Andrew W. Vail is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who counsels individuals, businesses, and other organizations or associations on their matters of importance.
Andrew is passionate about listening to and learning from his clients to best understand their unique needs and successfully advocate on their behalf both outside and inside of the courtroom. His commitment to excellence in serving his clients has been well recognized, including by Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine, which have named Andrew in their “Best of the Best” lists of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. The National Law Journal profiled Andrew as a Litigation Trailblazer in 2021. Andrew was appointed as Special Prosecutor in 2021-2022 by the Honorable Erica Reddick, Presiding Judge, Cook County, Criminal Division.
He also is passionate about pro bono and commitment to community. Andrew has served as the General Counsel for the United Way Metropolitan Chicago since 2020. He is the recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chicago Bar Association’s 2021 Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Award, which was awarded for his “display [of] a deep commitment to the fundamental principles of equal protection and equal justice in the community through outstanding pro bono service."
In 2021-2022, Andrew served as the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Strategic Planning Committee, which was comprised of lawyers and judges from a diverse cross section of the legal, business public service and not-for-profit community. That work culminated in the authorship of a new strategic plan for the CBA. He previously served on the CBA's Board of Managers, along with chairing its Civil Practice committees.
He also currently serves on the boards of The Legal Aid Society, The Mikva Challenge, and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. He is a member of the Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Signature Fellows Program, Class of 2020.
Andrew Co-Chairs the firm’s Hospitality and Real Estate Practice, along with the firm's Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenants Practice. He is also a member of the firm's Management Committee and Pro Bono Committee.
He has authored the Illinois Civil Practice Guide since its first edition. He has also authored chapters for IICLE, including an in-depth guide to depositions in the 2022 edition of Business and Commercial Litigation and a guide to presenting testimony in the 2022 edition of Civil Practice: Trying the Case.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Ashley, young son, and baby daughter.