Andrew B. Weissman

Retired Partner

Weissman, Andrew B.

Andrew B. Weissman was a partner in the firm's Securities and Litigation/Controversy Departments, and a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group and the Business Trial Group. He joined the firm in 1976 and retired from active practice in 2014. Mr. Weissman's practice focused on securities and RICO litigation, with particular experience in class and derivative actions, and SEC enforcement matters.

Mr. Weissman worked as a consultant in the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection from 1974 to 1975, then served as counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1975 to 1976. He joined the firm in 1976, then took a two-year leave to serve as Executive Assistant to the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Patricia Roberts Harris from 1977 to 1979. In 1982, he served as counsel to the Patricia Roberts Harris mayoral campaign in the District of Columbia.


Mr. Weissman represented clients in administrative, district court and appellate litigation, involving primarily securities law, RICO and administrative law issues. He was also involved in numerous SEC formal and informal investigations, in litigation with the SEC both in US District Court and in SEC administrative proceedings, and in internal investigations, often related to ongoing litigation or governmental inquiries.

In private litigation, he had substantial experience in complex securities litigation, securities and consumer class actions, derivative actions, commercial contract disputes, tender offer litigation and civil RICO litigation. In government litigation, Mr. Weissman had substantial experience in SEC investigations and enforcement proceedings involving disclosure issues, accounting practices, adequacy of books and records and management abuses, as well as high-profile insider trading cases. He also participated in several internal corporate investigations.

Publications & News


December 4, 2013

WilmerHale, Dentons Secure Complete 12-Count Victory in Securities Case

WilmerHale and Dentons US LLP are pleased to announce that they received a total defense verdict in favor of their client Stephen M. Kovzan, the Chief Financial Officer of NIC Inc., from a jury sitting in the US District Court for the District of Kansas.

January 8, 2013

Lawyers Share Perspectives on Recent Court Opinions, Anti-Corruption Developments

In the January 2013 edition of the Financial Fraud Law Report, Partners Andrew Weissman and Douglas Davison and Counsel Benjamin Brown published an article entitled “String of Recent Circuit Court Opinions Impact SEC Enforcement Program.”

January 3, 2013

String of Recent Circuit Court Opinions Impact SEC

An article by Andrew B. Weissman, Douglas J. Davison and Benjamin C. Brown, published in the January 2013 edition of Financial Fraud Law Report.

September 13, 2012

String of Recent Circuit Court Opinions Impact SEC Enforcement Program

May 4, 2010

What Does Merck & Co. v. Reynolds Mean for the Future of the Statute of Limitations Defense in Securities Fraud Litigation?

January 12, 2009

WilmerHale Team Assists in Successful Effort To Persuade Federal Prosecutors To Drop Charges Against David Stockman

December 22, 2008

Siemens Agrees to Record-Setting $800 Million in FCPA Penalties

April 1, 2007

Supreme Court Review Granted Following Recent Appellate Court Differences Over the Scope of Primary "Scheme" Liability Under Section 10(b)

An article by Andrew B. Weissman and Jesse T. Travis reprinted from the Wall Street Lawyer (Vol. 11 No. 5) with the permission of Thomson/West.

A Death Knell for 'Bare Allegations, One-Sided Affidavits, and Unexplained Internet Printouts'– The Fifth Circuit Rules that Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 Requires Proof on Class Certification Justifying Fraud on the Market Presumptions

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Developing Pleading Standards for Loss Causation Following the Supreme Court's Decision in Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Broudo

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Speaking Engagements

Recent Highlights

Mr. Weissman's experience included representation in the following cases:

In re PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. Shareholders Lit. (Cal. Sup. Ct.); In re PETCO Corp. Sec. Lit. (S.D. Cal.); SEC v. Collins & Aikman Corp. et al. (S.D.N.Y.); TCS Capital Management, LLC v. Apax Partners, LP et al. (S.D.N.Y.); MacKay Shields v. Heartland Industrial Partners, LP (E.D. Mich.); In re Adelphia Communications Corp. Sec. Lit. (S.D.N.Y.); Tow v. Credit Suisse Sec.(USA) LLC (S.D.N.Y.); Carlson v. Xerox Corp. (D. Conn.); In re Global Crossing Sec. and ERISA Lit. (S.D.N.Y.); In re ConAgra Foods, Inc. Sec. Lit. (D. Neb.); In re ConAgra Foods, Inc. ERISA Lig. (D. Neb.); In re Pinnacle Holdings Corp. Sec. Lit. (M.D. Fla.); In re IPO Allocation Sec. Lit. (S.D.N.Y.); In re Rite Aid Corp. Sec. Lit. (E.D. Pa.); In re America West Airlines Sec. Lit. (D. Ariz.); Keever v. HCB Bancshares (E.D. Tex.); Rasner v. Vari-L Corp. (D. Colo.); In re Paracelsus Healthcare Sec. Lit. (S.D. Tex.); In re Glenayre Technologies Sec. Lit. (S.D.N.Y.); In re Novacare Sec. Lit. (E.D. Pa.); In re Scimed Life Sciences Securities Litigation (D. Minn.); In re Comptronix Securities Litigation (N.D. Ala.); In re AMRE Sec. Lit. (N.D. Tex.); In re Oak Industries Sec. Lit. (S.D. Cal.); In re Citisource Sec. Lit. (S.D.N.Y.); In re Conner Bond Lit. (E.D.N.C.); SEC v. IBF Collaterized Finance Corp. (S.D.N.Y.); SEC v. Shared Medical Systems Corp. (E.D. Pa.); Rosenstein v. CPC International, Inc. (E.D. Pa.); SEC v. Hoover (S.D. Tex.); State of New York v. OHara (W.D.N.Y.); Steiner v. Figgie International (S.D. Ohio); SEC v. Blinder, Robinson & Co. (D.C. Cir.); and United States v. CBS (S.D.N.Y.).

Professional Activities

Mr. Weissman is the co-author of the three-volume treatise Civil RICO Litigation. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the Securities Litigation Report, served as Co-Editor of the RICO Law Reporter since 1984, and was Co-Editor of the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter from 1995 to 1996. He is on the Board of Editors and Advisors of the Securities and Class Action Litigation Report. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the BNA Civil RICO Report since 1985 and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Discovery News from 1995 to 2001. He was Executive Director of the Ad Hoc Civil RICO Task Force of the Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law of the American Bar Association from 1984 to 1985.

Mr. Weissman has been a panel member for numerous panels addressing civil RICO and securities litigation issues.

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MPP, with honors, Harvard University, 1974

JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1974

BS, University of Rochester, 1970, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

New York

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