Andrew J. 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.
Chambers USA (2018) ranks Andy in Band 1 for nationwide appellate lawyers, stating that Andy is a “leading light of the appellate Bar, making frequent appearances in high-stakes and high-profile Supreme Court arguments”; “‘Andy Pincus is without a doubt one of the most stellar advocates in the country – at the Supreme Court, in the lower courts, in the non-court advocacy space and in counseling behind closed doors.’”
“‘Andy is one of the most brilliant lawyers I have worked with,’ enthuses one client. ‘He has a wonderful demeanor and is really highly regarded'” (Chambers USA 2017).
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.
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.
- Yale University, BA, cum laude
- Columbia Law School, JD
- New York
- District of Columbia
- US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Activities : Andy served as a member of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce established by the Internet Tax Freedom Act, 1999-2000
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