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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (2015)
  • Cornell Law School, J.D. (2019)

Admissions

  • New York

Andrea Charles

Associate
New York
acharles@crowell.com
Phone: +1 212.895.4317
590 Madison Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10022-2544

Andrea Charles is an associate in the New York office of Crowell & Moring and a member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation groups. In Andrea’s White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement practice, she focuses on counseling and representing corporate and individual clients in regulatory enforcement actions, government investigations, white collar criminal defense matters, and internal investigations. Andrea counsels large companies in risk-assessment and regulatory compliance, as well as individual clients on complex civil litigation issues. Andrea represents corporations and individuals in criminal and related regulatory and complex civil matters, including internal investigations and parallel proceedings by the U.S. Department of Justice and State Attorneys General.

Representative examples of Andrea’s work include:

  • Representing major corporation in the aerospace industry in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice into allegations of illegal agreements among competitors regarding recruiting and hiring. 
  • Represented a large corporation in simultaneous DOJ and State Attorney General investigations into allegations of corruption and fraud in procuring government tax credits. 
  • Representing CFO of community service organization in connection to SDNY investigation into company's financial practices. 
  • Achieved a favorable outcome for an individual client who pled guilty to participation in an insider trading scheme.

Andrea’s Litigation practice focuses on a broad spectrum of complex commercial, consumer, and retail litigation, including those involving class actions and multi-district litigation. She represents clients from a broad range of industries, including health insurers, financial institutions, retailers, and technology companies. She also represents numerous clients in connection with litigation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representative examples of Andrea’s litigation work include:

  • Defending major technological services company in breach of contract lawsuit with contractors in which it asserts additional counterclaims alleging that contractors engaged in a multi-schemed fraud against the company. 
  • Representing major health insurance plan in multiple disputes with out-of-network providers relating to charges in excess of reasonable and customary amounts. 
  • Representing Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in MDL national and statewide class actions asserting antitrust claims. 
  • Representing multiple retailers in connection with litigation arising due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Andrea maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in civil, constitutional, and criminal proceedings, including:

  • Representing multiple criminal defendants in the SDNY as part of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel in cases ranging from criminal fraud to robbery. Andrea recently helped to secure an order of nolle prosequi for one criminal defendant whose intellectual disability was found to render him unable to assist in his defense. 
  • Representing multiple plaintiffs asserting claims against police officers for Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations.

Andrea graduated from Cornell Law School in 2019. During her second year of law school, Andrea was chosen to serve as a Lawyering Program Honors Fellow, assisting students in the school’s first-year research and writing course. She was an active member of the Black Law Students Association, among other school organizations. She also served as a spring semester intern at Kids in Need of Defense, an organization that provides legal representation for refugee and migrant children seeking asylum and other forms of relief. In 2015, Andrea received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in criminology with minors in psychology and sociology.



Affiliations

  • Member, Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Admissions

Admitted to practice: New York