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 complex civil litigation and in enforcement matters brought by regulators including 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.
According to Chambers USA, Andy is “a cerebral lawyer who really does a very effective job. He's an excellent, persuasive writer and very smart, thoughtful lawyer." Andy also has been recognized by Super Lawyers in Appellate Litigation and Securities and Financial Litigation, and named a “Top Rated Litigator” by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine. 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 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.
Defended entity that managed a collateralized-debt obligation (CDO) against fraud claims brought by institutional investor.
Defended financial services firm:
Advised Independent Reviewer of national settlement agreement between a major bank and the Department of Justice relating to home mortgages.
Defended former senior bank executive in investigations by the Department of Justice and SEC relating to Swiss banks.
Defended mutual-fund entity against civil fraud claims and in SEC investigation.
Defended national accounting firms in SEC investigations.
Defended president of investment company in grand jury investigation and related litigation.
Represented financial advisor in the appeal of constitutional challenges to the SEC’s administrative process.
Defended national accounting firm against enforcement action by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.