Andy Young

Andy Young, Attorney

Phone: (216) 961-3932
Fax: (216) 647-0458
Andy Young is the managing partner of Leizerman & Young’s Cleveland office.

 

 

 

Andy Young focuses his law practice on helping victims and survivors of truck crashes. His clients are pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, ordinary motorists, and even truck drivers all involved in catastrophic and fatal truck crashes. Due to the devastating nature of this work, Andy has worked with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and other national safety advocacy groups to try to prevent these tragedies before they happen. He has even testified as a “Truck Safety Advocate” before the United States House of Representatives. Andy is NBTA Board Certified in Truck Accident Law.

Andy holds what is believed to be the largest trial verdict in the State of Ohio for a truck crash at 42.4 Million Dollars as the lead trial attorney for two brain injured teenagers. Andy has received national awards in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 from the American Association for Justice’s Trucking Litigation Group (AAJ TLG), a 400-member national organization. Andy currently serves as the Chair of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorney’s Education Committee. Andy has further been recognized as the 2016 Member of the Year for the Lorain County Bar Association and received a 2015 Distinguished Services Award from the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) for his work as the Founding Chair of their Truck Safety Section.

Experiential knowledge is key to a successful resolution in a truck crash case. Andy and three other lawyers at Leizerman & Young presently hold Class A CDLs. Andy also owns a Peterbilt 359 Semi-tractor and a 45 foot “car-hauler” trailer. This experiential knowledge helps make him formidable in cross examining a truck driver and truck company safety and administrative personnel.

Mr. Young has earned an AV® Preeminent peer rating through Martindale-Hubbell and his trial experience has been recognized by his peers through an invitation and election into membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). You can reach Mr. Young by his cell phone 216-789-4832 or through his email. andy@truckaccidents.com

Trucking Industry Background

• Holds a Class A commercial drivers license (CDL)

• Owns a Peterbilt 359 semi-tractor and a car-hauler trailer

• Member – Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA)

• Twitter: @SafeDriveHome – Active on twitter writing tweets about safe driving tips to avoid truck accidents. Andy follows and is followed by ordinary motorists, professional drivers, and roadway safety advocates.

• Ohio Senate Transportation Committee – On March 6, 2013, Andy testified on the “Transportation & Public Safety Budget” Bill. He was testifying against a provision that would allow “Heavier Trucks On Ohio’s Highways.” His testimony was on behalf of members of the Owner- Operators Independent Drivers Association and as the Chair of the Ohio Association for Justice, Trucking Safety Section.

• Written articles for Go By Truck: Global News, including:
“Car vs. Semi Accidents – Make No Mistake The Semi Will Win”
“Safety Questioned With Truck Weight, Speed Limit, and Toll Increases”
“Do Not Disturb – How The New HOS Regs Fail”

Newspaper, Magazine, and Radio Appearances

  • Featured in the issue of In Brief, the Ohio Association for Justice’s Official Publication, on the topic of the City of Cleveland’s “Vision Zero Taskforce,” February 2020
  • Invited Guest, Trial Lawyer Nation interviewed by Michael Cowen. “Driving Change and Verdicts as a Truck Driving Lawyer,” December 15, 2019

Judicial Appointments

  • Ohio’s Supreme Court Commission on Legal Education Opportunity, 2003, 2005-2009, Nominated by Justice Alice Robie Resnick, Appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Magistrate Selection Committee, 2003, Appointed by U.S. Federal Judge James Carr.
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Conference of the Eighth Judicial District. Life Member, 2011 – Present. Appointed by Judge Nancy Margaret Russo, 2009, 2010. Appointed by Judge Anne Kilbane, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1999
  • District of Columbia, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: Order of Barristers, 1999
    • Honors: Mike Hughes Award, 1999
  • Ohio Weslyan University
    • B.A. magna cum laude – 1996
    • Honors: Class President, 1996

Selected Published Works

  • “Truly Listen to Each Juror’s Own Story to Help Your Client’s Trial Story,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group’s, Journal of Trucking Litigation, 2019
  • “The Market-Driven Standard of Care – Proving Trucking Industry Customs and Practices,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group’s, Journal of Trucking Litigation, Winter/Spring, 2018
  • “Stopping Fatal Rear-end Truck Crashes with Automatic Emergency Braking Technology,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group’s, Journal of Trucking Litigating, Winter/Spring, 2017
  • “Automatic Emergency Braking – Preventing Truck Crashes with Forward Collision Avoidance and Mitigation Technology,” Ohio Association for Justice Newsletter, Summer 2016
  • “Broken Glass and Shattered Lives – A Mother’s Journey Through Grief Brings Hope for Preventing Underride Truck Crashes,” Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys News, Spring 2016
  • “Piercing the Passenger Compartment – Voluntary Efforts to Stop the Horrors of Underride Truck Crashes,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group’s, Journal of Trucking Litigation, Spring/Summer 2016
  • “Onboard Safety Technology – Preventing Truck Accidents Before They Happen,” Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, CATA News, Spring 2015
  • “Truck Underride Nets 42.4 Million Dollar Verdict For Two TBI Victims,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group’s, Journal of Trucking Litigation, Fall 2014
  • “Do You Know The Seven Trucking “BASICS?” Ohio Association for Justice, OAJ Newsletter, Summer 2014
  • “Hard Braking – The Choice To Reduce Crash Severity,” American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group’s, Journal of Trucking Litigation, Spring 2014
  • “Exposing Patterns of Unsafe Behavior In Your Trucking Cases,” Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, CATA News, Spring 2012

