Education

  • Louisiana State University, B.A. (2008)
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2011)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Andrew Pruitt

Partner
apruitt@crowell.com
+1.202.624.2500

Andrew Pruitt is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. He litigates complex commercial disputes and high-profile government enforcement actions, including consumer class actions, product liability, false advertising, and antitrust/competition matters. He is a trial lawyer with first-chair jury trial experience in federal court.

Andrew’s clients are global Fortune 500 companies spanning the technology, digital services, consumer products, manufacturing, industrial automation, energy, and automotive sectors. He has deep experience working with expert witnesses in a variety of scientific disciplines, including engineering, fluid dynamics, multiphase flow, hydrology, economics, and industrial organization.

His victories inside and outside the courtroom have been featured in national legal publications like The American Lawyer and Law360. His groundbreaking work in matters involving cutting-edge technologies and unprecedented legal issues has also been featured in Science, Nature, Wired, and Physics Today.

In addition to trial-level work in federal and state courts nationwide, he has briefed high-profile appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Second, Fourth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits, and has successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit on an issue of first impression.

Andrew is an active pro bono advocate and regularly represents political refugees from the Middle East, Africa, and other regions in asylum cases in the United States.

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



Affiliations

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



Representative Matters

Complex Commercial Litigation & Arbitration
  • Represented one of the world's largest oil & gas companies in landmark, multidistrict litigation  arising out of an  oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, including multiple bench trials in federal court, with billions of dollars in civil penalties at stake.
  • Represented U.S. state in a groundbreaking "original jurisdiction" dispute in the U.S. Supreme Court related to equitable apportionment of interstate waters, including a bench trial before a Special Master and two arguments before the Supreme Court, resulting in a unanimous (9-0) favorable decision.
  • Represented global automation & robotics company in defense of complex litigation concerning the UN Oil-For-Food Program and claimed transactions with the government of Iraq.
  • Represented major health plans in litigation and arbitration against retail pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in prescription drug reimbursement overpayments.
Consumer, Product & Class Action Litigation
  • Represented global automaker in federal consumer and product class action litigation alleging brake defects in millions of vehicles, associated with one of the largest vehicle recalls for any automaker since 2014.
  • Representing global automaker in consolidated, 50-state consumer and product class action litigation alleging defective high-pressure fuel injection pumps in diesel vehicles.
  • Represented one of the world's largest theme park companies in consumer class action litigation in federal and state court associated with the temporary closure and reopening of major parks and resorts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Represented global digital services company in defense of consumer class action litigation alleging unfair and deceptive practices and an alleged kickback scheme associated with pharmacy contracting practices.
Antitrust & Competition
  • Represented global manufacturing and chemical company as trial counsel in first-ever FTC administrative trial to block an unconsummated, multibillion-dollar worldwide acquisition.
  • Represented major student lender/loan servicer in multistate AG enforcement litigation and government investigations alleging unfair competition, consumer fraud, deceptive business practices, and false advertising.
  • Represented global pharmaceutical company in state AG enforcement litigation alleging unfair competition, fraud, and violations of the federal False Claims Act.
  • Represented global automaker in multiple class action lawsuits alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law.


Publications

  • "A Circuit-By-Circuit Review Of The False Ad Puffery Defense," Law360 (October 6, 2022). Authors: Andrew Pruitt, and Roy Abernathy.
  • "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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January 14, 2020 Experienced Litigator and Strategist Andrew Pruitt Joins Crowell & Moring