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, as well as on developing legal arguments in trial courts.
Andy has argued 24 cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, four of them in the 2010 and 2011 Terms, including AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011). For his victory in Concepcion, Andy was named Litigator of the Week by the American Lawyer and Appellate Lawyer of the Week by the National Law Journal. The Financial Times rated Concepcion as a “stand out” result in its US Innovative Lawyers 2011 study. Andy has filed briefs in more than 150 cases in the Supreme Court.
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.
According to Legal 500 (2013), Andy “is ‘one of the best Supreme Court advocates in the country’ and a ‘brilliant strategist.’” 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). Chambers USA reports (2013) that commentators “praise the breadth of” Andy’s Supreme Court practice, “and state that he ‘gets tapped for the really important matters.’” 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). Andy's appellate experience has also won him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America (2006-2014).
Andy also advises clients on legislative and regulatory matters. In 2011, Andy testified before Congressional committees regarding patent reform legislation, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Supreme Court’s decisions in cases involving businesses. Andy also 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), he formulated and implemented policy concerning intellectual property, electronic authentication, privacy, domain name management, taxation of electronic commerce, telecommunications matters, export controls, international trade, and consumer protection. Andy advocated these policies in negotiations with foreign governments and in testimony before Congress; and he had principal responsibility for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.
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.