R. Andrew Austria Associate

Drew’s practice focuses on representing corporate and individual clients in connection with government investigations, internal investigations, civil litigation, government contracts, and white collar defense.

He has assisted clients in the defense, healthcare, energy, and financial services industries with internal investigations, federal investigations, and SEC inquiries. He also regularly advises government contractors on compliance with the Joint Ethics Regulations and other federal gift and gratuities statutes.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Department, Drew served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy. While on active duty, Drew served as a prosecutor, trial defense counsel, and appellate defense counsel. He has litigated contested courts-martial and argued cases on appeal before the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. As an appellate defense counsel, Drew directed the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division’s Supreme Court practice, serving as Counsel of Record for each of the Division’s certiorari-stage filings. He also led the appeal of one of the Marines implicated in an international incident involving the desecration of Taliban corpses, securing dismissal of all charges with prejudice due to government misconduct. In 2017, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council awarded him the Military Meritorious Service Award for his zealous advocacy on behalf of Sailors and Marines.

While in law school, Drew served as President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and was a member Vanderbilt’s Moot Court Traveling Team. He also served as a legal intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and as an ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program Fellow in the Staff Attorneys’ Office of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Before attending law school, Drew served in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he assisted in investigating mergers and acquisitions related to the telecommunications industry.

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, 2012
  • University of Virginia, BA, Dean's List, 2007

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021

Military Meritorious Service Award, Federal Asian Pacific American Council, 2017

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