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Andres helps businesses navigate complex business disputes, especially those involving infringement and enforcement of company brands.  He advises, litigates, and arbitrates primarily for media, blockchain, and financial services clients.

Andres is Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and practices in federal and state courts in New York and Florida.  He has a long track record of successful results for clients in the areas of trademark infringement, contract disputes, fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, financial fraud, trade secrets and non-competition agreements, defamation, and other business disputes.  He has also represented corporate directors and officers facing government and internal investigations.

Andres has significant trial and courtroom experience, having previously worked as a litigator at two nationwide law firms and as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York City.  As a prosecutor, Andres investigated and prosecuted hundreds of felony cases, taking many of them to trial.

With the sharp rise of blockchain projects and businesses, Andres has expanded his practice to include advising and navigating disputes concerning blockchain-related matters, including cryptocurrency, DeFi, and NFT projects.

Andres approaches business disputes from a practical perspective.  This mindset was underscored after Andres left big law to start a coffee roasting company, which provided the opportunity to advise clients with the business owner’s perspective in mind.

In 2021, Andres, a native New Yorker, decided to trade the hectic big city vibes for the eternal sunshine in vibrant South Florida. He now practices in both New York and Florida.  Outside of the law, he enjoys spending time with his family and channeling his inner handyman while working through amateur home repairs.  He also appreciates spending time on the water and the art of storytelling.

Representative Matters:

  • Successfully asserted and enforced trademark on behalf of large cryptocurrency exchange company against a third-party that was using confusingly similar mark in its advertising and domain name, resulting in agreement to cease using the infringing mark.
  • Successfully defended and obtained favorable settlement for media client in an action involving trademark infringement and false designation of origin claims, thereby allowing client to continue operations.
  • Won dismissal of trade secret and breach of confidentiality agreement claims against pharmaceutical company on a motion to dismiss in state court without any discovery being conducted.
  • Obtained settlement for full value of claims on behalf of limited liability company member in an action for breach of purchase agreement against other company member after favorable information came to light during discovery.
  • Secured dismissal of breach of contract action after establishing that the contract and personal guaranty at issue were both forged by a third-party.
  • Successfully defended CEO of media company in arbitration involving claims brought by former business partner for breach of operating agreement and fiduciary duties.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of startup tech company facing state securities and common law fraud claims asserted by investors after company raised millions of dollars in capital from investors.
  • Prosecuted and favorably resolved breach of employment agreement action on behalf of medical professional against employer in and action involving allegations concerning failure to pay bonus and wages.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida (2021)
  • New York (2006)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2021)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2007)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2007)

Education

  • New York Law School, J.D. (2005)
  • New York Law School Law Review, Case Comments Editor (2004-2005)
  • Boston University B.S., (2002)
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