Andrew Morris

Partner

Washington, D.C., New York

Andrew J. Morris is called on by clients for high-stakes securities litigation, financial-services litigation, and other complex financial disputes.

Andrew (Andy) represents clients in civil litigation and in matters initiated by regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, banking agencies, and the Department of Justice. He has extensive experience in procedural settings including parallel proceedings, internal investigations, class actions, and grand jury investigations. He handles matters involving the securities laws, financial services laws, professional liability, corporate governance, and various business torts. He advises clients about issues involving special committees and audit committees.

Andy has tried numerous cases and argued appeals in various federal and state courts, and he has tried administrative matters and arbitrations. He has taught trial advocacy for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Andy served as a federal prosecutor with an Office of Independent Counsel and in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Andy has written for a wide range of legal periodicals, including leading law journals; his writing has been cited by courts, scholars, and commentators. Andy was recognized by Super Lawyers in Appellate Litigation and Securities and Financial Litigation, and was named a 2017 “Top Rated Litigator” by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine.

Andy clerked for the Honorable Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Andy holds law degrees from Oxford University and University of Virginia Law School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, all with honors. He is a certified public accountant.

    • Defend entity that managed a collateralized-debt obligation (CDO) against fraud claims brought by institutional investor.
    • Represent clients in challenges to the constitutionality of SEC administrative proceedings.
    • Advise Independent Reviewer of national settlement agreement between a major bank and Department of Justice relating to home mortgages.
    • Defend national accounting firms and overseas members of global accounting networks in SEC and PCAOB matters.
    • Defend former senior bank executive in investigations relating to Swiss banks.
    • Defend issuers and accounting firms in securities class actions.
    • Defend national accounting firm against claims arising from the failure of its audit client due to involvement in securitization of subprime mortgages.
    • Defend president of investment company in grand jury investigation and related litigation.
    • Defend audit partners in grand jury investigations.
    • Defend mutual-fund entity against civil fraud claims and in SEC investigation.
    • Defend national accounting firm against enforcement action by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.