Andrew Todres is an associate in the litigation and enforcement practice group of Ropes & Gray. Based in New York, Andrew represents public and private companies, financial institutions, and other sophisticated clients in complex litigation, including high-stakes contract disputes, business tort claims, securities class actions, deal-related lawsuits, and enforcement matters. Andrew advises clients on all phases of civil litigation, from pre-suit strategy through appeals, and has successfully argued a variety of issues in federal and state courts. Andrew also regularly represents and counsels real estate investors, lenders, and owners in matters arising out of real estate transactions. In addition, he has experience helping clients navigate sensitive government and regulatory investigations.
Andrew maintains an active pro bono practice and has served as pro bono counsel in multiple high-profile cases involving disputed issues of constitutional law.
Prior to joining the firm, Andrew clerked for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Represented real estate lender in lawsuit brought in New York state court by former developers of a luxury condominium project in downtown Manhattan, who alleged that lender improperly acquired developers’ equity interest through a mezzanine foreclosure. Lawsuit was dismissed prior to substantial document discovery, and dismissal was affirmed on appeal. See 87 Mezz Member LLC v. German Am. Capital Corp., 162 A.D.3d 524, 81 N.Y.S.3d 1 (1st Dep’t 2018).
- Represented private investment company in lawsuit brought in New York State court arising out of a transaction relating to Lehman bankruptcy claims. Lawsuit was dismissed prior to substantial document discovery.
- Represented TPG Capital, L.P. in shareholder litigation in federal court arising out of the take-private acquisition of Life Time Fitness, Inc. Claims against TPG were dismissed prior to discovery.
- Defeated motion for a temporary restraining order brought in Delaware Court of Chancery seeking to block client’s purchase of interests in a luxury hotel and villa development project on the French island of Saint Barthelemy. Following sale, obtained stay of lawsuit in favor of an earlier-filed foreign proceeding under Delaware’s McWane doctrine, after briefing and oral argument.
- Representing owners of real estate investment firm in connection with a partnership dispute filed in New York state court related to the LEGOLAND theme park and resort in Goshen, New York. Obtained complete summary judgment victory, resulting in the dismissal of all claims against clients and a declaratory judgment granting a critical counterclaim.
- Represented leading international and domestic medical education institutions in connection with a breach of contract lawsuit filed in New York state court relating to the operation of a transnational medical education program. Core claims in lawsuit were dismissed prior to document discovery, and dismissal was affirmed on appeal. Int'l Pathways Inc. v. Univ. of Queensland, et al., 193 A.D.3d 459, 460, 141 N.Y.S.3d 709 (2021).
- Represented biopharmaceutical company in arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in connection with claims relating to the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information.
- Representing financial services firm in connection with breach of contract action filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, alleging that the firm breached a sale and purchase agreement by intentionally undermining the performance of certain exchange-traded funds (ETFs), thereby reducing the potential performance-based earn out payments under the agreement.
- Representing several private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a variety of matters, including transactional litigation and enforcement actions.
- Representing investment bank in connection with various regulatory and government investigations.
- Representing private equity firm in cross-border litigation concerning a foreign transaction.
- Represented financial institution in landmark, multibillion-dollar civil forfeiture action.
- Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida: Part of appellate litigation team that successfully represented national medical organizations and Florida physicians before the 11th Circuit, sitting en banc, in widely followed First Amendment challenge to Florida law that prevented doctors from speaking freely with patients about gun safety. See 848 F.3d 1293 (11th Cir. 2017).
- Texas v. United States: Part of litigation team involved in defending the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
- Co-author, “NY Ruling Sheds Light on UCC ‘Commercial Reasonableness,’” Law360 (September 7, 2022)
- Co-author, “2nd Circ. Ruling May Cause Int'l Discovery Flurry In NY,” Law360 (October 11, 2019)
- Co-author, “Getting Creative With Approaches To Removal,” Law360 (December 20, 2017)
- Co-Author, “Collateral Consequences of the Decline of Disclosure-Only Settlements,” Insights (July 2016)
- Contributor, Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, Daniel J. Capra, The Sedona Conference, “Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence: Cases and Materials, 2d Ed.” (2015)
- Author, “9(b) or Not 9(b)? That Is the Question: How To Plead Negligent Misrepresentation in the Post-Twombly Era,” 82 Fordham L. Rev. 1447 (2013)
- JD, magna cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2014; Order of the Coif; articles & notes editor, Fordham Law Review, associate editor, Fordham Moot Court
- BA (History, Political Science), magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
Admissions / Qualifications
- New York, 2015
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2015
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2015
- The Best Lawyers in America – Ones to Watch (2021-2023)