DLA Piper announced today that Edward J. McAndrew has joined the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology practice as a partner based in Wilmington and Washington, DC.
McAndrew is a counselor and trial lawyer who focuses his practice on cybersecurity matters, helping clients manage cyber risk, comply with legal requirements and industry standards, prepare for and respond to cyber incidents, and handle related investigations and litigation. Substantive areas of his practice include computer and financial fraud, digital privacy, intellectual property protection, social media, online speech, cyber-based national security issues and governmental demands for data.
"As we continue to strengthen and expand our core privacy-related practice offerings, Ed's broad understanding of the complex cybersecurity concerns that clients face will offer invaluable experience that further strengthens our highly rated cybersecurity practice," said Ann Ford, co-chair of DLA Piper's US IPT practice. "His experience, both in private practice and in his prior roles at the Department of Justice, has given him a unique and valuable perspective on responding to cyberattacks, conducting digital investigations and proving criminal and civil cases in courtrooms."
"Ed has led hundreds of cybersecurity investigations for the federal government and private clients, and has developed a stellar reputation among his peers. His addition will strengthen our IPT capabilities in Wilmington and across the country," said Stuart Brown, managing partner of the firm's Wilmington office. "We are pleased to welcome him to the firm."
McAndrew joins DLA Piper from Ballard Spahr LLP, where he served as co-chair of the firm's Privacy and Data Security group and leader of its national Cyber Incident Response Team. He previously served for nearly a decade as a federal cybercrime prosecutor and National Security Cyber Specialist at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and in the US Attorney's Offices for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Delaware. He received his J.D. from Catholic University and his B.A. from The College of New Jersey.