Herbert C. Andrews is a partner in the Miami office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. His practice is focused in the areas of insurance defense litigation pertaining to bodily injury, general liability including first-party property coverage and defense, third-party claims and casualty matters, automobile liability, premise liability, products liability, and employment discrimination. Since 1998, Mr. Andrews has conducted over 150 jury trials and has defended his clients in Federal, State, Circuit and County Courts.
Prior to joining QPWB, he was Corporate Counsel to Zurich North America Insurance Company and an attorney for State Farm Mutual Automobile Association conducting various motions and jury trials on behalf of the insurance company’s policyholders pertaining to all of his areas of practice. Previously, he served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida in various divisions: In 1997, with the Career Criminal Division where he was responsible for specialized investigation and prosecution of the most dangerous and serious criminal felony offenders as designated by the Florida Legislature including those committing violent crimes, and first and second degree felonies. In 1996, he served on the Division Chief-Juvenile Division where he prosecuted juveniles charged with committing life sentences, first degree, or other violent or serious crimes. And since 1993, he has prosecuted misdemeanor and felony offenders in 48 jury trials.
Prior to his legal career, Mr. Andrews worked as a fraud investigator for the State of Florida Office of the Auditor General and was a correctional officer with the Department of Corrections.
Mr. Andrews served as an adjunct professor at Florida International University’s School of Policy Management for three years, he taught courses on government and minority group relations, and the management of criminal justice agencies.
He received his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida in 1993, a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University in 1989, and Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in 1985 graduating with majors in criminology and political science. While in law school, he served as vice president of the Black Law Students Association and served on the Moot Court Board. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Andrews is licensed to practice law in Florida and is a member of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Division. He is also admitted to the Federal Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Select Representative Trials
Amaya v Twin Oil Co., (Miami-Dade County) 12-09-2010
- Defense verdict in gas station shooting with catastrophic injuries.
Gonzalez v Taylor, (Miami-Dade County) 6-25-2010
- Defense verdict in rear end collision where plaintiff was a passenger and had $173,000.00 in medical bills for lumbar fusion with instrumentation.
Lewis v Cedar Grove Apartments, (Miami-Dade County) 1-2010
- Defense verdict in shooting case with a $100,000 - $300,000 high low agreement.
Pena v Wilco Electrical, (Miami-Dade County) 7-14-2006
- Award of $6,500 (reduced to zero after set-offs) in claim of an elderly woman who injured her knee and shoulder in a fall over uneven concrete requiring surgery.
Blackstock v Continental Real Estate, (Miami-Dade County) 4-06-2006
- Defense verdict in case of a woman who tripped over defective carpet at office building and fractured her humerus.
Maldonado v The Beckford Corp., (Miami-Dade County) 12-15-2005
- Defense verdict in case of a female tenant at residential property who suffered a tri-malleolar fracture requiring three surgeries as a result of a fall over landscape edging.
Carlos Ybern vs. Angel Rodriguez (Miami-Dade County) 09-15-2004
- Defense verdict in a product liability case against a plaintiff who allegedly swallowed four paperclips on top of each other while eating a cheeseburger at a McDonald’s restaurant. Plaintiff asserted he could not detect the clips in his mouth due to a periodontal problem. Defense expert and physician testified that Plaintiff’s periodontal condition did not support his reason of not knowing there were paperclips in his mouth. The jury found the cheeseburger was not defective when sold. The jury found no negligence by the defendant, the owner/franchisee of the restaurant.
9300 South Dadeland Blvd., 4th Floor
Miami, Florida 33156
Telephone: (305) 670-1101
Facsimile: (305) 670-1161
Areas of Practice:
- Automotive Liability
- General Litigation
- Insurance and Insurers
- Labor and Employment Law
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D. (1993)
- Florida International University, M.P.A. (1989)
- Florida State University, B.A. (1985)