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.
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.
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.).
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MPP, Harvard University, 1974with honors
JD, Harvard Law School, 1974magna cum laude
BS, University of Rochester, 1970Phi Beta Kappa
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