Andrew Bartholomew is a Massachusetts litigation lawyer, helping clients resolve disputes in construction, utilities, craft brewing and other industry sectors. Andy is a member of the group that contributes to the firm’s craft brewers blog, At the Bar with Bowditch.
Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Andy served as a Law Clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He also previously worked as a Judicial Intern in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Massachusetts Superior Court. “This experience has made me better informed as a litigator,” Andy noted.
Andy is an avid outdoorsman and hiker, with experience walking some sections of the Appalachian Trail. “I also love reading classic, 20th-century fiction – 1984, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Infinite Jest and the like.”
Obtaining a Client’s Funds Held by a Large Investment Firm
A client came to the firm with a complex dispute involving members of his family and the investment firm that held a large portion of his life savings. On a time sensitive basis, Andy drafted a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction requesting that the Court order the investment firm to remove all restrictions on the client’s funds. Following a hearing, the Court granted the motion, allowing the client to freely access his savings and move them to another investment firm.
Assisting a Business Following a Taking by Eminent Domain
After the town had taken a portion of the client’s commercial property by eminent domain, Andy drafted a complaint seeking an assessment of damages, arguing that the monetary amount the town had offered to the client was not enough to compensate it for its loss. The town quickly agreed to negotiate for an additional payment, resulting in a favorable outcome for the client and allowing it to continue doing business, despite the taking.
Return of Down Payment
When a client’s attempted purchase of a home fell through, the seller inexplicably refused to return her deposit. Andy handled the case from cradle to grave, arguing the merits in District Court and ultimately receiving a judgment in the client’s favor for the full amount of the deposit, along with interest and costs.
Experience in the Trial Court Process
While he was a Law Clerk, Andy worked on a variety of criminal and civil cases in the Massachusetts Superior Court. He worked closely with the judges assigned to these cases and performed legal research and writing to assist their review. “The cases on which I worked required a lot of writing,” Andy noted, “which gave me first-hand experience with the trial court process.”