Law Practice:

Andy Burns is Cosgrave’s Managing Partner.  Prior to that he was the head of the firm’s construction practice group for 12 years. In addition to management duties he maintains an active practice providing advice and counsel to contractors, developers, architects, and engineers, and litigating construction defect disputes. He also has significant experience in defending personal injury, products liability, and premises liability litigation.

Education & Bar Admissions:

Andy earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Oregon in 1983 and his law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in 1987.

Andy was admitted to the Oregon State Bar and United States District Court for Oregon in 1988.  In 2011, he was admitted to the Washington State Bar.

Professional:

Andy is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association,  the Multnomah Bar Association, and the Portland Homebuilders Association.  He serves on the Multnomah County Local Professional Responsibility Committee and the State Lawyer Assistance Committee.  Andy is also a member of the ALFA International  Construction Practice Group Steering Committee. ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms, having 150 member firms throughout the world.

He frequently speaks and writes on all aspects of construction-from contract formation and bid process to construction disputes, liens, and post construction defect claims.

Civic:

Andy volunteers as a member of the Owen Panner Inn of Court, a non-profit legal organization dedicated to the education and mentoring of young lawyers.

Personal:

He coaches youth soccer and enjoys bicycle racing and tennis.

Presentations:

“Construction Contracting in Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Systems”
Speaker – Construction Law Seminar by MalfMoon Education, 2013

“Pacific Northwest Coverage and Trends”
Speaker and Panel Moderator – MC Consultants – Western Region, Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage Conference.  San Diego, CA, 2012

“What Contractors Should Know About Insurance”
Speaker – Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP CLE Seminar for Construction Contractors, 2012

“Limitation of Liability Claims and Risk Transfer Provisions”
Speaker and Panel Moderator – ALFA International Client Seminar.  Chicago, IL, 2008

“Managing Construction Projects in Oregon”
Speaker – Lorman Education Services, 2007

“Pressing Issues in Oregon Construction Law”
Presenter – Unitrin Construction Group, April, 2006

“Oregon Construction Law – The Sky Is Not Falling”
Speaker – Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP Construction Seminar, 2005

“Oregon Construction Law – The Sky Is Not Falling”
Speaker – Beecher Carlson and Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP Construction Seminar, 2004

“Oregon Construction Law – The Sky Is Not Falling”
Speaker – Unitrin Insurance, 2004

“Oregon Construction Law”
Speaker – One Beacon, 2004