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Andrew focuses his practice on resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution for businesses, securities broker-dealers and other attorneys. Through his practical approach and vigorous representation, Andy has developed deep personal relationships with clients, some of whom he has represented for more than 30 years.

Andrew represents clients in complex corporate and commercial matters including corporate, partnership and real estate disputes; as well as fiduciary duty, securities fraud and stockholder and derivative claims. Andy handles matters cost efficiently while minimizing disruption to his clients and their business without compromising effectiveness.  If there is no available practical business solution, Andy draws on his 40 years of trial experience and zealously represents his client’s rights through the courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the country. 

Andy also represents securities broker-dealers in customer and industry arbitrations, regulatory inquiries, disciplinary proceedings and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state agencies. He advises broker-dealers on registration, regulatory, compliance and policy issues, and he has served as counsel to a major association of agency only broker/dealers. He also is involved in corporate and commercial transactions, generally with regulatory issues or arising from venture capital activities of broker-dealer clients. 

Andy is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a select honorary society of litigators and trial lawyers nationally recognized for their effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, and the highest ethical reputations. He served as the Arbitration Vice-Chair of the American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution (known as the AAADR) of the LCA from 2012-2016, and is currently Chair of the Institute.  Andy is leading the AAADR’s mission of fostering a greater understanding of alternative methods for dispute resolution including arbitration to provide clients access to more cost-effective alternatives to traditional litigation.  Towards the same objective, Andy is also the Coordinator for the arbitration sub-initiative of Globalaw, a select international law firm network. 

In addition, Andy counsels attorneys on issues of professional ethics, has been retained as an expert witness in defense of legal malpractice claims and serves, and has served, as regular outside counsel to major national law firms.

Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Litigation Counsel of America
    • Chair, 2016-present
    • Vice-Chair/Arbitration, 2012-2016
  • Amicus Committee, Commission on Social Action, Union of Reform Judaism, Member, 2007-present
  • Committee of the United States Judicial Conference to Consider Standards for Admission to Practice in the Federal Courts, Consultant, 1976-1980
  • Globalaw International Arbitration Sub-Initiative, Coordinator, 2016-present
  • New York University Chesler Prelaw Program, Board Member, 2003-present
  • Respondents for the Union for Reform Judaism in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 131 S.Ct. 2806 (2011), Author of, and counsel of record on, the amicus brief
  • Westchester (NY) Chamber of Commerce, General Counsel, 2002-2007

Community Activities

  • Eastern District, Union of Reform Judaism, Chair, 2010-2012
  • Editorial Board, Union of Reform Judaism Press, Member, 2013-2015
  • Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Union of Reform Judaism
    • Member, 2008-2012
    • Board of Trustees, Member, 2007-2014
  • Greater New York Council of Union of Reform Judaism
    • President, 2008-2010
    • Board Member, 2002-2010
    • Regional Vice President, 2004-2008
  • Scarsdale (NY) Synagogue/Tremont Temple, President, 2000-2002
  • Union of Reform Judaism/Central Conference of American Rabbis Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement, Member, 2013-present
  • Westchester County (NY) United Jewish Appeal Business and Professional Division, Board Member, 2005-2007

Experience

Experience

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

Publications

Admissions

  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 2003
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1988
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1977
  • B.A., New York University (magna cum laude), 1974
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (New York) Recognized Practitioner, Litigation: Securities, 2014-2017
  • Legal Leaders “New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers”, New York magazine, 2012 - 2013, 2015 
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2008-present
  • New York City Litigators, "Legal Elite", Avenue Magazine, 2010-2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for Commercial Litigation, 2010-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Preeminent Peer Review Rated

 

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