Attorney Andrew C. Hall has tried cases arising from some of the nation’s most significant historical events. From the Watergate trials and the Ohio savings and loan crisis, to the 2000 terrorist attack on the USS Cole, Mr. Hall’s trial skills are recognized as among the top echelon of litigators in the nation.From 1973-1975, Mr. Hall earned recognition as defense counsel for John D. Ehrlichman, President Richard Nixon’s former senior advisor for domestic affairs, in the Watergate and Plumbers trials. During the late 1980s, he defended former Ambassador Marvin L. Warner in several major cases following the collapse of Ohio’s state-insured savings and loan industry.
Mr. Hall has emerged as a leader in the fight against state-sponsored terrorism. In 2010, he appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the families of Americans who were taken hostage and tortured following the first Gulf War. He has also represented the families of U.S. sailors who died in the USS Cole attack, for which he recovered a multi-million dollar payment from the Sudanese government. This year Mr. Hall recovered a judgment for $316,000,000 for the sailors who were hurt in the bombing of the USS Cole against the Government of Sudan arising from its support of terrorism.
Most recently, Mr. Hall secured a $2.8 billion judgment on behalf of a Cuban expatriate for damages stemming from the forced suicide of the plaintiff’s father by the Castro regime, as well as the continued terror attacks launched against his family by the Cuban government.
Closer to home, Mr. Hall’s casework has involved complex commercial litigation, professional negligence, securities litigation and arbitration, family law, personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Hall currently represents the former Chief Operating Officer of AT&T in a $16 million malpractice suit against his former legal counsel. He also represented The Redland Company in an accounting malpractice claim against its former auditor and the City of Homestead for an environmental problem.In recent years, Mr. Hall has handled other high profile matters including the representation of Robert Bell, inventor of Banana Boat suntan lotion, in a shareholder derivative suit, in which he recovered $3.2 million. He also represented former Peruvian vice president and ambassador to the United Nations, Francisco Tudela, in the kidnapping, false imprisonment, and forced marriage of his 94-year old father, business magnate Felipe Tudela. Tracking defendants across continents, Hall successfully upheld Francisco’s guardianship of his father in Peru, brought Tudela senior back into the care of his family, and protected the value of his estate.
Mr. Hall’s tenacity in the courtroom is in large part a product of his past. Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1944 while his Jewish parents hid from Nazi occupiers, Mr. Hall is tireless in his pursuit for justice and desire to stand up against oppression and abuse of power.
In addition to serving as a frequent lecturer and author on topics surrounding his wartime upbringing, Mr. Hall has written and spoken on various aspects of litigation and legal procedure. He has volunteered as a member of the State Committee on Evidence and the Florida Bar’s State Committee on Civil Procedure. He has also appeared as a panelist before the American Bar Association’s seminar on accounting malpractice litigation and the International Franchise Organization’s forum on franchise litigation.
Within the legal profession, Mr. Hall is involved in The Florida Bar, the American Judicature Society, the Florida Justice Association, and the American Association for Justice. He is a trustee emeritus of the University of Florida College of Law Foundation and a past member of the Law Center Council of the University of Florida’s Holland Law Center. He holds memberships in the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Florida and Southern District of Florida. Mr. Hall is also a guest lecturer at the University of Warsaw through a University of Florida collaborative program in American legal studies and lectured at Boston University under a visiting professorship.
Outside the courtroom, Mr. Hall has served on numerous civic boards, including the National Board of the American Jewish Committee and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the boards of Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Aish HaTorah of South Florida, Easter Seals, the New World School of Arts, and Florida International University’s Council of 100. He is currently Chairman of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. He is also a past president of the South Florida Transplant Foundation. Mr. Hall is a recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Award, which was bestowed upon him for his outstanding leadership.
He has been recognized as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers for the past 10 years. Additionally, Mr. Hall is regularly featured in Superlawyers and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite as one of the top commercial litigators in the State. He has been recognized as among the Most Effective Lawyers by the Daily Business Review for the past three years. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest independent peer-based rating available to an individual lawyer.