Andrew C. Bernasconi

Counsel

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law, 2002, J.D., cum laude; Received the Laura Turley Prize for the Outstanding Publication in the American University, Associate Managing Editor for the American University Law Review for the 2001-2002 academic year and junior staff member for 2000-2001; Law Review in recognition of his Comment, "Beyond Fingerprinting: Indicting DNA Threatens Criminal Defendants' Constitutional and Statutory Rights," 50 Am. U. L Rev. 979 (2001)
  • Dartmouth College, 1997, B.A., Government

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

Andrew joined Reed Smith in 2002 and is a member of the firm's Global Regulatory Enforcement Group.  Andrew’s practice consists of complex fraud, competition, and commercial litigation matters.

First, Andrew's practice includes extensive experience representing pharmaceutical companies, health care institutions, and government contractors that have been sued under the civil False Claims Act by the United States and by qui tam relators.  His practice includes experience with all facets of the False Claims Act, from counseling clients on ways to avoid and mitigate False Claims Act liability, internal investigations concerning claims of fraud, responses to government investigations, negotiations with counsel for the government and private relators, and substantial motions practice through the final judgment of litigated cases.  By integrating his False Claims Act experience with knowledge of the government contract and health care industries, Andrew has successfully represented many clients accused of False Claims violations.

Second, Andrew is a member of Reed Smith’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation group, and frequently represents clients in antitrust and competition matters.  He represents clients in investigations by the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission, state Attorneys General, and in private antitrust litigation.  He also counsels clients on antitrust issues involving subject matters ranging from collusion and monopolization, mergers and acquisitions, and product distribution. 

Finally, Andrew has experience in representing and counseling clients in a wide variety of legal issues and matters, including complex commercial litigation, financial services litigation, class action defense, and intellectual property matters.

Employment History

  • 2002 - Reed Smith
  • 2001 - Reed Smith, Summer Associate
  • 2000 - Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, Economic Crimes Division, Law Clerk
  • Massachusetts Legislature
    Served as a Legislative Aide for a state representative, focusing on issues such as energy regulation and public employment retirement benefits
    Became a Research Assistant for the House Committee on Public Safety, providing legislative analysis in a wide variety of topic areas