Andrew Lauria is an associate in Pillsbury's Litigation and Employment & Labor practices and is located in the New York office. He focuses his practice on complex commercial and employment litigation.

Andrew has worked for clients on a variety of litigation and pre-litigation matters, including employment disputes, construction defects litigation, commercial contract renegotiation, and complex financial services litigation. Andrew also assists in advising employers to comply with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations in reviewing employee handbooks, manuals, policies, and agreements, as well as by conducting employment-related due diligence in merger and acquisition transactions.  Andrew's pro bono practice includes representing immigrants seeking asylum and special immigrant juvenile status.

Representative Experience

Assisted employers in reaching favorable settlements through mediations conducted by JAMS and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Represented a residential mortgage-backed securities trustee in litigation involving $900 million in disputed mortgage insurance claims.


Advised electronics manufacturer in successfully renegotiating a long-term supply agreement.

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  • Employment Litigation
    • Represented employer in successfully mediating a class action alleging a WARN Act violation to settlement.
    • Represented employer in successfully mediating claim of disability discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to settlement.
    • Assisted in trial preparation, Portuguese-language document review, motion practice, and drafting post-trial conclusions of law representing employer in suit against former head of Latin America sales for breach of duty of loyalty, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets, which went to trial.
  • Employment Counseling
    • Prepared employee handbook supplements and internal human resources memoranda on employment laws covering 48 U.S. jurisdictions.
    • Conducted internal investigation into suspected wrongdoing by overseas employees involving bribes and kickbacks with business affiliates.
    • Drafted and reviewed employment, independent contractor, restrictive covenant, confidentiality, severance, and separation agreements.
    • Advised client in hiring employees subject to restrictive covenants from competing business.
    • Drafted and issued cease and desist letters on behalf of client to former employees subject to restrictive covenants.
    • Conducted due diligence in merger and acquisition transactions for employment-related legal issues including impermissible leave, wage/bonus forfeiture, and discrimination polices; invalid restrictive covenants; employee/independent contractor misclassification; misclassification for overtime and minimum wage purposes; history of workplace safety, wage/hour, workers’ compensation, and discrimination claims; and other forms of noncompliance with federal, state, and local employment law.
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Representing an innovative, not-for-profit environmental company in breach of commitment letter for financing relating to asset purchase agreement arising out of bankruptcy of a major U.S. coal company.
    • Represented software company in reaching favorable settlement in misappropriation claim brought by business competitor through mediation.
    • Represented aircraft manufacturer by investigating series of deals to defend against claims for breach of aircraft purchase agreements and alleged oral agreements.
  • Financial Services Litigation
    • Representing Japanese bank in two class action suits alleging manipulation of LIBOR and TIBOR.
    • Represented a residential mortgage-backed securities trustee in litigation spanning nearly a decade and involving $900 million in disputed mortgage insurance claims, which ultimately resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Pro Bono
    • Represented Honduran family in a family court and before USCIS to obtain special immigrant juvenile status for three brothers.
    • Represented individuals from Burkina Faso and Rwanda to seek asylum successfully before the Asylum Office.
    • Assisted new charter school in the Bronx to prepare employment offer letters and employee handbook.
    • Coaching a Queens high school’s moot court and mock trial teams.

Professional Highlights

Former adjunct professor at Hofstra Law School, where he taught a course entitled “Understanding Statutes and Regulations” to students seeking LLM and M.A. degrees in Public Health and Policy.


Legal intern at the Hofstra Law Asylum Clinic, where he worked directly with asylum-seekers from Latin America and Asia to prepare their cases so they may successfully gain asylum.

Education

  • J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 2015
    magna cum laude, Senior Research Editor, Hofstra Law Review

    B.A., Temple University, 2012
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • Eastern District of New York

    Southern District of New York

Languages

  • Italian

    Portuguese

    Spanish