering private practice, Andy served as a law clerk to The Hon. Joel Flaum, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to taking up law, Andy was a Teach for America corps member, teaching high school history and government on Chicago’s west side.

Representative Experience

  • Delivered opening statement at arbitration hearing of reinsurance dispute relating to workers’ compensation reinsurance treaty
  • Managed all aspects of discovery in connection with representation of manufacturer in dispute with unauthorized reseller in case involving Lanham Act and antitrust claims
  • Tried trade-secret and unfair-competition case to judgment for oilfield-services company resulting in a seven-figure verdict. In connection with this representation, examined witnesses, drafted numerous discovery and dispositive motions, and briefed and argued numerous issues at trial*
  • Represented medical-device manufacturer in antitrust litigation related to insurance coverage*
  • Represented litigation funder in high-stakes action for contempt involving numerous international parties and complex issues of personal jurisdiction, subject-matter jurisdiction, and sovereign immunity*

*These matters were handled prior to joining Foley.


Andy received his law degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he was a Wigmore Scholar, graduated magna cum laude, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also served as senior articles editor for the Northwestern University Law Review and won the William Jennings Bryan Award for winning the intramural moot-court competition. He received his bachelor’s degree in education, with highest honors, from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse.


  • “Dworkinian Antitrust,” 102 IOWA L. REV. 1 (2016) (with John McGinnis)
  • "Avoiding Double Damages: 3 Practical Tips and a Hail Mary," Law360 (July 2016) (with Lynn Murray)
  • “Atypical Coverage Charts and Knotty Allocation Issues,” DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute (2015) (with Patrick Nash)
  • “Distressing Speech After Snyder: What’s Left of IIED,” 107 NW. U. L. REV. 999 (2013)


Andy is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota*. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Third, and Federal Circuits.

*License on voluntary restricted status.


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