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"He knows the industry inside and out. He knows everything going on in the financial services sector."

Chambers USA

Andrew L. Sandler

Chairman & Executive Partner

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Biography

Andrew L. Sandler, Chairman and Executive Partner of BuckleySandler LLP, is widely recognized as “one of the leading stars” in the financial services regulatory and litigation fields.   

Drawing on his more than 25 years of experience as a strategic legal advisor to the banking and financial services sectors, Mr. Sandler navigates complex legal challenges to help clients — including boards, C-Suite executives, and in-house legal and compliance professionals — achieve their business goals.

 

Practice Focus

Mr. Sandler represents the nation’s leading banks, the mortgage industry, auto lenders, and consumer finance companies in regulatory examinations and enforcement actions brought by federal and state banking and enforcement agencies, including all federal banking agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Securities Exchange Commission.   He regularly represents clients in enforcement actions by state attorneys general.  He provides counsel on matters involving consumer protection, fair lending, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, the False Claims Act, and anti-money laundering law/the Bank Secrecy Act. He also advises clients on regulatory issues related to bank mergers and acquisitions.

 

Mr. Sandler represents financial institutions and other entities and individuals in a broad array of complex litigation, including matters involving fair lending and consumer protection, mortgage lending, and commercial disputes.  He often is called upon to represent clients with claims against federal government agencies and has served as lead defense counsel in nearly 100 class action lawsuits.

 

In addition to his role as a founding partner of BuckleySandler LLP, Mr. Sandler has served as Chief Executive Officer of Treliant Risk Advisors since 2009. The multi-disciplinary firm provides consulting, compliance, and transaction advisory assistance to the financial services industry.  

 

Awards and Recognitions
Chambers USA has consistently recognized Mr. Sandler, saying he "is widely considered to be one of the leading stars of the financial services regulatory firmament, routinely providing regulatory advice pertaining to compliance and enforcement matters and displaying ongoing excellence in consumer finance litigation. Sources describe Sandler as 'preeminent' and 'an industry leader.'" (Chambers USA 2014). In 2015, he was recognized as a “Star Individual” in the Consumer Finance Litigation and Compliance areas of law and also received Chambers USA’s top rating in the areas of Banking Enforcement & Investigations and Compliance.

 

Mr. Sandler has been consistently recognized in Best Lawyers and has received their "Lawyer of the Year" distinction. Washingtonian magazine named him one of 30 Washington, D.C. "Superstar" lawyers and a banking and financial services "Star of the Bar."

 

Mr. Sandler also has been recognized for his focus on client service, being named to BTI's Client Service All Stars list. Legal Times singled him out as a “Legal Visionary” for his role in founding BuckleySandler and, more recently, a “Deal Maker of the Year” for his regulatory work in navigating complex transactions. In 2014, The Washington Business Journal awarded Mr. Sandler the Greater Washington Legal Champions - Firm Leader Award. He was a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist for his representation of the Navajo Nation in its breach of trust litigation with the United States government which resulted in a historic settlement of $554 million for the Nation in 2014.   

 

Industry Leadership
Mr. Sandler is an active participant in community and professional organizations. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the American Association of Bank Directors and has had many leadership roles in the Litigation and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association, including Chair of the Consumer and Civil Rights Committee and Vice Chair of the Banking Law Committee.

 

Mr. Sandler serves on the National Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community, University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society Board of Managers, and the Board of the Kolar Charitable Foundation of BuckleySandler LLP. He is a Fellow in the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (ACCFSL).

 

Credentials
Mr. Sandler received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, his M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, his M.A. from the University of Warwick (U.K.) (Rotary Foundation Fellow), and his B.A. from Union College.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Chambers USA 2015: Star Individual, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance); Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement and Investigations); Star Individual, Financial Services Regulations: Consumer Finance (Litigation); Band 3, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • Legal 500 2015: Recognized in the Finance - Financial Services: Litigation and Finance - Financial Services: Regulatory practice areas
  • Super Lawyers 2015: Banking, Consumer Law, Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Washington Business Journal: 2014 Greater Washington Legal Champions - Firm Leader Award
  • Best Lawyers 2015: Lawyer of the Year (DC Litigation - Banking and Finance), Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Securities
  • Chambers USA 2014: Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance); Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement and Investigations); Star Individual, Financial Services Regulations: Consumer Finance (Litigation); Band 3, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • Super Lawyers 2014: Banking, Consumer Law, Class Actions/Mass Torts
  • Best Lawyers 2014: Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Securities
  • Chambers USA 2013, Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance); Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement and Investigations); Star Individual, Financial Services Regulations: Consumer Finance (Litigation); Band 4, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance)
  • Super Lawyers 2013, Banking, Consumer Law, Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Named to 2013 BTI Client Service All-Stars list
  • Chambers USA 2012, Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance); Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement and Investigations); Star Individual, Financial Services Regulations: Consumer Finance (Litigation)
  • Mortgage Compliance Magazine, 2014 Top Compliance Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers 2013, Banking and Finance Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Super Lawyers 2012: Business Litigation, Banking, Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Washingtonian Magazine, DC "Superstar" Lawyer (top 30), "Star of the Bar" in Banking and Financial Services
  • Best Lawyers 2012, Lawyer of the Year (Washington DC Litigation - Banking and Finance)
  • Super Lawyers 2011, Business Litigation Attorney and Washington, DC Top 100
  • Best Lawyers 2011, Banking Law
  • Chambers USA 2010-2011, Band 1, Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance); Band 2, Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement and Investigations)
  • National Law Journal, Legal Visionary