Fordham Law


Andrew W. Schilling '92 Appointed Civil Division Chief of SDNY

March 03, 2010

Andrew W. Schilling has been appointed the Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He succeeds James L. Cott, who had served since February 6, 2003.

"I am pleased to name Andrew Schilling the new Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York," said Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District. "Andrew is bright, innovative, and fair-minded and will make an exceptional Chief of the Civil Division. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Andrew back for a second tour of duty."

Schilling returns to the office from Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, where he has been a litigation partner since 2007. There, his practice combined complex civil litigation, including employment and appellate litigation, with white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations.

Schilling graduated Fordham Law cum laude in 1992. After law school, he clerked for Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin '59, former Fordham Law Dean, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1994 to 1997, Schilling was an associate at the New York law firm Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, where he concentrated in product liability, intellectual property and insurance coverage litigation.

From 1997 to 2007, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and later was made Chief of the Office's Civil Rights Unit. In that role, Schilling supervised cases involving both civil and criminal civil rights matters. He has tried numerous cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York—in employment discrimination, First Amendment, bankruptcy, organized crime, civil rights, and official misconduct cases—and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In 2006, he received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Henry L. Stimson Medal for outstanding service as an Assistant United States Attorney. He also received commendations by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division for his work enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and by the Department's Civil Division for his work on consolidated lawsuits challenging the regulations governing the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Schilling has also taught at Fordham Law as an adjunct professor.