Andrew MacRae joined Levatino|Pace in January 2010, after practicing law in Austin for more than 17 years, the last ten in a firm he founded.
Andrew specializes in general civil litigation, including administrative proceedings, concentrating on life, health and disability insurance matters, including ERISA, as well as personal injury, products liability, insurance, professional malpractice, commercial litigation and licensing issues. Andrew also has substantial experience in mass tort cases, including breast implant, tobacco and diet drug litigation.
Andrew has tried hundreds of jury and non-jury cases, and has argued numerous cases on appeal to various Texas appellate courts, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit. Andrew is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he teaches civil litigation.
Andrew was named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines in 2003 – the first year such recognition began.
Andrew attended the University of Texas at Austin for both his undergraduate and law degrees. He graduated from the UT School of Communications in 1988, with a degree in broadcast journalism, with honors. After taking a year off to “unwind,” he attended the UT School of Law, graduating with a J.D. in 1992. While in law school, Andrew played receiver on the nationally known “Legal Eagles” flag-football team, sponsored at the time by Professor Charles Alan Wright, a legend in the legal community.
Legal Professional Affiliations
Andrew is licensed to practice law in all Texas State courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and a member of the Federal Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, the American Inns of Court–Robert W. Calvert Chapter, and the State Bar of Texas.
Andrew has been a presenter at numerous legal conferences sponsored by the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, the State Bar of Texas, and the Austin Bar Association, and is scheduled to speak at the Defense Research Institute’s Life, Health, Disability & ERISA Claims Seminar in April 2010, in Chicago.
Andrew is a first-generation American. Formerly a British citizen, he moved to Texas from England in 1980. Andrew and his wife Joanne Ryan and their three children are active members of the St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin. Andrew is also active in his community coaching youth soccer and baseball.
Andrew is an avid cyclist and triathlete, and he and Joanne have both completed Ironman triathlons, which has not impressed any of their children.
Andrew attended McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas, where he was an all-district golfer and had the distinction of playing high school golf with golfers who are now multiple tournament winners on the PGA Tour.
Before joining Levatino|Pace, Andrew spent 10 years as a partner in the boutique litigation firm, Hull Henricks & MacRae LLP. Before forming that firm, Andrew was a Litigation Associate with Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, from January 1999 – April 2000; Locke Purnell Rain Harrell PC (which later merged with Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill, & Laboon to form Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP) from June – December 1998; and Maroney, Crowley, Bankston, Richardson & Hull, LLP of Austin, Texas from 1992 to 1998.
While still in law school at the University of Texas, Andrew served as a law clerk for Justice Bea Ann Smith on the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, where he assisted in the researching and writing of appellate opinions.