A history of winning multi-million dollar awards
Andrew Kochanowski has practiced complex federal litigation for over 30 years, and primarily represents companies and individuals as plaintiffs in complex business and intellectual property disputes, RICO violations, torts, multi-party and extra-territorial litigation, class actions, and similar matters.
Andy has successfully represented both companies and individuals from around the world, in a range of complex civil matters. For example, Andy has represented European and Asian clients in litigation and licensing disputes involving intellectual property matters. He has also represented research and development companies, automotive suppliers, and Lloyd’s of London.
Andy has been a first-chair federal trial attorney in a wide range of cases throughout numerous jurisdictions, and has won a number of multi-million-dollar verdicts. He has also successfully argued cases before a number of federal appellate courts. In addition to his practice here in the United States, Andy has arbitrated complex business disputes before a number of national and international panels, including licensing, re-insurance, and Chinese business ventures disputes in London, and Hong Kong.
In part, Andy enjoys practicing in this complex area because it requires he constantly learn new areas of the law. Andy is fascinated by domestic and international business, and enjoys applying his vast and ever-growing knowledge of business through a legal framework to his client’s benefit.
Prior to joining Sommers Schwartz, Andy was a member of a large Chicago-based law firm.
- $4 million federal jury verdict against the University of Massachusetts in a patent infringement and patent licensing case
- $4.3 million federal jury verdict against a municipality in Section 1983 constitutional rights case involving application of the equal protection clause
- $2 million federal jury verdict in a case involving claims of misrepresentation, silent fraud, and Chinese corporate espionage
- Successful defense of international insurance coverage disputes on behalf of London-based insurers
- Successful international arbitration against a Chinese company in Hong Kong and subsequent collection of a $1.3 million award in a breach of joint venture and tortious actions arising from joint venture
- $12 million in patent infringement settlements for a research and development company
- $16 million intellectual property settlement in an international arbitration matter involving European trademark rights
- Confidential settlement after a two-week federal jury trial for Dallas Bankruptcy Trustee in a corporate defamation matter
- Confidential settlement after a three-month federal trial involving conspiracy and other torts in the aluminum baseball bat market
- Confidential settlement with a Tier 1 auto supplier over patent infringement claims involving airbags
- Confidential settlement with a Japanese robotics manufacturer after trial began in a Robinson-Patman antitrust claim by a U.S. distributor
- Confidential settlement with numerous Tier 1 US, Japanese, and European auto suppliers over safety technology patent infringement litigation
- Appointed co-class counsel in a $46 million RICO pyramid scheme litigation; the matter was affirmed by en banc Fifth Circuit; case subsequently settled with $10 million awarded to plaintiffs’ counsel
- Appointed class counsel in an $80 million RICO and securities pyramid scheme federal class action; the case was subsequently settled with $4.3 million awarded to plaintiffs’ counsel
- Federal appellate practice in five federal courts of appeal defending successful results in the federal district courts
- State Bar of Michigan
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Bar Association
Mr. Kochanowski, I just wanted to briefly thank you for taking a few minutes after the Buam v. Umass trial last week to speak with the jurors. That was the first time I had been a juror, and it was an interesting experience. I was very impressed with you throughout the trial, and got the feeling that you really enjoy your career. Mr. Baum is a very intelligent man, and you couldn’t have represented him any better.
- Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, Juris Doctor
- University of Michigan, Bachelors of Arts
- Illinois (inactive since 2009)
- Various U.S. District Courts
- U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Supreme Court