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"Widely considered to be one of the leading stars of the financial services regulatory firmament... an industry leader."

Chambers USA

Andrew L. Sandler

Chairman & Executive Partner

  • p. 202.349.8001
  • f. 202.349.8080
  • asandler@buckleysandler.com

Biography

Andrew L. Sandler, Chairman and Executive Partner of BuckleySandler LLP and Chief Executive Officer of Treliant Risk Advisors LLP, is widely recognized as a trusted strategic legal advisor to the financial services industry.

Drawing on his deep experience and expertise in representing many of the nation’s leading banks and financial services companies for over two decades, Mr. Sandler provides strategic advice to boards, C-Suite executives, and in-house legal and compliance professionals as they seek effective holistic business solutions to the regulatory and enforcement challenges of today’s complex and often difficult regulatory environment.  His current practice focuses on representing clients in regulatory examinations and enforcement actions by federal and state banking and enforcement agencies, including all federal banking agencies, the DOJ, and the CFPB in matters involving consumer protection, fair lending, FIRREA, the False Claims Act, and AML/BSA.  He represents officers and directors with respect to regulatory proceedings and litigation involving failed financial institutions.  He has served as lead defense counsel in nearly 100 class action lawsuits and has represented financial institutions and other entities and persons in a broad array of complex litigation matters for more than 20 years. 

As Chief Executive Officer of Treliant Risk Advisors, Mr. Sandler leads a multi-disciplinary firm that provides consulting, compliance, and transaction advisory assistance to the financial services industry.  

Chambers USA has consistently recognized Mr. Sandler as one of America’s leading lawyers in the financial services industry, saying "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). He currently holds Chambers USA’s top rating in the areas of Financial Services Regulation: Banking Enforcement & Investigations and Compliance, as well as in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance Compliance and is recognized as a “Star Individual” in Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance Litigation. Mr. Sandler has been named to BTI's Client Service All Stars list. He is consistently recognized in Best Lawyers, including recognition as "Lawyer of the Year" in the field of Litigation - Banking and Finance (Washington, D.C.). He has been named one of 30 D.C. "Superstar" lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine and a "Star of the Bar" in Banking and Financial Services. Legal Times named him a “Legal Visionary” for his role in founding BuckleySandler and, more recently, a “Deal Maker of the Year” for his work in navigating complex transactions through the regulatory process. Mr. Sandler is also a Fellow in the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers (ACCFSL).

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. He serves on the National Board of Directors of the Cancer Support Community, University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society Board of Managers, the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance Advisory Board, and the Board of the Kolar Charitable Foundation of BuckleySandler LLP. 

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 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)
  • 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