Andy Birchfield manages the firm’s Mass Torts Section, which is recognized as a national leader in pharmaceutical litigation. The section successfully resolved claims for thousands of clients in the Vioxx, Bextra/Celebrex, Baycol, Rezulin, PPA and Ephedra litigations.
Andy also serves as a regular speaker at national, regional and state seminars pertaining to mass tort litigation.
After graduating cum laude from Samford University, Andy went on to graduate magna cum laude from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Beginning his legal career at a small law firm in Montgomery, Andy gained trial experience in both state and federal courts. His practice encompassed a wide range of legal matters including personal injury and civil rights cases. After joining Beasley Allen in 1996, Andy handled cases involving consumer fraud and commercial litigation. He later proved to be instrumental in developing the Mass Torts Litigation Section in 2000 and was named Section Head for Mass Torts, which now consists of 11 lawyers and 60 support staff. To date, Andy has been involved in cases resulting in settlements and verdicts totaling in excess of $5.4 billion.
Andy’s efforts have been indispensable in heading the firm’s Vioxx litigation. In April of 2005, Andy was chosen to co-lead the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the federal Vioxx Litigation MDL; and he has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel in five Vioxx trials, including one that resulted in a $51 million verdict against Merck.
He has been quoted in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, American Lawyer, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and the New York Times. He has also appeared on Sixty Minutes, CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” National Public Radio, CNN and MSNBC. Andy has been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers annually since 2009; and to Best Lawyers in America.
Andy is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Montgomery Trial Lawyers Associations. He has served as President of the Montgomery County Young Lawyers and the Alabama Young Lawyers, as well as numerous task forces and committees of the Alabama State Bar. He has served on the Committee for Character and Fitness, which assesses those attributes with respect to applicants for admission to the Bar. Andy also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and is an active member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
In December 2010, Andy was named one of Beasley Allen’s Litigators of the Decade. The award was created to recognize the attorney or attorneys who have demonstrated consistent excellence on behalf of their clients and the firm. He is also regularly included on the Super Lawyers list.
In addition to his numerous professional duties, Andy is also active in the community. He and his family are members of First Baptist Church of Montgomery, where he has served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, and Chairman of the Prayer Ministry. Currently, he teaches an adult Bible Study Class and he is serving as the Chairman of the Church Leadership Council. Andy has also incorporated his faith with his professional life, by starting and leading a weekly Bible study and devotional time at the firm. Since its inception in 1997, this weekly devotion has grown from a small gathering of co-workers to a large group of employees, clients and friends.
Andy and his wife, the former Tanya Payne, grew up in Pell City, Alabama. They have three children: a son, Dow, and two daughters, Beth and Hope.