Andrew Ramstad - Romano Law

Andrew Ramstad

Associate Attorney

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Admitted

New York

Law School

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., magna cum laude

University

University of Washington, Seattle, B.A. (Political Science, Law, Societies and Justice)

Andrew Ramstad is a graduate, magna cum laude, of Brooklyn Law School, where he was a national team competitor and executive board member of the Moot Court Honor Society Trial Division, a Note Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and a teaching assistant in Criminal Law.

Prior to law school, Andrew completed a B.A. in political science at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He then worked in politics as a Director of Field Operations and Session Aide for a State Senator in the Washington State Senate, and later managed a Ben and Jerry’s scoop shop.

During law school, Andrew was both an intern and a law clerk for Romano Law.  Andrew also completed an internship at the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.  He excelled in coursework on complex commercial litigation, first amendment law and internet law.

In his free time, Andrew is a die-hard Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies fan, a trumpet player, and an avid runner and hiker.

Blog Entries

  • Could Your Website Be Liable for Online Defamation?

    In recent years, there has been a flood of criticism directed at websites that publish objectionable content from third parties. Examples include social media sites that allow “fake news” and false political ads and websites that host proponents of mass shootings and white supremacy. But there are everyday examples of the damage done by people

  • How are Transgender Rights Protected in Employment?

    Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and transgender status is prohibited by both New York City and New York State statutory law. However, under federal law, the protection of transgender rights is more complicated. Some federal appellate courts have held that transgender discrimination falls under the umbrella of “sex discrimination,” which federal law prohibits.

  • Finding Safe Harbor; Navigating a DMCA Takedown Notice

    Updated: June 30, 2020 If you run a website that hosts user-generated content, or are yourself a user of social media or a cloud-based storage service, you have likely heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, codified as 17 U.S.C. §512.  The DMCA is the federal law that expanded the ability to enforce copyright to

  • Gay and Transgender Rights Protected from Employment Discrimination

    In New York City, New York State and 21 other states, an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity is protected from employment discrimination based on state and local law.  Under federal law, however, LGBTQ individuals’ protection from employment discrimination depended on what federal circuit they lived in. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced in a 6-3

  • Mixer’s Shuttering and Lessons for the Future of Streaming

    At the end of June, Microsoft announced the closure of its esports streaming service, Mixer.  Since Microsoft’s acquisition and rebranding of Beam in 2016, Mixer had a polarizing and brief existence.  Despite a technologically impressive service and a community of dedicated streamers and viewers, Mixer’s viewership numbers never put more than a modest dent in

  • How do the COVID-19 New York Executive Orders Impact Civil Statutes of Limitations?

    Updated: 2021 April 26 In New York, as in most states, a lawsuit must be filed within a specific time frame.  The laws that govern those time frames are statutes of limitation. For example, in New York, a defamation claim must be filed within one year of the publication or communication of the defamatory statement.  The COVID-19

  • Special Delivery – New York’s New Protections for Food Delivery Workers

    Delivery drivers and bikers have been a modern fixture of New York for at least the last several years.  Particularly after demand for food delivery spiked during the COVID-19 lockdown and has remained high, food delivery workers are an ever-present institution of the city, zipping around the streets on electric bikes with insulated bags, frequently

  • Planning for and Navigating a Business Divorce as a Start-Up

    Business divorce — the departure of a business partner on either amicable or not-so-amicable terms.   Business splits can be particularly harmful in the case of a start-up; after all, the worst time for a business to undergo a split is when it’s trying to find its feet, and the departure of a partner can create

  • Can You Trademark a Domain Name?

    Updated: October 28, 2021 Your domain name may be an essential part of your brand.  Among the millions of domain names out there, it can be difficult to establish your web address as part of your business identity.  In simplest terms, a domain name is your website name and the unique address where Internet users

  • The Private-Sector Primacy of US Data Privacy

    At the end of October, Google announced a change to its privacy and data policies permitting minors to have more control over their online images.  This update follows a concerted policy shift Google began in August to protect minors online and supplements Google’s pre-existing content removal policies. In recent years, data privacy laws have been

  • How The Parodist “Stole” The Grinch: Fair Use Ruling Upheld

    Updated: December 21, 2021 In 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City affirmed a ruling of the Southern District of New York which held that Who’s Holiday—a modern play in which the main character, Cindy-Lou Who from Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, is now an adult, humorously engaging in adult behavior—is a

  • ‘Get Back’ – Broadening New York’s Retaliation Law

    How does New York State Define Retaliation in the Workplace? Workplace retaliation generally occurs when an employer punishes their employee for reporting a violation of labor law or other unsafe conduct, either to a supervisor or to a relevant government agency.  As the New York State Department of Labor describes on its website, retaliation can

  • Follow the Money: New York City’s Wage Transparency Law

    New York City’s Wage Transparency Law goes into effect on November 1, 2022, making it mandatory for employers to share the salary or hourly wage in job postings.  Specifically, the law provides that when employers with four or more employees post an advertisement for a job position or promotion, the employer must also list the

  • Employee Protections in Florida: Whistleblowers and Retaliation

    Florida, like many states, expressly protects employees from retaliation for reporting unlawful conduct by their employer.  The purpose of such laws is to encourage workers to disclose illegal activities they discover in the course of their employment.  In some cases, workers can also sue their employer and obtain damages as whistleblowers.  Florida whistleblower law may

  • When Can You Legally Record a Conversation in California?

    Sometimes when parties have a dispute, one of them may seek to record the other person to obtain evidence relevant to the disagreement.  However, federal and state laws vary as to the legality of recording a person without their consent.  For instance, states like Florida are much more restrictive than New York and New Jersey.

  • Employee Protections in California: Whistleblowers and Retaliation

    Many states protect “whistleblowers” who report illegal conduct by employers, in an effort to encourage employees to speak up.  California, like New York and Florida, shields whistleblowers from retaliation under several state laws.  These statutes also allow employees to sue an employer and recover significant damages as a reward for providing information on unlawful activities.  Employers

  • Enforceability of Wrap Agreements

    Consumers have agreed to electronic contracts, known as wrap agreements, for decades.  These are agreements presented to consumers before they access services or buy products online.  Consumers don’t sign a paper contract with an ink signature; instead, they click on a button to accept the agreement or continue with the purchase.  Wrap agreements are often

  • Can I Sue for Defamation?

    Defamation claims are based on the facts and circumstances surrounding a published false statement of fact.  If there is a true case of defamation, and you or your business were damaged as a result, then those damages can be compensable through a successful civil lawsuit.  However, not all disparaging statements result in liability, and claims