Andrew W. Russell Partner

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Andrew defends clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including those involving allegations of class and individual wage and hour violations, employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation. He has experience litigating claims involving trade secret misappropriation, ADA compliance and alleged violations of state and federal background check laws. In addition to litigating on behalf of his clients, Andrew provides preventative counseling to ensure compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and advises clients on personnel management decisions.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Andrew was an attorney in the Los Angeles offices of several law firms. During law school, he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Debre Weintraub of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Before practicing law, Andrew played volleyball professionally in Sweden as a member of Falkenberg Volleybolklubb. He also served as a program associate for Enterprise Community Partners in Los Angeles, providing training and capacity building assistance to nonprofit housing developers. While in college, Andrew spent a year studying abroad at Lunds Universitet in Sweden.


  • Argued and secured summary judgment on a meritless retaliation and whistleblower claim filed by a former employee of a large national aerospace manufacturer.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of a wage and hour class action filed against a global logistics company after more than five years of litigation.
  • Argued and secured summary judgment on a meritless disability discrimination claim filed against a national food and beverage retailer by a former employee.
  • Obtained complete defense victory after a four-day federal bench trial for a large healthcare facility in a lawsuit alleging claims of discrimination and violations of the ADA.
  • Argued and secured summary judgment on a complaint filed against a national hotel and restaurant company alleging fifteen causes of action including meritless claims of sexual harassment.
  • Secured dismissal of a representative PAGA claim for a popular California restaurant chain, turning the case into a single-plaintiff wage claim that resulted in a complete defense victory after a six-day arbitration.
  • Secured dismissal of a complaint filed by a men’s rights group against a retailer that held a ladies’ night to allow women to safely ask questions and provide educational information about the use of adult products designed for women.
  • Elicited deposition testimony from a plaintiff who admitted that he had no evidence to suggest his termination was for anything other than legitimate business reasons. The plaintiff dismissed his wrongful termination lawsuit after sanctions were threatened for the pursuit of a frivolous case.
  • Convinced potential plaintiff to abandon his ADA compliance claim by demonstrating that there was no basis in fact or in law for his allegations because all ADA and state disability access laws were obeyed.