Experienced General Counsel in Healthcare and Higher Education. 29 years of Legal Experience. U.S. Navy Veteran.
Andrew Newton is a seasoned attorney who has zealously represented his clients for almost three decades. His practice focuses on healthcare and higher education.
As the general counsel for Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia), Andrew represented individual providers and hospitals in disputes with Medicare/Medicaid and other payors; licensing, credentialing, and professional liability matters; risk management and employment issues; environmental concerns; contract drafting and negotiation; and virtually every other aspect of healthcare law. He also handled legal issues related to allegations of research misconduct and the protection and commercialization of intellectual property. Among numerous appointments, Andrew served as the first HIPAA privacy officer for the university and as a board member for the university’s research foundation.
In addition to his higher education experience with Augusta University, Andrew also served as the lead attorney for Kennesaw State University, where he shepherded major transactions, including the naming of a new football stadium and the outsourcing of major campus functions; handled employment matters, such as high-level sensitive investigations and separations of employees at all levels of the organization; dealt with first amendment issues; and managed governance and compliance issues related to affiliated foundations.
Having supervised the strategic administrative units of human resources, public safety, EEO/Title IX, ethics and compliance, and athletics compliance, Andrew has assessed and resolved innumerable legal matters in those areas. He also has the rare experience of managing legal issues related to two major university mergers.
While serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Andrew tried numerous criminal cases before military courts and served as the command judge advocate for the Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He rose to the rank of lieutenant commander prior to his honorable discharge in 1995 after receiving the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
- University of South Carolina, J.D. and B.A. (English)
Current and Past Professional Associations
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Augusta Bar Association
Andrew has made numerous presentations at conferences for healthcare practitioners and attorneys, including the American Health Lawyers Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and at various continuing medical education sessions. He has taught university courses as a part-time faculty member and been a frequent lecturer at the graduate and undergraduate level.