Andrew Willis brings a decade of litigation experience and nearly a decade of
insurance defense experience to MGC. Throughout his career, he has representated insurance companies in workers’ compensation, commercial litigation and policy coverage disputes in state and federal courts. Andrew’s background extends to appellate practice, where he has defended contested matters before Virginia’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. “I search hard-to-find, good coverage defenses in addition to the ‘obvious’ ones,” he says. “Attorneys frequently overlook contractual limitations provisions, which can shorten the time for suing an insurer beyond what the ordinary statute of limitations provides. In short, I don’t take any issue for granted and have been successful in spotting issues a less persistent attorney would have missed.”

While studying law at the University of Richmond, Andrew was a criminal law research assistance to Professor Ronald A. Bacigal and gained litigation experience using his Third-Year Practice Certificate as a law clerk in the Brunswick County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

Outside of MGC, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, as well as reading history and fiction. He is also learning how to use a smoker to make delicious BBQ.

Practice Areas

  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • SIU/Arson and Fraud

Education

  • University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law (JD, cum laude)
  • Colgate University (BA, cum laude)

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Insurance Coverage Section
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute - Insurance Coverage and Fraud SLG Sections
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association - Richmond Chapter (Membership Secretary)

Bar Admissions

  • 2013 District of Columbia
  • 2012 Virginia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Awards

  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Rising Stars (2016 to Present)

Publications

  • Insurance Coverage Fraud Litigation and the Pandemic: Where are the Cases? (The Briefcase: DRI Committee News) - September 2022, Volume 1, Issue 6
  • Deconstructing Insurance Coverage Issues in Construction Defect Litigation (The Journal of Civil Litigation) - Volume XXXIII, Number 2, Summer 2021
  • Is There a Procedure for Terminating a De Facto Award (VADA Journal of Civil Litigation) - Volume XXIX, Number 3, Fall 2017