Andrew Ralston, Jr.
Andrew Ralston focuses his practice on litigation, including commercial litigation, mass tort litigation defense, the defense of health care professional liability claims, zoning and land use litigation, and insurance defense litigation. He has more than 17 years of experience representing businesses, major healthcare institutions, and insureds in litigation throughout Pennsylvania. He handles both jury and bench trials, as well as alternative dispute arbitrations and mediations, in a variety of types of cases and in courts throughout Pennsylvania.
Andrew has first chair trial counsel experience in both jury and bench trials, and alternative dispute arbitrations. He has significant and ongoing experience in all aspects of zoning and land use law, both in front of zoning hearing boards, planning commissions and in the Courts of Common Pleas and Appellate Courts. He also has significant and ongoing experience in appellate litigation, having argued before the Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, and having filed successful briefs, and amicus briefs, with all appellate courts in Pennsylvania, including the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Andrew has authored articles on a variety of litigation-related topics published in leading trade journals, including on topics related to the admissibility of a plaintiff’s past medical history, the viability of “grief” damages claims under Pennsylvania law, the compensation of fact witnesses and venue challenges, and the patient safety confidentiality provisions of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act. He has planned and presented several CLE seminars on a variety of topics, including for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute and the Pennsylvania Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2015, he presented a CME course, “Litigation Tips for Surgeons,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Robotic Surgery in Orlando, FL. Andrew has been appointed by the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas as a Discovery Master in complex litigation.
Andrew made the lateral move to White and Williams in January, 2016. Previously, he was a partner at a Lehigh Valley-based law firm where he had worked for 13 years.