Andrew C. Efaw - Wheeler Trigg O

Andrew C. Efaw

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 303-244-1873

Andrew Christopher Efaw (aka "Ace") is a trial-tested attorney with extensive experience.  His national practice focuses on complex cases in federal and state courts throughout the country.  Ace handles a variety of intricate commercial and franchise cases, defends hospitals and doctors against medical malpractice claims, represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies against product liability claims, and has significant negotiation experience.  Ace brings a distinctive intellectual rigor to each case and has a record of entering cases and uncovering game-changing facts and has represented clients in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah,  and Washington,.  Ace is a Colonel in U.S. Army Reserve and has twice deployed to combat zones.  In 2004-2005, Ace served in Iraq, trying cases as the Senior Defense Counsel of Northern Iraq.  Since 2007, Ace has been a Military Judge and has presided over cases in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Germany.  Additionally, Ace served as the Army judge for Afghanistan and Kuwait in 2012.  

Following is a representative sampling of cases Ace has handled: 

  • Wilson v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Arkansas) – Ace defended a pharmaceutical company against claims that Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in Plaintiff resulted from use of medication. Ace's work and negotiation led to a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Anderson v. Pfizer Inc (North Dakota) – Ace defended a pharmaceutical company against claims that a convicted murderer's actions were induced by prescription medication.  Ace's work led to the plaintiff dismissing the case after 18 months of intense litigation.
  • Conroy v. Dennis (Colorado) – Along with other WTO partners, Ace successfully tried this public interest case, proving that electronic voting systems were not tested and certified in accordance with Colorado law.  The case led to major changes in Colorado election law.
  • Quality, Inc. v. Mitsubishi (Colorado) – Ace defended a major automotive manufacturer and helped guide the company to a successful settlement of a contract dispute with one of its franchisees.
  • Stiegler v. Mercedes-Benz (California) – Ace handled direct and cross examinations and expert witnesses as part of the team that successfully defended a major automobile manufacturer before a Los Angeles jury.  The counterclaims awarded resulted in a multimillion-dollar defense verdict.
  • Singh v. Edwards LifeSciences Corp. (California) – Ace is defending a medical device company facing allegations that its product catastrophically injured a patient's heart.
  • Herndon v. Flamingo Casino (Nevada) – Ace defended a Las Vegas casino against allegations that one of its customers fell, hit his head, and suffered a serious brain injury.
  • Taylor v. Solvay (Colorado) – Ace was a key member of the legal team that defended a pharmaceutical company that made a drug taken by one of the killers at Columbine High School.
  • United States v. Brown (Washington) – As senior trial counsel, Ace led a team prosecuting the murder of a Fort Lewis soldier.  The defendant received a life sentence without possibility of parole.
  • United States v. Guiza (Kuwait) – Ace's defense strategy resulted in a jury acquitting a soldier of rape and retaining him in the Army.

West PointBS 1989University of PennsylvaniaJ.D. 1997

Office Location

370 Seventeenth Street, Suite 4500
Denver, CO 80202-5647
United States

Practice Areas

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants