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Andrew Pincus Named a “2015 Litigation Trailblazer”

- The National Law Journal

Mayer Brown’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice recognized among the “elite of the elite”

– Reuters Special Report

Unprincipled Prosecution: Abuse of Power and Profiteering in the New ‘Litigation Swarm’

Appointed “Firm of the Year” in the Appellate Law category for the second consecutive year

US News & World Report/Best Law Firms 2014

Andrew Pincus focuses his appellate practice on briefing and arguing cases in the Supreme Court of the United States and in federal and state appellate courts; developing legal strategy for trial courts; and presenting policy and legal arguments to Congress, state legislatures, and regulatory agencies.

Andy has argued 25 cases in the Supreme Court, including Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (2015), and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011). Law360 ranked Andy’s victory in Concepcion as the most important Supreme Court class action decision of the last 15 years.  Andy was named a 2015 Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, and was profiled as a member of Law360’s 2014 Appellate A-List. Andy's work in Concepcion and successful defense of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's right to run for office were cited by the American Lawyer in its article naming Mayer Brown as one of the top six US litigation firms in the 2012 Litigation Department of the Year report.

A former Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice (1984-1988), Andy co-founded and serves as co-director of the Yale Law School's Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic (2006-present), which provides pro bono representation in 10-15 Supreme Court cases each year. Andy's Supreme Court oral arguments are available here. A selection of his more than 250 appellate briefs is available here.

Andy's practice also includes detailed written and oral advocacy before Congress, other legislative bodies, and regulatory agencies regarding a variety of policy and legal issues. He frequently testifies before Congress on a variety of subjects, including patent reform, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reform of the federal litigation system, and the Supreme Court's decisions in cases involving business law issues. Andy successfully represented clients in connection with passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Chambers USA reports (2015) that clients say Andy "'has an excellent command of strategy'" and in oral argument "'has mastered the record and the law and thinks exceptionally well on his feet.'" Commentators (2014) describe Andy as "'an excellent lawyer'" who is "'very smart'"; they "praise the breadth of" Andy's Supreme Court practice, "and state that he 'gets tapped for the really important matters'" (2013). Andy is "a superb lawyer who is involved in lots of influential cases" (2010) and "is commended for his "masterful performances'" before the Court (2009).

Legal 500 ranked Andy as a Leading Lawyer in Mayer Brown’s tier one Supreme Court practice (2015), and Benchmark Litigation (2016) named Andy as a National Litigation Star. According to Legal 500 (2014), Andy has a "superb reputation" and "is 'one of the best Supreme Court advocates in the country' and a 'brilliant strategist'" (2013). An "'excellent Supreme Court oralist'" (2011), he "is cited by clients as 'a total superstar' who is 'unbelievably smart,' and who 'objectively belongs on any list of leaders'" (2008). Andy's appellate experience has also won him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2016).

Reporters often turn to Andy for commentary on Supreme Court cases. He also frequently speaks and writes on legal issues for academic, professional, and general audiences.

While serving as General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce (1997-2000), Andy had principal responsibility for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. He also participated in formulation of policy concerning intellectual property protection, privacy, domain name management, taxation of electronic commerce, export controls, international trade, and consumer protection.

Before rejoining Mayer Brown, Andy served as General Counsel of Andersen Worldwide S.C. Following law school graduation, Andy was Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold H. Greene, United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1981-1982), after which he practiced with another major law firm in Washington.

Andy is a contributor to Class Defense, the firm's blog on key issues affecting class action law and policy.

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