Andrew J. Upton

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Andrew J. Upton Attorney

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Andrew Upton provides efficient and effective representation in trial and appellate courts. He joined Mayer LLP after serving as a judicial law clerk and briefing attorney for the Hon. Senior Chief Justice Jim R. Wright and Hon. Chief Justice John M. Bailey of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals of Texas. Andrew has experience representing individual clients and companies in commercial and construction disputes, personal injury defense, premises liability, products liability, and landlord-tenant matters. He also advises clients on pre-litigation issues and litigation avoidance.

In addition to his trial court practice, Andrew maintains an active practice as a member of the firm’s Appellate section, where he has represented clients in several of the Texas intermediate courts of appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Drawing on his knowledge as a former appellate clerk and his litigation experience, Andrew advances his clients’ interests through persuasive legal arguments. He is also frequently called to assist other litigators in preparing dispositive motions, trial briefs, and expert-related motions.


He won his first trial while still in law school as a student attorney in SMU’s Civil Clinic. As part of SMU’s Board of Advocates, he excelled in intramural and interscholastic advocacy competitions, earning both individual and team distinctions. Due to his success as an advocate, he was inducted into the National Order of Barristers. At SMU, Andrew was also on the SMU Law Review and served as a research assistant to one of his professors. As a member of SMU’s Corporate Counsel Externship Program, Andrew worked in a Fortune 500 company’s Office of the General Counsel, where he gained insight into tailoring a corporate client’s legal representation to its specific business and goals.


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  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2018
  • Texas Christian University, B.S. in Political Science, Minors in Business and Communication, Summa Cum Laude, Honors College Laureate with University & Departmental Honors, 2015


  • State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Distinctions & Certifications

  • Texas Bar College, Member
  • The Order of Barristers
  • Journal of Air Law and Commerce Best Comment Award
  • Wayne Vines Memorial Scholarship for Aviation Safety Award Recipient
  • SMU Board of Advocates Officer of the Year, 2017
  • State Bar of Texas Law Student Pro Bono College


Professional Activities

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • SMU Dedman School of Law Mustang Exchange, Mentor
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit


Publications & Speeches

  • Andrew J. Upton, Comment, Air Ambulance Reform – Why Congress Should Exempt Air Ambulances From “Carrier” Classification and Preemption Under the Airline Deregulation Act, 82 J. AIR L. & COM. 431 (2017).
  • President Jorge Serrano Elías, Guatemala Held Hostage: Reflections from a President in Exile (Andrew Upton ed., Estela Price trans., Academia Editorial 2014) (English version of La Guayaba Tiene Dueño).
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