Andrew M. Serrao

Associate

New York
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Overview

Andrew Serrao focuses his practice on bankruptcy litigation, white-collar criminal defense, anti-corruption matters and corporate investigations. He has substantial experience in litigation involving financial fraud and handles all aspects of commercial litigation. Andrew’s experience includes crafting general litigation strategy, preparing motions, taking depositions and managing all aspects of discovery.

Andrew is also a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. A recent graduate of the Army’s Direct Commission Course and Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, Andrew serves in the Army’s 16th Legal Operations Detachment, where he represents soldiers as a trial defense counsel.

Select Experience

  • Senior associate on the team serving as counsel to the court-appointed Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, an unprecedented recovery effort stemming from one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history.
  • Member of trial team representing large professional services firm in breach-of-contract litigation concerning non-competition agreements with former employees. Represented client in all aspects of litigation, including taking depositions, pretrial motions, preparation of jury instructions and extensive three week trial. Successfully obtained verdict of tens of millions of dollars.
  • Represented large generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in a U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Antitrust investigation. Managed a search warrant execution and concurrent grand jury investigation as part of a coordinated inquiry into alleged price fixing, customer allocation and other market-manipulative conduct within the generics pharmaceutical industry.
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Experience

  • Senior associate on the team serving as counsel to the court-appointed Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, an unprecedented recovery effort stemming from one of the largest financial frauds in U.S. history.
    • Supervises outside investigative firms in worldwide fact gathering investigations in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean.
    • Conducts multinational investigations in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean to trace billions of dollars of assets that stemmed from the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
    • Lead associate on case involved in active discovery against a British Isles fund that received millions of dollars of Madoff customer property.
  • Member of trial team representing large professional services firm in breach-of-contract litigation concerning non-competition agreements with former employees. Represented client in all aspects of litigation, including taking depositions, pretrial motions, preparation of jury instructions and extensive three week trial. Successfully obtained verdict of tens of millions of dollars.
  • Represented large generics pharmaceutical manufacturer in a U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Antitrust investigation. Managed a search warrant execution and concurrent grand jury investigation as part of a coordinated inquiry into alleged price fixing, customer allocation and other market-manipulative conduct within the generics pharmaceutical industry.
  • Represented individual under DOJ and SEC investigation for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Recognitions and Memberships

Pro Bono

  • Won appeal for asylum based on gender identity for Mexican transgender client. Represented client in all aspects of asylum process, including filing asylum application, interviewing medical providers and fact interviews, gathering evidence, preparing legal brief and representing client at interview with adjudicating asylum officer.
  • Won appeal in New York’s Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department, concerning client’s standing to seek visitation with his young daughter. Argued second appeal for same client regarding issue of first impression concerning child custody and parental rights.
  • Successfully obtained divorce settlement for client in connection with BakerHostetler’s partnership with Her Justice, an organization that provides legal services to low-income women and victims of domestic violence.
  • Argued appeal in representation of client who filed a claim with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Prior Positions

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Brian F. Kenney, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (2014 to 2015)

Military Service

  • U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps: First Lieutenant (2021 to present)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law, 2014; Editor-in-Chief, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review; National Competitor, Moot Court Honor Society; Recipient, American Bankruptcy Institute Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
  • B.A., Political Science, New York University, 2010, cum laude

Languages

  • Spanish

Blog

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Blockchain Monitor
DOJ and IRS May Soon Begin Enforcement Actions Against Virtual Currency Tax Fraudsters
By John J. Carney, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jeffrey H. Paravano, Andrew M. Serrao
October 22, 2020
In the past several years, the use and prevalence of virtual currency have increased exponentially. The proliferation of digital assets has changed the way goods and services are exchanged and has allowed for faster and cheaper...
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Data Counsel
California OAG Proposes New CCPA Regs Two Weeks Before Voters Decide on the Fate of CCPA 2.0
By Andrew M. Serrao
October 20, 2020
On Monday, Oct. 12, the California Office of the Attorney General (the Attorney General or OAG) released a third set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regulations (the Regulations). The full text can...
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