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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 for 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 public and private oversight, having led courses current House and Senate oversight staff from both political parties over the past three years.

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 also 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
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 Texas Law Review, New York University Law Review Online, Marquette Law Review, Wayne Law Review, West Virginia Law Review, Arkansas Law Review, and Savannah Law Review.