Andrew F. Kirtley is a partner at Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy. He specializes in complex commercial litigation and representing consumers in class actions against major corporations, such as Tesla, Google, Bank of America, and property insurers. Over the course of his career, Andrew has represented hundreds of clients in all phases of litigation, including first-chairing dispositive motions, trials, and appeals before multiple state supreme courts. Andrew’s legal advocacy has earned him numerous awards, including the 2023 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award.

Andrew’s representation of clients is informed by his diverse legal and life experience. Before joining CPM, Andrew spent five years in the District of Columbia as an attorney at a high-volume tenants’ rights law firm, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, and a boutique firm specializing in federal environmental and civil rights litigation. During law school, he completed externships with a federal judge 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’s Reproductive Rights Unit (New Delhi, India). Prior to that, Andrew studied music production and engineering at Berklee in Boston and photography at a French-language school in Paris, and worked a variety of service industry jobs including in a bookstore and as a bicycle messenger.

Andrew is active in legal community, serving as a Commissioner on California’s Access to Justice Commission and an active member in numerous professional organizations. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his partner and dog, traveling, hiking, sailing, and exploring the Bay Area. He lives in San Francisco.



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

Commissioner, California Access to Justice Commission (2023–present)

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


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
    U.S. District Court – Massachusetts
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