Andrea Coit is an experienced litigator whose practice includes a wide range of civil defense matters in state and federal courts. Andrea’s practice focuses on the defense of individuals and both public and private entities in matters involving professional negligence defense, civil rights violations, products liability claims, and employment disputes. Andrea represents clients at the trial court level, as well as in private arbitration and before administrative review boards.
Regardless of the case, Andrea’s objective is to resolve her clients’ problems in the most pragmatic and efficient manner available under the circumstances. That may involve a mediated settlement or adversarial litigation; either way, she ensures her clients are fully informed and comfortable with the chosen strategy.
Andrea is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars and is admitted to practice in the Oregon and Louisiana federal district courts. Andrea is a member of the Lane County Bar and the American Bar Association. She also served as Secretary for the Inns of Court from 2008 to 2012.
Andrea received her J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1999, graduating Order of the Coif. She earned a bachelors degree in business management from Southern Louisiana State University in 1995, where she was a student-athlete on the softball team.
Presentations and Publications
- “Civil Rights Damage,” Oregon State Bar (CLE, 2006)
- “Appealing Judgments After January 1, 2004,” Judgment Day for Litigators, Oregon Law Institute (CLE, December 12, 2003)
Harrigan v. Marion County, et al
Case No. 6:11-cv-06174-SI :
Claims asserted under federal civil rights statutes and the American’s with Disabilities Act. Defended the County and four of its employees in a five day, federal jury trial. Jury returned a verdict for the defense on all claims.
Deborah G. Warner-Seeley, PR Estate of Jesse Drew Seeley, Deceased v. Linn County
Linn County Circuit Court Case No. 111650 (2012)
Wrongful Death action against Deputy Sheriff. Defended County in 4-day jury trial, resulting in defense verdict.
Bzowy v. National College of Natural Medicine; et al.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 1004-06434
Naturopathic Malpractice case against National College of Natural Medicine. Claims that administering hydrotherapy to a student as part of education resulted in actuation of Lupus disease. Defended 6-day jury trial; resulted in defense verdict.
Steven Wagner Nichols v. MetLife Investors Insurance Company
United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Case No. 3:10-cv-00651-HA
Represented life insurance policy beneficiary after insurer denied claim under intentional act clause. Result – negotiated settlement with all proceeds distributed to client and his daughter.