P. Andrew Fleming

Partner

Overview

Andrew Fleming represents individuals, small, mid-size and large companies in complex commercial litigation. He is co-chair of the firm's Real Estate Litigation Practice Group.

A litigator with extensive trial experience, Andrew has obtained multi-million dollar judgments and settlements for clients and has successfully defended claims of a similar scale. When the Chicago Sun-Times described Novack and Macey as “a small firm known for a bulldog manner in litigation,” they were writing about one of Andrew’s cases.

In one notable case, the firm successfully represented the inventors of night vision goggles that the U.S. Air Force hailed as a revolutionary piece of military equipment. The goggles provided pilots with more than double the field of vision of the old systems, while also enhancing safety. According to the complaint, the Air Force was on the verge of awarding the inventors a contract to produce thousands of goggles when a subcontractor misappropriated the technology and ultimately wrested the contract away from the inventors. A very favorable settlement was reached the night before a jury trial was to begin in federal court in Virginia.

Andrew has represented a number of real estate developers in disputes with contractors, subcontractors and lenders. He is experienced in business torts, financial institutions litigation and partnership law, and has represented numerous energy suppliers in supply contract disputes. In December 2008, Andrew served as counsel in a case in which the firm’s client, Pentech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., won $70 million following a trial in federal court in Chicago. Far from geographically limited to the Chicago area, Andrew’s diverse practice has brought him to litigate cases in California, Texas, Louisiana and Virginia, among other places. Andrew was asked to appear in federal court in Michigan to testify as an expert in UK defamation law on behalf of Amway in a dispute with a UK-based manufacturer of vacuum cleaners.

Others have said of Andrew:

  • “You were a wonderful lawyer for [our company]. I hope I’ll never again need your services, but, if any of my current associates do, you will be top of mind for a recommendation without reservation.” A former client in California.
  • “Andrew and his team did an outstanding job for us. Indeed, they prevailed on every claim they pursued and recouped over $1 million for the [organization]. Andrew’s tenacity and drive were the keys to our success.” A former client in Chicago.

Andrew is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations. He is ranked as a Preeminent Attorney, the highest Peer Review Rating of the Martindale-Hubbell lawyer rating service. Andrew has been selected by his peers and an independent panel as an Illinois “Leading Lawyer” annually since since 2004. Leading Lawyers recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in the State. In addition, he has taught classes on mediation at Northwestern University School of Law. Before joining Novack and Macey, Andrew was a partner at Isham, Lincoln & Beale.

Andrew is a member of The Order of Malta, a humanitarian organization founded in 1113 as a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church. The Order is dedicated to the care of the sick and the poor. Andrew volunteers every month at a soup kitchen operated by the Order at a church in Chicago’s Uptown area. He has also devoted significant time to Mission Outreach, a warehouse facility near Midway Airport that sorts and packs medical supplies donated by local hospitals and distributes them worldwide to those in need. Chicago-area members of the Order also assist in home rebuilding projects every Spring.

Admission to the Order is by sponsorship only. Candidates must meet several criteria, including demonstrating the highest distinction in their professional life. The admissions criteria require the applicant to be regarded as a leader in his or her field and in the community. The Order currently has about 13,000 members; 80,000 volunteers; and 15,000 doctors, nurses, auxiliaries and paramedics in more than 120 countries. Headquartered in Rome, the Order claims sovereignty under international law and has been granted permanent observer status at the United Nations.

Andrew was born in Doncaster, England. He and his daughter live in Chicago.

EDUCATION

  • Leeds University, England (L.L.B. 1979); Duke of Edinburgh and Geoffrey Veale Scholarships, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • IIT, Chicago-Kent School of Law (J.D. 1982)