Andrew Gardella focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal trial and appellate courts and in alternative dispute resolution forums. He has represented companies and individuals in a variety of industries on a range of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, business torts and fraud, partnership and shareholder disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, insurance coverage issues, construction law, and trust and estate litigation. Mr. Gardella also provides outside general counsel to companies on matters ranging from drafting and analyzing contracts to pre-litigation dispute resolution.
Mr. Gardella attended Vanderbilt University and received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. While attending Vanderbilt, Mr. Gardella was a walk-on linebacker for the Commodores, earning playing time on special teams during his senior year. He was named to the Dean’s List and the Academic All-South Eastern Conference Team. He was also elected into a number of academic honor societies, including Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha. As a Senior, Mr. Gardella was named the Vanderbilt University Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Mr. Gardella earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Memphis School of Law, graduating top five in his class. During law school, he served as an Associate Editor on the Law Review, with two of his works selected for publication, and was also a finalist in the first year moot court competition. Mr. Gardella received the C. Cleveland Drennon, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (2005-2006), the Law Alumni Scholarship (2006-2007), and the Robert and Elaine Hoffman Memorial Scholarship (2007-2008). He also received the CALI Award for the highest grade in Civil Procedure I, Contracts I, Contracts II, Professional Responsibility, Law and Medicine, ADR/Mediation and Commercial Paper.
Mr. Gardella is licensed to practice law in Tennessee and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He is also an active member of the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court.