Beth A. Andrews, Esq. joined Matta Blair, PLC in 2014 after several decades working at Garan Lucow Miller, P.C. At Matta Blair, she practices with her former partners from GLM, Steven Matta, Kellie Blair and Roger Smith. Ms. Andrews was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1986 and has spent her career practicing insurance defense law, litigating almost every type of tort and insurance coverage issue in the circuit and appellate courts of Michigan and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Andrews’ career has encompassed the law of general negligence, construction, premises liability, municipal, Section 1983, product liability and automobile negligence. She has developed specialized expertise in the areas of indemnity, insurance coverage (especially complex general liability coverage matters) and construction accident litigation, as well as in the topical areas of Michigan tort reforms, the no-fault third-party tort threshold, choice of law, uninsured motorist coverage and electronic discovery.
Ms. Andrews has presented many seminars, notably for Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and for numerous insurers and claims personnel. Lecture topics have included tort reform, seatbelt issues, the Michigan no-fault third-party threshold for recovery of noneconomic damages and the redacting and discovery of claims files.
She is a longstanding member of the State Bar of Michigan’s practice sections on Negligence, Appellate, and Insurance and Indemnity Law and of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association (MDTC) and Michigan Association of Defense Trial Counsel(ADTC). She has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ms. Andrews spearheaded the collection, transportation and distribution of many tons of personal care and recreational items for the American troops stationed there. In her non-working hours, she is an avid quilter.
The list below represents some of Ms. Andrews’ most significant publications and cases which she handled or significantly participated in at the trial and/or appellate levels:
Notices of Nonparty Fault: A Primer, 4 Mich. Neg. Law Sec. E-News (Spring 2013)
UM/UIM Coverages: A Compendium of State Law, Michigan chapter, Defenses Research Institute © 2007
Safety Belts, Child Restraints and “The Cap” in the Era of Tort Reform, 16 Mich. Defense Q. (Spring 2000)
Michigan Tort Reforms of 1995
Schneider v. Board of Oakland Co. Rd. Com’rs, 2014 WL 198748 (Mich.App. 2014)
Clemente v. Vaslo, 679 F.3d 482 (6th Cir. 2012)
Kreiner v. Fischer, 471 Mich. 109, 683 N.W.2d 611 (2004)
Chop v. Zielinski, 244 Mich.App. 677, 624 N.W.2d 539 (2001)
Mudge v. City of South Lyon, 459 Mich. 874, 585 N.W.2d 303 (1998)
Pelc v. Bendix Machine Tool Corp, 111 Mich.App. 343, 314 N.W.2d 614 (1981)
Adams v. Perry Furniture Co., 198 Mich.App. 1, 497 N.W.2d 514 (1993)