Practice:

Litigation

Andrea Likwornik Weiss is a litigator who has tried more than 45 cases, conducted many evidentiary hearings, and argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts.  Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and criminal defense.

Prior to returning to the private sector in 2001, Ms. Weiss served for twelve years as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she rose to become a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.  As an Assistant United States Attorney, she handled a wide variety of white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including matters involving securities fraud, public corruption, financial crimes, and environmental crimes.  For her work in the Southern District, she received both the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance.

Ms. Weiss has a diverse civil litigation practice, with a concentration in retail and investment banking matters.  Her financial institution practice encompasses defensive and affirmative litigation, and has included cases involving Ponzi schemes; cases arising under federal and state securities laws, the Uniform Commercial Code, and consumer protection and credit reporting statutes; and matters involving cross-border discovery, among others. Outside the financial institution context her cases have included, among others, derivative actions, family and partnership disputes, insurance litigation, and a wage and hour class action.

Ms. Weiss also represents clients in connection with federal and state regulatory and criminal proceedings, providing counsel on navigating complex government investigations and prosecutions.  Drawing on her extensive trial experience, she has successfully resolved matters for clients at both the pre- and post-indictment stage.  Her tenacious investigations and vigorous advocacy have led the United States Department of Justice and the Manhattan District Attorney to dismiss cases after charges were filed.  Ms. Weiss has represented clients in cases involving allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, health care fraud, grand larceny, harassment, and attempted murder.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Weiss has been involved in many professional and educational activities.  She has taught classes on trial practice and complex grand jury investigations to practicing lawyers; co-chaired a continuing legal education program on federal criminal practice at the New York City Bar Association; and was an adjunct associate professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she taught a moot court class to undergraduates.  Working through non-profits such as New York Legal Assistance Group, Urban Justice Center, and Her Justice, she has provided pro bono legal services to poor and underserved communities.

Ms. Weiss was selected for inclusion in New York Metro Super Lawyers 2010 and 2013-18 editions.  In the 2015 edition, she was listed as one of the top 50 women lawyers