Andy Meerkins is a senior counsel and trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Andy has litigated a variety of complex commercial matters and concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance and reinsurance. Andy has represented and counseled ceding companies and reinsurers in a variety of complex disputes involving both property and casualty and life, accident, and health business. Andy’s recent matters include arbitrating, on behalf of ceding companies, numerous high-stakes disputes involving yearly renewable term life-reinsurance premium rate increases, as well as several property-casualty disputes involving numerous complex issues. Andy also regularly counsels many of Foley’s clients on matters touching on insurance coverage.
In addition to handling insurance and reinsurance issues, Andy has notable experience with disputes involving distribution and franchise and antitrust and unfair competition.
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.
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.
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 and Western Districts of Wisconsin and Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh, Third and Federal Circuits.