Andrew Haeffele handles all aspects of employment and business litigation matters, with a particular focus on defending claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower status, family and medical leave, unfair labor practices, and wage-and-hour class actions.

Andrew also has significant experience litigating complex business matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, insurance coverage, and trade secret misappropriation. 

Andrew has successfully defended employers against a wide variety of lawsuits before state and federal courts throughout the country, and has repeatedly secured favorable outcomes for his clients, ranging from favorable settlements to affirmance on appeal, and has obtained numerous recent summary judgments.

Clients trust Andrew because of his thorough commitment and firsthand involvement in all aspects of the litigation process. Andrew drives strategy from Day One of each new matter and remains the point person throughout the process. Clients appreciate Andrew’s accessibility, responsiveness, and forward-thinking approach. 


Andrew has been a Payne & Fears attorney for his entire legal career. He started with Payne & Fears as a summer associate during law school. Upon graduation in 2008, Andrew returned to Payne & Fears as an associate. In 2016, Andrew was promoted to partner.

Andrew is a frequent presenter on a variety of labor and employment topics, and regularly serves as a panelist for roundtable discussion events throughout California.

While in law school, Andrew was a member of the Loyola Law Review, and worked as a Senior Analyst in DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc.’s compliance department. Before joining Payne & Fears, he was a Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in PwC’s Business Consulting Practice.

Outside of work, Andrew is an avid sports fan. He is originally from Chicago and a longtime fan of the Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs.

Representative Matters

  • Won complete defense verdict in a six-day age discrimination trial before a retired judge.
  • Won summary judgment in a disability discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, and wrongful termination lawsuit against a Fortune 10 national retailer.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary adjudication of a plaintiff’s discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower retaliation claims leading to a favorable settlement of the plaintiff’s remaining wage-and-hour claims.
  • Secured complete summary judgement and successfully defeated an appeal in a discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, and wrongful termination case for a Fortune 10 national healthcare company.