Recognized as One of the Top 10 Men of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication

Laguna Hills, CA, May 27, 2016 - Richard B. Andrade, Esq. of Laguna Hills, California has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Men of the Year for 2016 by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of law.

About Richard Andrade:

Mr. Andrade has over 36 years of experience specializing in the construction industry. He is the Firm Founder, President and principal attorney of Andrade & Associates, APLC which is a law firm providing legal services in California. The practice focuses primarily on construction litigation (public and private), including “changed conditions,” change order and differing site condition claims, scope of work claims, mechanic's lien and stop notice litigation, labor law, including wage and hour claims, trust fund litigation and general business litigation. Mr. Andrade counsels and represents general contractors, some project owners, subcontractors and material suppliers. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the California Judicial System, the Federal System, the National Labor Relations Board and the California Agricultural Labor Board. He was voted Southern California Top Lawyers in 2014, Top Rated Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law in 2014, Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014, and 2009 South Bay's Favorite Attorneys as determined by readers. He has been “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years, and was listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in 1996. Mr. Andrade was listed in Who's Who in California in 1997. He is a member of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association. He is affiliated with the Associated General Contractors Statewide Legal Advisory Panel, the Southern California Constructors Legal Advisory Committee, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Engineering Contractors Association.

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Born on May 8, 1951 in San Diego, California, Mr. Andrade obtained an A.A. in Business from Southwestern Community College, a B.S. in Business/Information Systems Management from San Diego University in 1973 and a J.D., Cum Laude, from California Western School of Law in 1977. He holds a California State General Engineering Contractors License since 1996. Previously, he was actively involved in the construction industry as an owner of a company that performed heavy civil engineering projects for over 10 years. Prior to starting his own law practice, Mr. Andrade worked as an associate at a Newport Beach based firm, Dressler, Stoll & Jacobs. Subsequently, he served as a Senior Associate at the Beverly Hills firm of Cruickshank, Anton and Grebow. After “defensing” a lawsuit that everyone expected the clients to lose, the clients were so appreciative that they provided the financing that enabled Mr. Andrade to start his new firm in Newport Beach, California.

Mr. Andrade is especially proud of several cases he has represented. He successfully challenged an Administrative Law Judge's competency due to irrational rulings during trial where he awarded $20 million of punitive damages against Mr. Andrade's clients. On appeal, the Appellate Court determined that the Administrative Law Judge's bias in favor of the claimant, as well as his irrational rulings, including the amount of punitive damage award, amply demonstrated his lack of competency. The underlying trial award was vacated and a new trial was ordered for the defendants. He also successfully defended a construction industry general contractor against a claim exceeding $1 million being made by a plaintiff regarding multi-employer trust funds on the basis that the contractor's bargaining unit truly consisted of only one employee and hence not subject to the terms and conditions of the multi-employer trust fund contracts. The award was upheld on appeal. Mr. Andrade also successfully represented a general contractor in a $280 million bid protest where the awarding agency deemed errors in the contractor's bid as inconsequential, immaterial and allowed the agency to waive the irregularities. The apparent second low-bidder challenged the award. The Appellate Court agreed with the findings of the trial court and upheld the award to Mr. Andrade's client.

Married on May 19, 1979, Mr. Andrade and his wife Kate have two children, Nicole and Taylor. In his spare time he enjoys skiing and tennis.

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