"unique in his position as New York’s only pure appellate lawyer"
Chambers USA 2008
Over the course of his career, Andrew Frey has earned the esteem of clients and colleagues alike, both as a successful appellate litigator and as a sophisticated legal thinker and strategist. Chambers USA 2008 recognized Andy as "unique in his position as New York’s only pure appellate lawyer." More recently, Andy was named as the “New York City Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers 2012. He was also named one of Benchmark’s 2013 Appellate National and New York Litigation Stars. Additionally, Chambers USA 2007 noted that "In the pantheon of appellate practitioners, Andrew Frey occupies a vertiginous position. . . . [He is a]cclaimed throughout the USA as ‘utterly phenomenal’ before the Supreme Court." Andy was victorious in a significant punitive damages case on behalf of Philip Morris USA, in which the Supreme Court overturned a $79.5 million award previously granted to an Oregon woman. In 2006, Andy was included on the National Law Journal's list of "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. " He is regularly named in rankings of top lawyers in the fields of appellate practice and "bet the company cases."
Andy focuses on US Supreme Court and federal and state appellate practice. He is especially known for his imaginative and successful punitive damages defense efforts. In the US Supreme Court alone, he has been responsible for hundreds of briefs on the merits, a similar number of certiorari petitions, and several thousand briefs in opposition to certiorari petitions. He has argued 66 cases in the US Supreme Court, and has also argued numerous cases in the federal courts of appeals and in the supreme courts of 12 states. Andy’s advice on appellate litigation strategy is widely sought and valued.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 1986, Andy served as a Deputy Solicitor General in the US Department of Justice (1973–1986) and as Assistant to the Solicitor General (1972–1973). Previously, he engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC, served as Special Counsel to the Governor of the US Virgin Islands (1963–1965), and, from 1962 to 1963, served as Law Clerk to The Honorable George T. Washington of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Andrew’s professional accomplishments have been recognized with such prestigious awards as: the Burton Award for Legal Achievement (2005); the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service (1985); the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (1980); and the John Marshall Award from the US Department of Justice (1975).