Andy is a partner at Clarke Silverglate, where he practices appellate and complex civil litigation. He furthers our clients’ objectives by prosecuting and resisting appeals, petitions for extraordinary writs, and intricate motions. His practice also encompasses issue preservation at trial, such as the drafting of judgments, verdict forms, jury instructions, and motions in limine.
Andy relishes the discovery of creative solutions to sophisticated legal problems. By way of example, his past work has resulted in opinions distinguishing the subject-matter jurisdictions of Florida’s circuit and county courts in the homestead-exemption context; overturning a life sentence for first-degree murder on double-jeopardy grounds; and thwarting an appellate attempt to commandeer a local church’s $10 million property. Other representative matters include a $30 million tax-refund appeal; federal criminal sentencing appeals; and defending the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua in federal court on sovereign-immunity grounds. He is admitted to practice in several federal courts of appeals as well as in the Supreme Court of the United States, where he has experience both seeking and resisting certiorari review.
Before joining Clarke Silverglate, Andy practiced appellate law at Kawel PLLC (an appellate firm that he founded in 2011) and commercial litigation as an associate at an AmLaw 100 firm in Washington, DC. He has been named as a Florida “Rising Star in Appellate Practice” several years running. And he has served on the boards of the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society; the Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inn of Court; and the South Miami–Kendall Bar Association.
Appellate law has been an important part of Andy’s life for many years. Both during and after law school, Andy served in the appellate chambers of the Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the State of Maryland. And during his 1L summer, Andy worked at the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation, where, under the supervision of government attorneys, he drafted several appellate briefs on behalf of the United States.
Andy graduated with honors from The American University, Washington College of Law. During law school, he served as a Legal Rhetoric Dean’s Fellow for Research; was a member of the Negotiation Team; and oversaw 80 staff members as Editor in Chief of the ABA publication Administrative Law Review. In his capacity as Editor in Chief, Andy helped to revise the administrative-materials sections of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, earning the law review a credit in the front pages of that manual. And he hosted and introduced Justice Antonin Scalia as Keynote Speaker for Administrative Law Review’s annual Symposium, as well as Justice Scalia’s guest Bryan Garner, the Editor in Chief of Black’s Law Dictionary.
Andy earned his B.A. with honors from Kalamazoo College, where he majored in Spanish Literature and minored in Music. He plays both viola and classical guitar, and he spent his junior year at the Universidad de Extremadura in Cáceres, Spain.
Andy is the proud father of three children, who are the center of his life. In his spare time he enjoys CrossFit, reading, and listening to a wide variety of music. One of his lifelong goals is to become conversant in all six of the official United Nations languages. He is fluent in Spanish and is currently acquiring Russian and French.
The Supreme Court of the United States
United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Circuit Court for the Fourth Circuit
United States Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Circuit Court for the Federal Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
District of Columbia
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