Andrew K. Gardner is an attorney in the Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at Baron & Budd. He joined the firm in 2021 after spending several years seeking justice for individuals harmed by the negligence of pharmaceutical conglomerates, defective product manufacturers, reckless motorists and irresponsible big-rig trucking companies.
Mr. Gardner is originally from a small town near Flint, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and received a degree in political science with a minor in computer science and engineering. After college, Mr. Gardner pursued his dream of becoming a lawyer by attending Michigan State University College of Law. While in law school, he interned in the Office of the Solicitor General, assisting in research on a U.S. Supreme Court case, Schuette v. BAMN, 572 U.S. 291 (2014), and a petition for certiorari in People v. Davis, case no. 146819, July 8, 2014 (Mich.)(certiorari denied October 23, 2014). He also interned with a personal injury firm, which provided him with his first real world experience fighting for the rights of those injured by negligent actors. A first-generation attorney, Mr. Gardner graduated magna cum laude from law school in 2015 and promptly moved to Houston to escape the snowy winters up north.
Since receiving his license to practice law in Texas, Mr. Gardner has litigated on behalf of injured people around the country. Much of his career has been spent fighting for the rights of people injured by defective medical devices and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, including Risperdal, metal-on-metal hip implants, Xarelto blood thinners, transvaginal mesh devices, hernia mesh patches, and others.
In 2017, Mr. Gardner assisted a colleague in drafting a successful appeal on behalf of a man who was brutally beaten by nightclub bouncers. Attacking a novel legal argument, Mr. Gardner’s assistance resulted in the creation of new law, and the decision was published in LFMC Enters., LLC v. Baker, 546 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.], 2018). In 2019, Mr. Gardner was appointed second chair in a trial team that obtained a $5.5 million settlement on behalf of a citizen who was gravely injured in a rear-end crash by a driver for one of the nation’s largest 18-wheeler freight brokers.
In addition to his work for Baron & Budd, Mr. Gardner is vice-president of the Houston Spartans, Michigan State University’s Alumni chapter in Houston. He works with the group to coordinate community outreach and service projects, including cleaning up Galveston beaches and working with animal shelters to spay and neuter dogs and cats for the community. Mr. Gardner also enjoys salsa dancing, lifting weights, rock climbing, travel, video games, and spending time with family, friends, and his rescue puppy, Marcus.
Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 2015, magna cum laude)
Michigan State University (B.A., 2012)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Southern District of Texas, 2016
U.S. Northern District of Texas, 2017
Houston Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
State Bar of Texas