BakerHostetler Expands Cybersecurity Practice With Addition of Former Federal Cybercrime Prosecutor Edward J. McAndrew

Press Releases / July 11, 2022

PHILADELPHIA — July 11, 2022

Key takeaways
  • Edward J. McAndrew joins BakerHostetler’s Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, offices as a partner in the firm’s Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group and Privacy and Digital Risk Class Action and Litigation and Digital Risk Advisory and Cybersecurity teams.
  • A former federal cybercrime prosecutor, McAndrew served as a Cybercrime Coordinator and National Security Cyber Specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice and has led litigation and cyber practice groups at AmLaw 100 firms.
  • McAndrew brings more than two decades of counseling, investigation and trial experience in cybersecurity, privacy, digital media, criminal, national security, intellectual property, commercial, employment and governance issues.
Why this matters

McAndrew joins BakerHostetler from an AmLaw 50 firm at a time when the legal landscape around cybersecurity and privacy issues is rapidly evolving. He brings deep experience litigating and leading internal and governmental investigations on the most pressing technology issues facing organizations of all types and sizes. Working across the public and private sectors, McAndrew has an outstanding track record of assisting individual and organizational victims in all areas of cybercrime, with the rare ability to address cybersecurity and privacy issues in forensics labs, boardrooms and courtrooms. He is the most recent addition to BakerHostetler’s impressive roster of former federal prosecutors.

Key quote

“I’ve known Ed for more than a decade and am thrilled to welcome him to the Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group. His deep experience with digital investigations and prosecuting cybercrimes brings a unique perspective for our clients involved in data privacy litigation, internal investigations and governmental requests for data,” said Ted Kobus, chair of the DADM Practice Group. “Additionally, Ed’s experience with internet speech and safety issues on technology platforms will help us better support our clients on these issues.”

About McAndrew’s practice

During a career split between the DOJ and Am Law 100 firms, McAndrew has developed an impressive practice involving counseling on, investigating and litigating internet-related issues. As a former DOJ cybercrime prosecutor, he has extensive experience in digital investigations and litigation as well as governmental demands for data and assistance in regulatory, civil and criminal investigations. He also advises technology, media, government, financial services, retail and other clients on internet speech issues. McAndrew has led hundreds of digital investigations into cybercrime and other misconduct, and has tried dozens of cases to verdict — many of which involved high-profile and cutting-edge technology issues.

McAndrew’s arrival further strengthens BakerHostetler’s highly regarded DADM Practice Group. His litigation and investigation experience in both the public and private sectors, coupled with extensive board- and senior-executive-level counseling on cybersecurity and other cutting-edge technology issues, allow him to help clients navigate their most critical legal and cyber issues.

By appointment of the Supreme Court of Delaware, McAndrew serves as co-chair of its Commission on Law and Technology, which develops educational programs, guidelines and best practices regarding the use of technology and the practice of law. He is an avid commentator, presenter and author on legal issues related to cybersecurity, digital privacy, cybercrime, computer forensics and internet safety.

Key quote

“It’s exciting to welcome such an accomplished attorney to the firm and to our Philadelphia and Wilmington offices,” said Joseph Lucci, managing partner of the Philadelphia office. “Ed’s highly successful career in data privacy makes him an immediate asset to our ranks. His experience working in cybersecurity across government and private practice will further strengthen the services we provide to clients in managing complex cyber- and technology-related matters.”

McAndrew earned a B.A. from The College of New Jersey and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Catholic University Law Review. He began his legal career in Wilmington as a law clerk to Judge Collins J. Seitz Sr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

McAndrew will split his time between the Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, offices.

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