Coralville and all of Iowa


Coralville and all of Iowa



Attorney Paul McAndrew

Paul McAndrew

Helping injured workers get the benefits they deserve

Workers’ compensation attorney Paul McAndrew is a native of Kalona, Iowa. The son of a large-animal veterinarian, Paul was exposed to a working environment early on, watching his father deal with livestock workers both in his farm practice and the Kalona Sales Barn practice, which dealt with hogs, cattle and sheep. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Paul decided to go to law school. After seeing how injured workers were consistently cheated out of the benefits they should have been receiving, he decided to focus on workers’ compensation law. He founded the Paul McAndrew Law Firm, PLLC in 1999, and continues to have a passion for protecting the interests of working men and women and their families.

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Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1985


  • J.D., University of Iowa, 1983 (with high distinction)
  • B.A., University of Iowa, 1979

Court Admissions

  • Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa, 1983
  • U.S. Claims Court, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003


  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Johnson County Bar Association; (1985-present)
  • Iowa State Bar (1985-present; Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section, 1994-1995)
  • Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee (President 2006, Claimant’s Counsel Representative, 2000-present)
  • Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys (President 2007; Representative, Board of Governors 1993-present)
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (Representative, Board of Governors, 1993-2012)
  • Secretary, Workers’ Compensation Section, 1997-1998
  • American Association for Justice (Member 1985-present: Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section, 2001)
  • Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (Board Member, 1997-present; Secretary, 2009; Vice-President, 2012)
  • Member, AFT Local #716 (2006-present)
  • Fellow, College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, 2008-present
  • Member, University of Iowa Occupational Medicine Residency Program Advisory Board (2010-present)
  • Member, Iowa Legal Aid Advisory Council (2011-present)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance (2010-present)
  • Member, Union Privilege Legal Services (2001-present)


  • Faculty Recognition (Community Citizenship) Award, Awarded at Graduation from UI Law School, 1983
  • President’s Award, received from Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 2010 & 2011
  • Award for being Iowa Association for Justice Workers’ Compensation Core Group Charter Member in 1997, Awarded 2011


  • “Harmless Error in Criminal Appeals,” 67 Iowa Law Review 607, 1982
  • Editor, Contemporary Studies Project, Iowa Law Review, 1982-1983
  • Work Place Injury Litigation, Ch. 1, “Compensability of Work-related Heart Attacks” (2004, eds. Todd Mc Farren & Glen Grossman)
  • The Postville Immigration Raid; A Manmade Disaster, Vol. 12, No. 2, Winter 2009, Workers’ Compensation & Workplace Injury Section (A Publication of the American Association for Justice)
  • “Let Injured Workers Choose Their Own Doctor,” Workers’ First Watch, Spring 2009 (Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group).