ANDREW "A.J." PYKA
Areas of Practice
Construction Accident Litigation
Dangerous Conditions of Public Property
Homeowner Association Litigation
Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Injury
Public Entity Defense
School District Defense
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Litigation
Mr. Pyka’s extensive trial experience spans the entire spectrum of civil litigation including construction, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, automobile, products liability, insurance bad faith, public entity defense and professional liability. His trials have included several multi-million dollar cases.
Mr. Pyka has completed more than seventy Superior Court jury trials with a winning percentage of over 90%. He was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates in 1983. He has also received the highest “AV” rating by the largest and most prominent independent evaluator of legal ability, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Mr. Pyka has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Orange County Superior Court and on the faculty of the Orange County Bar Association’s College of Trial Advocacy. He is a lecturer and panelist for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Barristers, and the National Business Institute. He has served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and is a panelist for the American Board of Trial Advocates “Masters in Trial” program. Mr. Pyka has been selected by both his peers and the Orange County Superior Court to arbitrate numerous cases.
Following his graduation from the University of Denver, Mr. Pyka spent two years in the United States Army, received his Juris Doctor from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972, and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of California and to the United States Supreme Court.
Outside his law practice, Mr. Pyka has volunteered his time to a number of youth organizations. He served as corporate board president for the Southern California Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, as well as regularly providing leadership to their annual state seminar. He has participated in the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Mock Trial program not only as a judge but, for eight years, as a team coach.