Andrew E.Lelling


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Andrew Lelling is a former United States Attorney and senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official with deep experience in white collar, securities, and international enforcement matters. He defends companies and individuals in complex litigation and government investigations. He also 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 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), trade secret theft, 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 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 initiatives targeting foreign economic espionage, trade secret theft, and cybercrime, as chair of the Attorney General's Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Subcommittee. 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.


  • Investment fund successfully resolves investigation by securities regulatorJones Day successfully defended a real estate-focused crowdfunding investment platform in an investigation by a state-level securities regulator concerning our client's disclosures to potential investors in marketing and deal materials.
  • Financial services company responds to DOJ investigation into its Paycheck Protection Program loan practicesJones Day is representing a financial services company in DOJ investigations related to its administration of Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") loans.
    • 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