Andrew J. Enschedé focuses on the representation of multinational companies, traditional commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, and the representation of policyholders. He has more than 25 years of experience in the practice of law and also has worked in an executive capacity for a multinational company with operations in China, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Europe. He brings a practical business-like approach when advising clients, stays close to business operations to provide legal advice consistent with business needs, and is particularly aware of cultural differences in the business and legal traditions of Europe and the United States.
In the policyholder area, Andrew advises on major insurance coverage disputes and negotiates and writes manuscript insurance policies. He has represented major multinationals in the oil and gas, chemical, food, and manufacturing industries in coverage issues involving environmental and asbestos liabilities and has played a pivotal role in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for clients. He also regularly advises policyholders regarding insurer insolvencies, continually monitors developments surrounding insurance carriers, and advises on the effects of corporate transactions in relation to historic insurance policies, past liabilities, and go-forward coverage programs.
Andrew also has developed a niche practice involving the representation of foreign companies, particularly out of The Netherlands. He was involved with bringing Dutch companies with expertise in water management to work in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. He also regularly represents Dutch companies that wish to form subsidiaries to promote their United States interests and business. In that vein, he handles and coordinates corporate formation, employment issues, interplay with foreign controlled parents, taxation issues (including transfer pricing) and contract negotiations. Andrew speaks two languages fluently (Dutch and English) and is proficient in both German and French.
He also maintains a general litigation practice representing companies and individuals in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including minority shareholder claims, sale of goods issues under UCC Article 2, and fraud allegations.
Recommended, Industry focus: Insurance: advice to policyholders, The Legal 500 US (2022)
Member, Litigation Department of the Year, Specialty Insurance, National Law Journal (2021)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Insurance, Law360 (2020)
Past chairman and founder, Netherland-America Foundation Dutch Chicago Business Exchange
Past director, Netherland-America Foundation
Member, board of directors and secretary, Haskoning USA Inc.
Assistant secretary, Fri-Jado Inc.
Secretary, Lightweight Containers Inc.
Secretary, Croon USA Inc.
Member, American Bar Association; Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation; former co-chair, Comprehensive General Liability Subcommittee, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Past president, The Netherlands Club of Chicago
Chair, Tul(i)p School, first Dutch language school of Chicago