Profile

Andy creatively and efficiently navigates the waters of complex civil litigation, achieving successful results for his clients as both defendants and plaintiffs. He has developed an expertise in class action matters, particularly on behalf of victims of investment fraud and related matters, achieving significant recoveries for his clients.

Andy has also developed a growing banking and mortgage litigation practice, as well as a focus in copyright matters for studio clients. He is an instrumental figure in the firm’s white collar criminal defense practice, including conducting internal investigations.

Andy has worked extensively on appellate matters and has argued numerous cases before the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also has a very active pro bono practice, and, with the firm, received Inner City Law Center’s Humanitarian Award in 2014 for work on slum housing matters.

Experience

Andy’s recent experience includes:

  • Obtained a defense verdict after a five-week jury trial representing a multinational energy company against claims for compensatory damages of $25 million, as well as punitive damages, brought by a local governmental body who had been compelled to clean up wastes left over when their tenant, an oil recycler, went out of business. After only two hours of deliberation, the jury rendered a complete defense verdict in our client’s favor which was confirmed on appeal
  • Represented Shell Oil Company in a ten-week jury trial involving claims by a land company for cleanup of hydrocarbon contamination after substituting into an action a mere three weeks before trial. Won a nonsuit on the punitive damages claim and obtained a jury verdict for the client on two out of the three areas of contamination at issue. The award on the remaining plume—after the verdict was reduced by more than $14 million on appeal—was $3.9 million, almost $20 million less than the plaintiff’s pretrial settlement demand
  • On behalf of investors, obtained more than $17 million in settlements with two major financial institutions and an accounting firm that were alleged to have aided the operators of a complex Ponzi scheme. Andy also recently achieved a mid-seven-figure settlement for investors with an accounting firm that was alleged to have aided and abetted breaches of fiduciary duty and fraud by a hedge fund that was invested in numerous fraudulent sub-funds
  • Recovered more than $35 million in a mass-construction defect case for homeowners in a large housing development
  • Along with co-counsel from the firm of Keker Van Nest & Peters, represented former KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz in his federal criminal trial. The defense achieved an acquittal on 17 of 20 charges, and a noncustodial sentence
  • In a bad-faith insurance case, achieved a high-seven-figure settlement after persuading the California Court of Appeal to reverse summary judgment for the insurer in a well-publicized decision
  • Obtained summary judgment for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. and all individual defendants in a copyright infringement case in the Northern District of California related to the motion picture Premium Rush
  • Obtained summary judgment for Warner Bros. and all individual defendants in a copyright infringement case in which the plaintiffs claimed damages of $40 million. Andy successfully defended the judgment before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Represented the former CEO of PFF Bank in several matters stemming from the bank’s seizure, obtaining a dismissal in one matter and resolving a securities fraud class action and ERISA class action seeking, cumulatively, well over $100 million without any payment from the client. Andy has represented numerous former officers and directors of seized banks in litigation with the FDIC. These matters have been resolved with no or de minimis payments by his clients
  • Represented a former STEC, Inc., executive in an SEC investigation. Despite receipt of a Wells notice, the Caldwell Leslie team persuaded the SEC not to bring any charges against our client. Andy has also represented targets of criminal and administrative investigations, helping avoid further prosecution of the matters or negotiating favorable plea agreements, and has conducted numerous internal investigations for clients into potential criminal conduct
  • Achieved settlements for more than $1 million and significant building-wide repairs for tenants in slum housing litigation with Inner City Law Center

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, J.D., Order of the Coif; Member, California Law Review
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude, Economics and History

Admissions

Bars

  • California
  • U.S. District Court: Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit

Awards and Associations

Daily Journal, Top 20 Lawyers Under 40 (2012)

Southern California Super Lawyers (2013–present) and Southern California Rising Star (2005–2012)

Clerkships

  • Hon. Mariana R. Pfaelzer, U.S. District Court: Central District of California