Andrew Lelling is a former United States Attorney and senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official with deep experience in white collar and international enforcement matters. He defends companies and individuals in complex government investigations, leads internal investigations, and advises on compliance with federal, state, and international laws. He has successfully tried dozens of cases in federal and state courts.
Before joining Jones Day in 2021, Andy was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, capping a 20-year career with the DOJ. During that time, Andy handled numerous complex enforcement matters both as a line prosecutor and senior DOJ official, including corporate fraud prosecutions, parallel investigations with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, civil and criminal health care enforcement, and international money laundering. Widely known for leading "Operation Varsity Blues," the nationwide investigation of corruption in college admissions, he also led major initiatives targeting COVID business relief fraud, anti-kickback claims against pharma companies under the False Claims Act (FCA), and bank fraud during the financial crisis of 2007-2009.
In several areas, Andy has crafted federal enforcement policy on a national level, including cybercrime, as chair of the Attorney General's Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and economic espionage by foreign governments, as an architect of the DOJ's China Initiative. In the early 2000s, Andy led the investigation of the 2000 presidential election in Florida and negotiated human rights issues with the Chinese government. He teaches securities regulation and trial practice at Boston-area law schools.
JONES DAY TALKS®: The eBay Cyberstalking Case: Mitigating the Compliance Risks of Employee Misconduct
- April 28, 2021
Health Care Enforcement Trends and Insights — 2021 Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress
- April 21, 2021
Political Polarization and Prosecutorial Discretion — Donahue Lecture Series, Suffolk University Law School
Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day
March 24, 2021
Webinar: Investigating and Developing False Claims Act Cases in the Context of the CARES Act
- University of Pennsylvania (J.D. cum laude 1994; Articles Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review); Binghamton University (B.A. magna cum laude 1991; Phi Beta Kappa)
- Massachusetts; U.S. District Courts for the District of Massachusetts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and Eastern District of Virginia; and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, and Fourth Circuits
- Served in the following positions with the U.S. Department of Justice: U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts (2017-2021); Assistant U.S. Attorney, Boston (2005-2017) and Virginia (2003-2005); and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division (2001-2003); Special Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (1999-2000)
- Law Clerk to Chief Judge B. Avant Edenfield, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia (1994-1995)