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Andy Payne is the founding partner of PayneMitchell Law Group. Andy’s passion for handling significant personal injury cases stems from a desire to not only help people but to affect change. Through the work on his clients’ cases, products have been redesigned, policies changed and lives saved.
As an experienced and effective trial lawyer, Andy routinely handles significant, newsworthy personal injury cases across the country. He has been lead counsel on numerous aviation and product defect cases, commercial vehicle collisions and other general personal injury matters.
Andy is double Board Certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been honored as a member in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and he’s a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Induction in both organizations is by invitation only and is limited to the top trial lawyers in the country that exhibit exemplary character, ethics and professional standards. These organizations are highly selective and only a small percentage of practicing lawyers are invited to join.
Andy is one of the few trial attorneys named repeatedly as one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine, as well as a Top 100 Lawyer in both D/FW and Texas byTexas Monthly’s Super Lawyers. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®multiple times and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” (2015, 2019) by his peers in Product Liability Litigation/Plaintiffs in Dallas/Fort Worth. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) through a peer review evaluation.
Andy is licensed in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, but routinely handles complex litigation across the nation. He has successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts.
Andy’s drive to help people goes beyond his cases with his deep commitment to pro bono representation. Each year he represents several clients without charging a fee, as a way to give back and to make a difference where it is needed most. Moreover, his firm has been a cornerstone donor to Equal Access to Justice Campaigns over the last decade. Through the years, Andy and his partner have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to help individuals in crisis obtain legal services and much-needed access to the justice system.
Prior to forming PayneMitchell Law Group, Andy served as a partner with the law firm of Howie & Sweeney, L.L.P., and graduated at the top of his class from Baylor Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Baylor Law Review. Andy serves on the State Bar Pattern Jury Charge Committee, which drafts form jury charges in products liability cases used by all trial courts in the State of Texas. He also serves on the State Bar Grievance Committee and has chaired Personal Injury seminars for both the State Bar and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. An Adjunct Professor of Products Liability at the SMU Dedman School of Law, Andy is a frequent lecturer at professional meetings both in Texas and nationally. (See Andy’s recent presentations and publications.)
Andy is a Director Emeritus of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism. He is a Fellowship Member and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and has served on both the Texas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice’s Leader’s Forum.
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