Education

University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
  • summa cum laude
  • Notre Dame Law Review, Executive Notes Editor
University of Notre Dame, B.A.
  • American Studies
  • cum laude

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of Michigan Chapter

State Bar of Michigan

  • Litigation Section
  • Appellate Practice Section

American Bar Association

  • Forum on Communications Law

Media Law Resource Center

  • Next Generation Committee
  • Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee
Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Andrew Pauwels is a litigation attorney who focuses on assisting with media law litigation, complex commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation matters. He has experience litigating disputes in various state and federal courts, in Michigan, and throughout the country. Andrew represents clients in various phases of litigation and has significant experience drafting motions, including dispositive motions, and managing discovery issues. He serves the firm as a member of the Summer Associate Committee.

  • Represents local and national print and broadcast media companies in defamation, media access, and other litigation
  • Represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies in commercial litigation and internal investigations typically involving allegations of criminal or civil fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract
  • Represents companies and individuals in contract disputes, supply chain litigation, business torts, class action defense, and other high stakes litigation

Experience

Media Litigation

  • Achieved dismissal, later affirmed on appeal, of a defamation suit brought against a local newspaper and its reporter by a controversial political figure 
  • Obtained dissolution at Michigan Court of Appeals of probate court’s prior restraint on publication of news broadcast by local television station
  • Obtained records for national broadcaster from public university under Michigan Freedom of Information Act

Other Experience

  • Won summary judgment in Illinois state court on breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted by client plaintiff marketing firm against its former president for illicit competition
  • Filed multiple amicus curiae briefs as counsel to various organizations, including the Legal Services Association of Michigan, in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals

Community

Notre Dame Club of Detroit, Board of Directors, 2017-Present

Notre Dame Law School Alumni Mentorship Program, Volunteer Mentor, 2017-Present

ABA Forum on Communications Law, Moot Court Mentorship Program, Volunteer Mentor, 2018-2019

News & Resources

Publications

  • Staying Classy in State and Federal Court: Understanding the Small But Significant Differences Between Michigan and Federal Class Action Rules (July 2016)
    Co-author
    Michigan Bar Journal
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Suit Brought by White Supremacist: “A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps” (November 2017)
    Media Law Resource Center (MLRC’s) MediaLawLetter
  • Michigan Court of Appeals Reverses Probate Court’s Admitted “Prior Restraint” Against Local News Reporter (December 2017)
    Media Law Resource Center (MLRC’s) MediaLawLetter
  • State Q&A, Right of Publicity: Michigan (September 13, 2018)
    Co-author
    Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • State Q&A, Trademark Laws: Michigan (November 1, 2018)
    Co-author
    Thomson Reuters Practical Law
  • 50-State Survey: Media Libel Law, Survey of Sixth Circuit Libel Law (2018-2019 volume)
    Co-Author
    Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
  • 50-State Survey: Media Privacy & Related Law, Survey of Michigan Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media; Survey of Sixth Circuit Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media (2018-2019 volume)
    Co-author
    Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
  • 50-State Survey: Media Libel Law, Survey of Sixth Circuit Libel Law (2017-2018 volume)
    Co-Author
    Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)

Honors

Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2017