Speaking Engagement Highlights

  • “Proving Trucking Industry Standard of Care Based on Industry Custom – Looking Beyond the FMCSRs,” Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, National Webinar, 2020
  • “Technology Systems and the Market-Driven Standard in the Era of De-Regulation,” American Association for Justice, Truck Litigation Group, Palm Beach, Florida, 2019
  • “Using the Home as a Witness – Storytelling to and from the Heart,” Legal Latitudes, The Most Important Juror: A Counterintuitive Approach to Telling the Winning Story in the Courtroom, San Antonio, Texas, 2019
  • “Tough Trucking Liability Cases and How to Concern the Opposition,” Ohio Association for Justice, Winter Convention, Cleveland, Ohio 2019
  • “Defeating Defense with the Documents and Depositions,” American Association for Justice’s Specialized Depositions Trucking College, Washington, D.C., 2019
  • “Cross Examining the Truck Crash Reconstruction Expert,” Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Annual Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee 2019
  • “What the Defense is Saying About Us and Our Clients – Notes from the Defense ABA Mega-Conference,” Co-Presenter, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Annual Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee 2019
  • “How to Build a Trucking Specialty Practice – Are You Prepared to Make Sacrifices?” Co-Presenter, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, Annual Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee 2019
  • “Emerging Trends in Truck Litigation Proving the Market-Driven Standard of Care,” American Association for Justice’s, Annual Convention, San Diego, California 2019

Continuing Legal Education: Programming/Moderation Highlights

  • Judges & Lawyers on Judging, Program Moderator, Lorain County Bar Association, Elyria, Ohio, October, 2018.
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy College: Litigating Truck Collision Cases, Program Director and Moderator, American Association for Justice, Scottsdale, Arizona, March 22-24, 2018
  • Truck Underride Roundtable 2, Afternoon Moderator, Side Guard Panel Discussion, Invited by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS, HLDL), The Truck Safety Coalition, and AnnaLeah & Mary for Truck Safety, IIHS Crash Test Facility, Ruckersville, Virginia, August 2017
  • Voices for Victims, Moderator / MC, Benefit for Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County, Sponsored by the Lorain County Bar Association, June 2017
  • Truck Underride Roundtable, Afternoon Moderator, Invited by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS, HLDI), The Truck Safety Coalition, and AnnaLeah & Mary for Truck Safety, IIHS Crash Test Facility, Ruckersville, Virginia, May 2016
  • 2016 Judicial & Prosecutor Electoral Debates, Debate Moderator, Lorain County Bar Association, “An Evening with the Lorain County Judicial and Prosecutor Candidates,” February 2016
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Cases Back To The B.A.S.I.C.s – Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories & Focus Group Demonstration, Ohio Association for Justice, Trucking Safety Section, All-Day Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Cleveland, OH – 2014
  • Dismantling Typical Defenses In The Truck Accident Injury Case, Ohio Association for Justice, Annual Convention, Columbus, OH – 2014
  • Trending Technologies For Handling Truck Accident Cases, Ohio Association for Justice, All-Day Trucking Litigation Seminar, Toledo, OH – 2013

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Testified before the U.S. Congress as a “Truck Safety Advocate” before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highway and Transit on “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America,” June 12, 2019, Washington, D.C.
  • Chairwoman’s Award 2018-2019, American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group, presented by Marion Munley, 2018-2019 Chairwoman
  • Chairman’s Award 2017-2018, American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, presented by Peter Kestner, 2017-2018 Chairman
  • Keep on Trucking Kingpin Award, 2016-2017 – Distinguished Services Award, American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, presented by Joe Fried, 2017 Chairman
  • Above and Beyond Award, 2015-2016 – Distinguished Services Award, American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, presented by Jeff Burns, 2016 Chairman
  • Member of the Year Award, Lorain County Bar Association, 2016
  • Distinguished Services Award, 2015 President Dan Michel, Ohio Association for Justice, 2015
  • Best Attorneys in America, Rue Ratings, 2015 through 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2005 through 2007 and 2009 through 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Media
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015 – present

Selected Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, member
    • Board of Regents, 2016 – Present
    • Education Chair, 2019-present
  • American Association for Justice, Underride Committee – Chair, 2014- 2016, Member – present
  • American Association for Justice, Executive Committee – Member, 2014 – present
  • American Association for Justice, Education Committee – Member, 2013- present
  • American Association for Justice, Chair, 2017 – present
  • Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, 2000- present
  • American Bar Association, 2000 – present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Membership by invitation and election
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Ohio Chapter, 2011 – present
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Rating Through Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2000 – present
  • Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, Life Member, 2011 – present
  • Lorain County Bar Association, 2005 – present
  • Lorain County Bar Association, Chair, Social Committee, 2013 – 2015, Member 2015 – present
  • Lorain County Bar Association, Elected to the Executive Committee, 2012 – present
  • Lorain County Bar Association, Member, Judicial Merit Selection Committee
  • Lorain County Bar Association, Member, Character & Fitness Committee
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Trustee, 2002 – 2004, 2010 – present
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Chair, Trucking Safety Section, 2012 – present
  • Ohio Association for Justice, State Delegate of OAJ to AAJ, 2016 – present
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member, Legislative Committee, 2010 – present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 2000 – present
  • Ohio Association for Justice, 2000 – present
  • Public Justice Foundation, 2013 – present
  • Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice
    • Member, 2013- present
    • Executive Committee – Member, 2014 – Present
    • Underride Committee – Chair, 2014 – 2016
    • Publications Committee – Chair, 2015 – 2016
    • Membership Committee – Chair, 2016 – 2017
    • Editor, Journal of Trucking Litigation, 2015 – 2016
    • Treasurer, 2018-2019
    • Secretary 2019-2020
  • Trucking Litigation Group, American Association for Justice, Treasurer, 2018 – Present
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