RYAN D. ANDREWS is a Partner at Edelson PC and is the Director of the firm’s Issues & Appeals Group, which routinely litigates cases of first impression in state and federal courts nationwide. The Issues and Appeals Group has won significant victories, including in several federal appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court. These decisions have created favorable law in numerous areas—including common law privacy and nearly all of its statutory variants—fundamentally changing how entire industries operate.
Representative Class Action Decisions:
- Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016). In Spokeo, the Court rejected the argument that individuals must allege “real world” harm to have standing to sue in federal court; instead the court recognized that “intangible” harms and even the “risk of future harm” can establish standing.” Commentators have called Spokeo one of the most important consumer privacy case to come before the Supreme Court in recent times. On remand, the Ninth Circuit again confirmed that Robins had standing to pursue his claim. Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., 867 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2017).
- Kater v. Churchill Downs Inc., 886 F.3d 784 (9th Cir. 2018). In a question of first impression, the Court reversed the dismissal of Kater’s claims and held that a mobile app casino game was illegal gambling under a state loss recovery statute.
- Warciak v. Subway Restaurants, Inc., 880 F.3d 870 (7th Cir. 2018), cert. denied, 138 S. Ct. 2692 (2018). Secured reversal of order compelling arbitration of class action through the improper application of federal equitable estoppel doctrine instead of state law.
- Beaton v. SpeedyPC Software, 907 F.3d 1018 (7th Cir. 2018). Secured order affirming certification of a nationwide class of consumers on a Rule 23(f) appeal in case alleging the sale of software that falsely claimed to improve computer performance.
- Klaudia Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, Inc., 2018 IL App (1st) 180175. Secured reversal of dismissal of class action alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act and convinced the Court to part ways with its sister-court’s analysis. The Court held the text BIPA does not require am addition harm other than the violation of the right to privacy created by the Illinois legislature.
- Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Info. Network, Inc., 820 F. 3d 482 (1st Cir. 2016). In a landmark decision, the Court (including retired Justice David Souter) reversed the dismissal of Video Privacy Protection Act claims finding that mobile app users are “subscribers” and unique device IDs can be “personally identifiable information.”
- Satterfield v. Simon & Schuster, Inc., 569 F. 3d 946 (9th Cir. 2009). In a case of first impression, the Court reversed the grant of summary judgment to defendant finding both that text message is a “call” and that dialing equipment need only have the “capacity” to be an autodialer under the TCPA.
- Resnick v. AvMed, Inc., 693 F. 3d 1317 (11th Cir. 2012) In a medical data breach class action, the Court reversed dismissal and adopted plaintiff’s novel “overpayment” theory of damages.
- Lozano v. Twentieth Century Fox, 702 F. Supp. 2d 999 (N.D. Ill. 2010) (denying motion to dismiss on First Amendment challenge).
Teaching, Publications, & Speaking:
- William S. Consovoy & Ryan D. Andrews, “High Court Gets it Right with ‘Spokeo’ Decision,” National Law Journal (May 30, 2016).
- Jay Edelson & Ryan D. Andrews, “Pick-Offs After Campbell-Ewald: Some Predictions,” Law360, January 21, 2016.
- Panelist for IAPP webinar “VPPA Class Actions—the Current State of Play” (November 19, 2015).
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Taught a third-year seminar on class actions.
- Ryan is a regular judge at law school moot court competitions in Chicago.
Awards & Honors:
- Order of the Coif
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Emerging Lawyers 2015, 2016
- Benchmark Plaintiff Litigation Star, 2014
- Ryan externed for the Honorable Joan B. Gottschall in the United State District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
- Ryan was a Notes & Comments Editor for The Chicago-Kent Law Review, was a teaching assistant for both Property Law and Legal Writing courses, and earned CALI awards for the highest grade in five classes.
- State of Illinois
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois