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Andrew Schilling heads the firm’s New York office and is a leader of the firm’s False Claims Act & FIRREA practice. He represents companies and individuals facing government investigations, government enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation. He regularly represents clients in responding to civil fraud investigations and other investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), United States Attorney’s Offices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state attorneys general, and federal agency inspectors general.

Mr. Schilling is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and Chief of the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). As Civil Chief at the SDNY, he established and led that office’s Civil Frauds Unit, which investigates and prosecutes complex financial fraud cases, including health care fraud and mortgage fraud cases, and supervised several nationally significant financial fraud lawsuits against major financial institutions. As Civil Chief, he also supervised an office of approximately 125 employees, including 57 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Mr. Schilling also served as Chief of the Civil Rights Unit of the SDNY, supervising and handling both civil enforcement actions and criminal civil rights prosecutions.

Mr. Schilling is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. As an AUSA, he handled jury trials and bench trials in bankruptcy, civil rights, employment, and law enforcement misconduct cases. He has also argued more than a dozen federal and state appeals.

Noteworthy matters include the representation of:

  • Multiple top banks in False Claims Act (FCA) and Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) investigations by the United States Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Offices into mortgage lending and servicing practices
     
  • Multiple indirect auto finance companies in federal and state investigations into subprime auto loan origination and securitization practices
     
  • A bank in successive DOJ and CFPB investigations into payment processing practices, resulting in declinations by both agencies
     
  • A mortgage lender in a Fair Housing Act (FHA) lawsuit in the United States District Court for the SDNY, resulting in an early, pre-discovery settlement
     
  • A national financial services firm in a FCA qui tam investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the SDNY, resulting in a declination by the government and voluntary dismissal by the relator
     
  • A committee of the board of directors of a top regional bank in an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations
     
  • A mortgage lender in a FIRREA lawsuit brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, resulting in a favorable pre-suit settlement
     
  • Multiple banks in connection with DOJ’s “Operation Choke Point” FIRREA investigation into payment processing
     
  • An individual and trust in SEC enforcement litigation in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey alleging insider trading and reporting violations

Mr. Schilling has served as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School and at New York University School of Law. He has also served as a court-appointed mediator for the United States District Court for the SDNY, as a member of the Second Circuit Pro Bono Panel, and as a member of the Local Rules Committee of the SDNY.

Mr. Schilling received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. After law school, Mr. Schilling clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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Awards & Recognitions

  • Legal 500 2016: Recognized in the Litigation - White-Collar Criminal Defense practice area
  • Legal 500 2015: Recognized in the Litigation - White-Collar Criminal Defense practice area
  • Legal 500 2014: Recognized in the Litigation - White-Collar Criminal Defense practice area
  • Super Lawyers 2013-2016, New York Metro: General Litigation

Education

  • J.D., Fordham University, 1992
  • B.A., College of Holy Cross, 1988

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Government Service

  • Chief of the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York 

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