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Andrew W. Christman | Shareholder

 

Andrew-ChristmanMr. Christman founded Christman, Kelley & Clarke in 2009 after practicing as a civil defense litigator for 7 years with Gidiere Hinton Herndon & Christman in Alabama. Prior to joining Gidiere, Hinton, Herndon & Christman, Mr. Christman served as an Assistant Attorney General of Alabama under Bill Pryor from 1999-2002. While serving the people of the State of Alabama, Mr. Christman gained extensive experience in constitutional litigation, administrative prosecution, and general civil litigation. Mr. Christman also served as a prosecutor in the violent crimes division and public corruption division of the Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Christman was appointed by the Attorney General as general counsel to multiple state boards and agencies gaining valuable experience in administrative prosecution, defense, and general process.

This experience was further enhanced and broadened over the next seven years in private practice representing some of the largest private corporations and insurance companies in the United States. Such clients include Travelers Insurance, State Farm Insurance Companies, CVS, Best Buy, Yum! Foods (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken), Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of America, and others. Mr. Christman has successfully defended multi-million dollar lawsuits involving commercial and residential construction defect, commercial trucking, products liability, civil rights/employment law, medical malpractice, tort litigation, and contract litigation. Mr. Christman has appeared multiple times before the Alabama Supreme Court, and has argued four times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Christman has used this extensive experience to shape and tool his present practice, which focuses on entertainment and sports law, representing private companies as outside general counsel, complex civil litigation, government law, employment litigation, business representation and counseling, estate planning, and appellate advocacy.

Before moving to Alabama, Mr Christman grew up in Sherman, Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A & M University. While at Texas A & M, Drew was named to the Dean’s List in 1993 and 1996 and was the co-founder of the Gamma Chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi, America’s largest Christian social fraternity. Mr. Christman graduated cum laude from Regent University School of Law in 1999. During law school, Mr. Christman focused on honing his advocacy skills, receiving the law school’s top trial practice award and scholarship as well as the Academic Merit Scholarship. Mr. Christman was a regional finalist in the ABA Moot Court competition, and served on the Moot Court Board. He was also named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

Mr. Christman and his wife, Clarissa, have 2 boys, Cole and Austin. The Christman family is actively involved in their church, and local community. Mr. Christman currently serves on the Media Communications Committee and the Board of Ethics for the City of Highland Village.

Education & Contact Information

Education

  • Texas A&M University
    B.A., 1996
    College Station, Texas
  • Regent Univ. School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 1999
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

Contact

Bar Membership & Courts

Member Of

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Alabama

Courts Admitted

  • Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. District Court
    N. District of Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. District Court
    M. District of Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. District Court
    S. District of Alabama, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    Eleventh Circuit, 1999
  • Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court
    E. District of Texas, 2009