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.

Drew draws on his experience as an experienced trial lawyer and appellate advocate to counsel clients in the defense, healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy, and financial institution industries in a broad range of criminal, civil, and administrative matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and other federal and state investigative agencies. He also regularly assists government contractors with addressing compliance issues related to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Ethics Regulations and other federal gift and gratuities statutes.

Drew is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession and serving his community. He regularly mentors underrepresented law students to pursue judicial internships and clerkships through the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Judicial Intern Opportunity Program.  He routinely handles pro bono matters on behalf of servicemembers, veterans, and their families and also serves as the pro bono coordinator for the firm’s Veteran Lawyers Network, which was recognized in 2021 as Veterans Program of the Year by Chambers and Partners’ Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized Government Investigations and White Collar Department, Drew served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, Drew served as a prosecutor, trial defense counsel, appellate defense counsel, and legal advisor to senior flag officers. 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 served as lead counsel in the appeal of a Marine 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 DOJ’s Antitrust Division, where he reviewed mergers and acquisitions related to the telecommunications industry.

Experience

Conducted an internal investigation for a large public health organization to determine their compliance with a corporate integrity agreement.

Representation of a physician charged with federal healthcare fraud-related offenses.

Representation of a senior executive of a healthcare technology company charged with federal fraud-related offenses.

Conducted an internal investigation for a large financial institution related to the theft of trade secrets by a former employee. Also, advised the client in connection with a parallel federal grand jury investigation.

Conducted an internal investigation for a large financial institution related to a data breach with potential national security implications. 

Representation of an accounting and financial solutions firm in connection with a SEC inquiry.

Represented employees of a large financial institution in connection with a DOJ investigation into alleged fraud committed by a customer.

Assisted an exonerated Navy SEAL with obtaining nearly $500,000 in backpay and an active duty retirement after his wrongful convictions were dismissed with prejudice on appeal.

Representation of senior executives and employees of an investment firm in connection with an IRS criminal tax investigation.

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, 2012
  • University of Virginia, BA, Dean's List, 2007

Member, American Bar Association

Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Virginia

  • 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

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021, 2022

Recognized by Chambers and Partners’ Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America, Veterans Program of the Year, 2021

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

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