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Education

  • Louisiana State University Law School, B.A. (2008)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2011) with Honors; Senior Managing Editor, The George Washington Law Review; Moot Court Board; Thurgood Marshall Scholar

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Andrew Pruitt

Partner
Washington, D.C.
apruitt@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2500
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Andrew Pruitt is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group. Andrew’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, investigations, and government enforcement matters, including consumer actions, multidistrict proceedings, and class actions.

Andrew’s experience includes developing and executing nationwide defense strategies for Fortune 500 clients in high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters in federal and state courts. He has counseled clients in a wide range of pre-litigation, litigation, and investigations proceedings, and has advised companies on crisis management, PR strategies, and litigation communications in highly sensitive disputes.

Andrew has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including energy, chemical, manufacturing, technology, automation, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and consumer products. He has worked extensively with expert witnesses in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including engineering, economics, hydraulics and fluid dynamics, and toxicology, and has a track record of crafting winning strategies for clients in high-profile commercial disputes turning on complex technical and scientific issues.

Andrew is also a trial lawyer with first-chair trial experience in federal court. His litigation and trial victories have been featured in numerous national publications, including The American Lawyer, Law360, and Science. He also has a broad-based appellate litigation practice and has represented clients in high-profile appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal circuit courts.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Andrew was a partner at a major global law firm in Washington, D.C.

Representative Matters

Andrew’s litigation experience, including from his time prior to joining Crowell & Moring, includes the following matters:

  • Represented BP in multidistrict and related civil litigation arising out of the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and fire and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented the State of Georgia in a rare “original jurisdiction” dispute in the Supreme Court of the United States related to equitable apportionment of the waters of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin.
  • Represented Tronox in antitrust proceedings brought by the FTC related to Tronox’s $2.2 billion worldwide acquisition of Cristal's TiO(2) business.
  • Represented a major student lender/loan servicer in various state AG litigation matters and government investigations.
  • Represented a foreign automation company in defense of litigation concerning the United Nations Oil-For-Food Program and claimed transactions with the Government of Iraq.
  • Represented a global consulting and digital services company in defense of a putative whistleblower class action claiming an alleged kickback scheme in violation of the False Claims Act.
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in complex multidistrict commercial litigation involving over 20 cases brought by state attorneys general alleging Medicaid/Medicare fraud and unfair competition based on purported inflation of published drug prices (AWP/WAC).
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a nationwide qui tam suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act related to drug prices.


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Second Circuits



Publications

  • "Judicial Deference to Retroactive Interpretative Treasury Regulations," 79 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1558 (2011) (cited in Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Home Builders on Behalf of Respondents, No. 11-139, United States v. Home Concrete & Supply, LLC, et al., 566 U.S. 478 (2012)). Author: Andrew Pruitt.


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Jan.14.2020 Experienced Litigator and Strategist Andrew Pruitt Joins Crowell & Moring