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Andrew M. Wright

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Andrew Wright is a partner at the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the public policy and law practice group. He guides clients through congressional oversight and investigations-related matters, executive branch compliance, and government enforcement actions.

Mr. Wright previously served as Associate Counsel to United States President Barack Obama and Assistant Counsel to Vice President Al Gore. In those roles, he represented and advised the White House on a variety of legal matters, with an emphasis on litigation, congressional oversight, investigations, compliance, and national security. In White House Counsel’s Office, he was the primary legal liaison to the departments of Defense, Justice (DOJ), and State; Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and U.S. Agency for International Development on government investigations, congressional oversight, and Freedom of Information Act matters for the Obama Administration.

In Congress, Mr. Wright served as majority staff director of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. There, he led oversight investigations of national security and foreign affairs, designed subcommittee hearings, and managed staff under former committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and subcommittee chairman John Tierney (D-MA).

In addition to his time in public service, Mr. Wright is a trainer for the Carl Levin Center at Wayne State University, educating lawyers, business leaders, legislators, and public servants on oversight. Over the past four years, he has led courses for current House and Senate oversight staff from both political parties.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Wright was a senior fellow at New York University School of Law. He also taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, presidential powers, and federal criminal law at Savannah Law School.

He is  a founding editor of the online national security forum Just Security, featured regularly in leading political and business news outlets, and he has previous private practice experience as a litigator and white collar criminal defense lawyer. Additionally, he has experience working on numerous presidential and congressional election campaigns.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Congressional Oversight Staff Trainer, Levin Center at Wayne Law
  • Senior Fellow & Founding Editor, Just Security

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Russia and the Mueller Report: What You Need to Know,” moderated by CNN’s White House Reporter Maegan Vazquez for New York University Speaker Series, Washington, D.C., 2019
  • Speaker, “Congressional Investigations of the Energy Sector,” 40th Annual Institute, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Washington, D.C., 2019
  • Speaker, “Executive Privilege and Inspectors General,” Faculty Presentation, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., 2019
  • Panelist, “Congress and the Executive Branch,” Symposium on Reclaiming--and Restoring--Constitutional Norms, American Constitution Society and Texas Law Review, Austin, TX, 2019
  • Panelist, “White House-Department of Justice Relations: Executive Control or Independence,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2018
  • Speaker, “Congressional Oversight: Tools and Topics,” Symposium on Congressional Oversight in the 21st Century, Levin Center at Wayne Law and Wayne Law Review, Detroit, MI, 2018
  • Speaker, “Justice Department Independence and White House Control,” Public Lecture, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY, 2018
  • Panelist, “Beyond the Courts: Building a Rule of Law Movement,” Symposium on Courts Under Pressure: Protecting the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump, Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law, New York, NY, 2017
  • Panelist, “Pardon the Disruption: The Reach, Limits, and Effects of Executive Clemency,” United States Senate Briefing, American Constitution Society, Washington, D.C., 2017
  • Speaker, “Legislature, The President, and the Department of Justice,” Supreme Court Review, Seattle University School of Law, Video Transmission from Savannah, GA to Seattle, WA, 2017
  • Speaker, “Justice Department Independence and White House Control: Evaluating the Question in the Era of the Trump Administration,” Constitution Day Address, University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, SD, 2017
  • Speaker, “Justice Department Independence and White House Control,” Dean’s Faculty Development Fund Lecture, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, KY, 2017
  • Panelist, “The Law of National Security and Foreign Affairs in the Trump Administration,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, FL, 2017
  • Panel Discussant, “Early Trends and Prospects for Environmental Protection in the New Administration,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, FL, 2017
  • Panel Discussant, “Presidential Executive Orders,” Annual Meeting, Arkansas State Bar, Hot Springs, AR, 2017
  • Speaker, “Scholars Roundtable on Congressional Oversight,” The Levin Center at Wayne Law, Detroit, MI, 2017
  • Bipartisan Congressional Staff Trainer, “Congressional Oversight Boot Camp,” Project on Government Oversight, The Lugar Center & The Levin Center at Wayne Law, Washington, D.C., 2017
  • Panelist, “Legal, Policy, and Political Challenges in the Presidential Transition,” American Bar Association Administrative Law Conference, Washington, D.C., 2016

Additional Information

In addition to his frequent contributions to the national security online legal forum Just Security, Mr. Wright has bylines in Newsweek, Slate, Huffington Post, Politico Magazine, JURIST, ACS Blog, Savannah Morning News, and The Atlanta Voice. He is a frequent commentator on executive power, government ethics, national security, and politically charged congressional and criminal investigations, including interviews appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Associated Press, Reuters, McClatchy, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, The Hill, Vox, Business Insider, and Slate. Wright has also written numerous law review article exploring congressional investigations and executive power, appearing in Texas Law Review, New York University Law Review Online, Marquette Law Review, Mississippi Law Journal, Wayne Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, Arkansas Law Review, and Savannah Law Review.
  • Co- Authored, “A Renewed Congressional Focus on Investigating the Energy Industry,” Power, May 15, 2019
Media Mentions
  • “Donald Trump is not the first president to fight subpoenas,” The Economist, May 2, 2019
  • “Mnuchin Defies Subpoena for President Trump’s Tax Returns,” The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2019
  • “Subpoena on Trump Obamacare Stance a Dilemma for Democrats,” Bloomberg Government, May 20, 2019
  • “McGahn was a no-show. What’s next for the Trump obstruction probe?” PBS Newshour, May 21, 2019
  • “Trump appeals federal judge’s order upholding House subpoena for his accounting firm’s records,” The Washington Post, May 21, 2019
  • Represent a major energy company in a congressional investigation related to Middle Eastern energy market access in a highly regulated industry.
  • Represent a major technology company in connection with multiple congressional investigations related to privacy practices and antitrust issues.
  • Represent a senior energy executive in a federal grand jury investigation in Puerto Rico.
  • Represent a senior foreign service officer in a deposition and public testimony in the House impeachment proceedings.