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Andrey Spektor is a former federal prosecutor and seasoned trial and appellate lawyer.  His practice focuses on representing companies, boards of directors, and individuals in white-collar criminal actions, government investigations, complex civil litigation, and appeals.  Andrey is particularly familiar with the healthcare, financial services, energy, and technology industries, and has had significant experience in investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), cryptocurrency, and financial crimes. 

As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for nearly 7 years, Andrey conducted 9 jury trials, proving allegations of bribery, tax fraud, wire fraud, making false statements, and racketeering.  Andrey also argued 15 appeals before the Second Circuit, some of which involved important issues of first impression, and has successfully briefed many others.  He led dozens of grand jury proceedings and transnational investigations, including into companies and individuals suspected of committing securities and investment fraud, bank fraud, cybercrimes, export control law breaches, kickbacks, accounting fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and heath care fraud.  Andrey also has experience with the False Claims Act and investigations related to qui tam and whistleblower complaints.

In his FCPA matters, which have spanned the globe from South America to Europe, Andrey, a native Russian speaker, worked on multi-million-dollar corporate resolutions, including with one of the world’s largest energy trading firms.  Andrey also co-led groundbreaking cryptocurrency cases, obtaining the first ever judicial opinion in a federal criminal case that cryptocurrencies could be regulated by securities law.  He has deep knowledge of professional ethics, attorney-client privilege, and the criminal and civil liability of professionals, having handled prosecutions and jury trials of white-collar professionals.  In these and other investigations, Andrey collaborated with the SEC, the New York Grievance Committee, the IRS, the State Department, the Commerce Department, local district attorney offices, and various Justice Department components, including the Fraud Section, the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and the Consumer Protection Branch.

Andrey’s cases have been featured in major news publications and media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, CNN, and NBC News.  For his investigations and trials as a federal prosecutor, Andrey was recognized with two “Federal Prosecutor of the Year” awards and two “True American Hero” awards.  Andrey has also been praised by federal judges, with one remarking that Andrey’s work is “spectacular,” standing out even among the most “highly capable” lawyers.   

Andrey has published widely on topics such as class action certifications, constitutional law, and legal writing.  Andrey’s scholarship has been cited in three U.S. Court of Appeals opinions as one of the authorities on issue preservation and class actions; his other publications have been cited by law professors around the country.      

In addition to his service as a federal prosecutor, Andrey clerked for two federal judges, worked in a non-profit organization specializing in federal class actions, and was a commerical litigation associate at another major international law firm in New York City, where he was selected to brief unsettled legal issues before trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Federal Prosecutor of the Year” awards (twice)
    • Federal Drug Agents Foundation’s “True American Hero” awards (twice)
    • Federal Drug Agents Foundation’s “True American Hero” awards (twice)
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Publications

  • “The Death Knell of Issue Certification and Why That Matters After Walmart v. Dukes,” 26 St. Thomas L. rev. 165, 172 (2014).
  • “Ferretts and Truffles and Hounds, Oh My. Getting Beyond Waiver,” 18 Green Bag 2d 77 (2014) (Co-authored with Michael Zuckerman)
  • “Legal Writing as Good Writing: Tips from the Trenches,” 14 J. App. Prac. & Proc. 303 (2013) (co-authored with Michael Zuckerman)
  • “A Primer on Preserving Objections and Arguments for Appeal in Federal Court,” N.Y.L.J. (2012) (co-authored with Gregory Silbert)
  • “Judicial recusal and Expanding Notions of Due Process,” 13 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 977 (2011) (co-authored with Michael Zuckerman)

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer, Legal Writing, Northwestern School of Law, 2021.