Andrew Lelling is a former United States Attorney and senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official with deep experience in white collar and international enforcement matters. He defends companies and individuals in complex government investigations, leads internal investigations, and advises on compliance with federal, state, and international laws. He has successfully tried dozens of cases in federal and state courts.
Before joining Jones Day in 2021, Andy was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, capping a 20-year career with the DOJ. During that time, Andy handled numerous complex enforcement matters both as a line prosecutor and senior DOJ official, including corporate fraud prosecutions, parallel investigations with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters, civil and criminal health care enforcement, and international money laundering. Widely known for leading "Operation Varsity Blues," the nationwide investigation of corruption in college admissions, he also led major initiatives targeting COVID business relief fraud, anti-kickback claims against pharma companies under the False Claims Act (FCA), and bank fraud during the financial crisis of 2007-2009.
In several areas, Andy has crafted federal enforcement policy on a national level, including cybercrime, as chair of the Attorney General's Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and economic espionage by foreign governments, as an architect of the DOJ's China Initiative. In the early 2000s, Andy led the investigation of the 2000 presidential election in Florida and negotiated human rights issues with the Chinese government.