Andrew Kirtley is a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP. He specializes in complex commercial litigation and class actions against major corporations, such as Bank of America, Google, Qualcomm, Tesla, and large property insurers. Before joining the firm, Andrew spent several years as an attorney in the District of Columbia, where he worked at a tenants’ rights law firm, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and a boutique law firm specializing in federal environmental and civil rights litigation. Andrew has represented hundreds of clients in all phases of litigation, including first-chairing dispositive motions, trials, and appeals.

Andrew earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. During law school, Andrew completed externships with U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis in the Southern District of New York (New York, NY), the U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, DC), the Navajo Nation Department of Justice (Window Rock, AZ), and the Human Rights Law Network (New Delhi, India). Before law school, Andrew worked as a bicycle messenger and in various other service industry jobs, and lived in Boston, Chicago, Kentucky, and France.

Andrew is active in the legal community and enjoys being part of a firm that values the pursuit of justice. Beyond work, he enjoys spending time with his partner and dog, traveling, hiking, and exploring the Bay Area.



Honors & Awards

Honors & Recognitions

California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (2023)

Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star (2023)

Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star (2022)

Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star (2021)



Member, American Association for Justice

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Constitution Society

Member, Consumer Attorneys of California

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Public Justice

Member, San Mateo County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Co-Chair, Washington Council of Lawyers 2018­­–2019 Mentoring Program


Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. (2014)

Vermont Law School, Master of Environmental Law and Policy (2014)

Berklee College of Music, B.M.


  • Judicial Extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis of the Southern District of New York


  • California
    District of Columbia
    New York
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit
    U.S. District Court – California (all districts)
    U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
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