Andy Natale - Distinguished Service Award 2019

Partner - Hahn Loeser & Parks

Andy Natale was coerced into the construction industry at a young age when his brother Carl pulled Andy into his new business. While he didn’t enjoy the work, and found his brother to be a tough boss, Andy learned many valuable skills that he still carries with him: everything matters, the importance of seeing a project through to completion, and the value in doing a job right the first time.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1979, Andy went on to receive his juris doctor from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1989. He has devoted his entire career to working in the construction industry, representing general contractors, design/builders, surety companies, subcontractors, specialty trades, suppliers, manufacturers, developers, lenders, owners and design professionals in all aspects of construction law.

Andy often says “That is why G-d made me” and there is no question G-d made Andy to be a construction lawyer.  Andy’s understanding, ability to synthesize information and strategy, and amazing advocacy are unparalleled.  Andy is 110% committed to his clients, colleagues, family, and the construction industry.  Andy has been a mentor, teacher, and personal friend.  At the time I met him I was looking for a job that would keep me busy and someone who would teach me the ropes – boy did I ever find that!

 

Even in battling ALS, Andy has been amazing. 

 

When Andy told us he had ALS in 2016 we didn’t know how much time he had.  But earlier this Summer Andy was able to meaningfully participate in his son’s wedding.  Andy is blessed and I feel blessing having been part of his life.," - Aaron Evenchik, Hahn Loeser & Parks

For the last nine years, Andy has been an instructor for numerous classes at CEA including BIM and Risk Management courses. He also has given presentations to Associated General Contractors, Future Executives Committee and Contractors Assistance Association. He serves as an advisor to numerous construction associations, companies and individuals in all aspects of construction law, including arbitration, mediation and complex commercial litigation.  

Andy views his most significant legacy not as his work in construction law or even teaching any technical skills; he’s most proud to have taught others

  1. that you cannot care enough;
  2. that passion makes this industry unique;
  3. that we exist to make a difference for others; and
  4. to be proactive and have pride in everything you do."

However, Andy’s story goes far beyond his legal practice. Within just a year of beginning his practice, Andy became involved with CEA’s education and training efforts. He continues to teach courses in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Risk Management as well as the Project Manager Development Program. He also participates regularly as a speaker for Lorman Education, NBI, and on a variety of alternative dispute resolution topics for the American Arbitration Association. He is an Advisor and Counselor to numerous construction associations, companies and individuals. Andy has been a big supporter of the ACE Mentor Cleveland Program.