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Andrew Rhys Davies


New York

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Andrew Rhys Davies


New York

Andrew assists clients with their U.S. litigation and regulatory challenges, focusing on securities, antitrust, and financial services, and on cross-border matters involving jurisdictional and comity issues. In 2016-2017, Andrew served as Assistant Solicitor General for the State of New York, representing the State and its agencies in appellate litigation.

In public service and in private practice, Andrew has handled dozens of appeals in federal and state courts, involving, among other issues:

  • Novel jurisdictional, extraterritoriality, and international-comity issues, see, e.g., Gucci America, Inc. v. Weixing Li, 768 F.3d 122 (2d Cir. 2014); Matter of Child A., 145 A.D.3d 874 (2d Dep't 2016), lv. denied, 29 N.Y.3d 906 (2017); Tire Eng'g & Distribution L.L.C. v. Bank of China Ltd., 740 F.3d 108 (2d Cir. 2014).
  • Regulatory-enforcement actions, see, e.g., New York State Dep't of Envtl. Conservation v. Segreto, 169 A.D.3d 813 (2d Dep’t 2019); Kernan v. New York State Dep’t of Fin. Servs., 712 Fed. Appx. 61 (2d Cir. 2017); Matter of Donn Gerelli Associates Insurance Agency, Inc. v. Lawsky, 52 N.Y.S.3d 862 (1st Dep’t 2017); SEC v. Goldman Sachs & Co., 790 F. Supp. 2d 147 (S.D.N.Y. 2011).
  • Legal challenges based on constitutional, pre-emption, and statutory arguments, see, e.g., Jacoby & Meyers, LLP v. Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, 852 F.3d 178 (2d Cir. 2017); Figueroa v. Foster, 864 F.3d 222 (2d Cir. 2017); Matter of Melrose Credit Union, 161 A.D.3d 742 (2d Dep’t 2018); Retail Energy Supply Ass'n v. Pub. Serv. Comm'n of State, 152 A.D.3d 1133 (3d Dep’t 2017); State v. Keith F., 149 A.D.3d 671 (1st Dep’t 2017).
  • Tort and other claims brought against global businesses, see, e.g., In re Herald, 730 F.3d 112 (2d Cir. 2013), reh’g denied, 753 F.3d 110 (2d Cir. 2014), cert. denied sub nom. Trezziova v. Kohn, 135 S.Ct. 1701 (2015); Deirmenjian v. Deutsche Bank AG, 548 F. App’x 461 (9th Cir. 2013).

Among his current matters, Andrew is representing a major U.K. public company in litigation under the federal Helms-Burton statute in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Samsung SDI in a long-running antitrust litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Litig., No. 4:07-cv-5944-JST (N.D. Cal.), and Refinitiv in a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court to enjoin termination of a middleware license agreement. Andrew is also heavily engaged in the firm's work to help clients plan for and manage the risks presented by the transition from IBORs to risk-free interest rates.

In addition to his trial and appellate litigation docket, Andrew has represented corporate and individual clients in federal and state regulatory and self-regulatory investigations, including before the Department of Justice, SEC, various state attorneys general, and the CFA Institute.

Andrew is a member of the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel, and maintains an active pro bono practice, focused on civil rights, including LGBTQ+ rights.

Andrew is a member of the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel.

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Admitted as a Solicitor, England & Wales 1999

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York 2002

Admitted: United States District Courts 
Southern District of New York 2002 
Eastern District of New York 2002

Admitted: United States Courts of Appeals, 
Second Circuit 2006 
Ninth Circuit 2007 
Fifth Circuit 2016 
Eleventh Circuit 2020

Admitted: Supreme Court of the United States 2008

Admitted: United States Court of Federal Claims 2011


Cambridge University, Churchill College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Arts (Law), First Class (1995)
Honors: John Hall Prize for Family Law (1995)
David Gottlieb Prize - awarded for best overall performance (1994)
Clive Parry Prize for International Law (1994)
C.J. Hamson Prize for Contract (1994)

College of Law, York, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, High Distinction, 1996

Published work

  • “Commercial Litigation: International Series,” Section of United States (pp. 519-528), Thomson Reuters, Second Edition, September 2015, (Justin L. Ormand, co-author)