Andy Drumheller is considered the backbone of Rusty Hardin & Associates’ trial practice. Mr. Drumheller's legal talents have helped both the powerful and the powerless through investigations and trials. His successful criminal defense cases include pitching great Roger Clemens and football star Adrian Peterson in addition to less public, but equally deserving people who needed help. He helped direct a high-profile and politically charged state legislative investigation into the actions of a University of Texas regent. And he played a lead role in the Court of Inquiry of a district attorney whose hiding of evidence led to the murder conviction of an innocent man, Michael Morton.
Mr. Drumheller also has litigated a variety of complex commercial cases, representing energy companies such as Enterprise Products Partners and casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. in breach of contract disputes. He has a successful track record in disputes involving fields as disparate as publication rights, oil and gas royalty fights, and point-of-sale technology.
Mr. Drumheller's trial and negotiation strengths may have grown out of his middle school debate years. That is where he recalls honing his skills at “testing theories, researching issues and knowing more about them than anyone else in the room.” Mr. Drumheller first encountered Rusty Hardin when they were on opposite sides of a criminal case in 1998. At the time, Mr. Drumheller was a rising star in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Hardin recognized his talents and promptly hired him.
Mr. Drumheller earned his law degree at the Texas Tech University School of Law, and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. He is Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law and has served as Special Prosecutor for Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.
Certification — Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law
Investigation of University of Texas System Regent — Helped lead high-profile investigation of University of Texas System Regent on behalf of the Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operation. The probe, initiated because of Regent Wallace Hall’s lengthy personal investigations of the UT administration, found four possible grounds for impeaching him. In the end, the House Select Committee censured Hall for misconduct, incompetence or behavior unbefitting the holder of a state office.
Investigation of former prosecutor in wrongful murder conviction case — Served as second chair in Court of Inquiry into the actions of former district attorney Ken Anderson, accused of hiding evidence that led to the wrongful murder conviction and nearly 25 years in prison for Michael Morton, who was later exonerated by DNA evidence. The inquiry led to charges against the former prosecutor who was later disbarred.
Enterprise Texas Pipeline LLC v. Energy Transfer Fuel LP — Achieved jury verdict for client Enterprise Products Partners LP which alleged breach of contract against Energy Transfer Partners for shirking its contractual duty to maintain a crucial natural gas pipeline. Enterprise was awarded $2.2 million in lease payment reimbursements and $1.5 million in legal fees after four-week trial.
Defense of former Harris County Commissioner — Helped defend former Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole in multiyear federal investigation and trial surrounding his friendship with a contractor who did business with the county. Negotiated plea bargain after Eversole’s trial ended in a hung jury. Eversole served probation on one charge of misleading an FBI agent.
Criminal defense of Roger Clemens — Represented major league baseball pitcher Roger Clemens in winning an acquittal at the end of a two-month federal trial in Washington in which Clemens was charged with perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements. The charges stemmed from accusations of steroid use by Clemens’ former trainer.