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Andrew J. Morris

Andrew J. Morris

Morvillo LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Andrew J. Morris, a partner in our Washington, D.C. office, has extensive experience in securities litigation, government investigations and enforcement actions, and related complex financial litigation. His practice focuses on securities disputes and other financial reporting matters, professional liability claims including accountant liability, corporate governance disputes, and matters involving the SEC and other financial regulatory agencies. His cases typically involve issues such as fraud, securities statutes, financial reporting, professional standards of care, RICO, FCPA, conspiracy, and other financial statutes such as FIRREA. He litigates business torts and other commercial disputes. Andy has extensively litigated topics including loss causation, materiality, market efficiency, damages, director-and-officer liability, in pari delicto and class certification. He has experience in procedural settings including parallel proceedings, internal investigations, class actions, grand jury investigations, and actions by bankruptcy trustees and litigation trusts, as well as in PCAOB, FINRA, and professional disciplinary matters. He advises clients about issues involving audit committees and special committees.

Andy has tried numerous cases and argued appeals in a variety of federal and state courts, and has tried administrative matters and arbitrations. Andy served as a federal prosecutor and in the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

Andy writes and speaks regularly about topics in enforcement and complex financial litigation; his writing is cited by courts, commentators, and scholars. He taught trial advocacy for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Andy clerked for the Honorable Max Rosenn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Andy holds law degrees from Oxford University and University of Virginia Law School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, all with honors. He is a certified public accountant and an alumnus of Price Waterhouse.

Selected Representations
  • Defend accounting firm against securities class action relating to audit of Chinese company.
  • Defend portfolio manager of a collateralized-debt obligation (CDO) against fraud and other claims brought by institutional investor.
  • Defend former senior bank executive in SEC investigation relating to Swiss banks.
  • Defend national accounting firm in SEC investigation.
  • Defend accounting firms, including overseas member firm of international accounting network, in PCAOB matters.
  • Defend president of investment company in grand jury investigation and related litigation.
  • Defend law firm against RICO and other claims brought by bankruptcy trustee, based on alleged fraudulent sale of securities by the firm’s former client.
  • Defend the former chairman of a public company in a securities class action.
  • Defend a public company, its directors, and its senior officers in a securities class action.
  • Represent professional clients in investigations and litigation relating to mortgage foreclosure practices.
  • Represent national accounting firm audit partner in grand jury investigation.
  • Defend a national accounting firm in matters arising from the failure of its audit client due to involvement in securitization of subprime mortgages. Matters included:
o securities class actions and other securities claims;
o enforcement action by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and
o claims brought by the Federal Deposition Insurance Corporation.
  • Defend a corporation and its officers against minority shareholder challenges to a merger and related transactions.
  • Defend a national brokerage firm against fraud claims in FINRA matter.
  • Represent public company in a dispute involving valuation of pension liability.
Recent Publications
  • A Closer Look At The Securities And Exchange Commission’s Accounting Quality Model, Securities Law360 (Jan. 5, 2014)
  • Common Defense Arguments In PCAOB Actions (co-author), Morvillo LLP (Oct. 28, 2013)
  • Why Continuing Attacks On In Pari Delicto Will Fail, Securities Law360 (Sep. 11, 2013)
  • SEC’s Golden Years Of Accounting-Fraud Cases May Be Over, Securities Law360 (June 6, 2013)
  • SEC Sanctions Against Auditors: Recent Trends and Some Lessons for the Future, Bloomberg/BNA Securities Regulation & Law Report (April 9, 2013)
  • Why The SEC’s Position in Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission Doesn’t Hold Up, Securities Law360 (Dec. 4, 2012) (co-author)
  • New Authority Holds That Accounting-Firm Documents Created For PCAOB InspectionsAre Not Discoverable In Civil Litigation, Securities Law360 (Nov. 2, 2012)
  • The Financial Accounting Standards Board Shelves Controversial Proposal About Litigation Disclosures, Association of Corporate Counsel/Lexology (July 13, 2012)
  • Clarifying The Authority Of Bankruptcy Litigation Trusts: Why Post-Confirmation Trustees Cannot Assert Creditors’ Claims Against Third Parties, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review (2012)
  • Questions That Directors Should Be Ready To Answer, Executive Counsel (August/September 2010)
  • What Financial Institutions Should Know About Internal Investigations, Westlaw Journal Bank and Lender Liability, Volume 16 (2010)
Recent Speaking Engagements
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Initiatives And Accounting Fraud (ALI-CLE, Dec. 11, 2013)
  • Intersection of Regulatory and Civil Proceedings [for accounting matters involving the SEC, DOJ, or PCAOB] (ALI-CLE, September 2013)
  • Maintaining A Robust Compliance Program While Minimizing The Liability Of Compliance Officers (Knowledge Congress, March 4, 2013)
  • Defending Professional Firms Against Claims By Litigation Trusts (ALI-CLE, Sep. 20, 2012)
  • Taking Control Of Complex Corporate Litigation: The First 30 Days (BNA, May 2012)
  • Preparing The Accounting And Auditing Expert Witness (ALI-ABA, September 2011)
  • Opposing Class Certification in Securities Cases (ALI-ABA, July 2010)
Education
  • Oxford University, B.C.L (Master’s Degree) (with honors)
  • University of Virginia School of law, J.D. (Order of the Coif)
  • University of Virginia, B.S. (with honors)
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