Andrew Fois is an attorney living and working in Washington, D.C. As of April 9, 2012, he will be serving as the Deputy Attorney General for Public Safety in the Office of the Attorney General in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, Andy will have responsibility, among other duties, for supervision of all juvenile prosecutions, many criminal offenses such as DUI and DWI, victim and neighborhood services and will supervise the work of the General Counsels of five DC public safety agencies. For the previous three years Andy was a Managing Director of the National Crime Prevention Council (home of McGruff the Crime Dog) with a wide range of responsibilities involving crime prevention, grant administrations, legal matters, communications, community outreach, government relations and management. During that time he was a frequent analyst on television, radio and the Internet on various political, legal and policy issues.
In 1995, Andy was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs in the United States Department of Justice. He had previously served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General to Deputy AG Jamie Gorelick and as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno during which time he helped lead the enactment and implementation of the 1994 comprehensive crime act. This landmark legislation included the COPS program, drug courts, the assault weapons band, the Violence Against Women Act and more.
His private practice includes a partnership in the D.C. office of Venable LLP and work as a solo practitioner. Among his private clients were the National Association of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Drug Court Association, a leading cvil rights group, a major think tank and many various businesses and trade associations. Andy was Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice of the Judiciary Committee in the United States House of Representatives helping lead enactment of the Brady bill. From 1985 through 1989 he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia handling trial and appellate cases and serving as the Deputy Chief of the Misdemeanor Division. He has held the position of Senior Fellow at Globalsecurity.org, a national security, web-based think tank. Early in his career Andy was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Andy frequently appears on television and radio as a legal analyst. He has worked as a contributor to the Fox News Channel. He has written and spoken extensively on legal and public policy issues and was a regular columnist for two local papers in Washington, D.C.
He was recommended twice and nominated once for a seat on the D.C. Superior Court. He has been recognized by several professional awards including the Edmund Randolph Award, the Justice Department's highest honor for distinguished service. Andy has been a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard University.
Andy graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983 and Georgetown University in 1979 cum laude with a BA in government and history. He holds a Master's Degree from the University of Essex, UK in American Government. He is a member of the bar in Washington, D.C., New York and Florida as well as the bars of the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
His community service includes co-chairing the D.C. Coalition Against Drugs and Violence, a D.C. anti-drug and violence community group. Andy is active in his parish church serving on its Council and in other ministries including the Executive Committee of the Disabilities Ministry. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Coalition for Special Education. He has been a DC resident for almost all of the past 37 years.
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