Andrew H. Marks

A native of Coral Gables, Andy Marks joined Coffey Burlington as a partner after more than 25 years of practice as a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Crowell & Moring LLP.  He clerked for U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey in the District of Columbia and also served as Executive Assistant to Ambassador Sol M. Linowitz, President Carter’s Personal Representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations.

A member of the Florida, District of Columbia, and Maryland bars, Andy has extensive experience both as a trial lawyer, appellate advocate, and counselor in a wide range of practice areas, including hotel management disputes, business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate governance, class actions, real estate, insurance coverage, and electronic discovery.  He also has represented media clients on libel and other issues and handled numerous civil rights cases.  In addition, Andy has substantial experience, and a strong record of success, both as a mediator and an arbitrator.

Representative Experience

  • Representing Hyatt Hotels in ongoing arbitration relating to disputes with owner of resort in the Caribbean
  • Represented Hyatt Hotels in arbitration relating to payment obligations under management agreement relating to San Francisco hotel
  • Represented Marriott International in litigation with owner relating to management of hotel property in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Represented Marriott International and developer in litigation arising out of development of Marriott Convention Center hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Lead Class Counsel responsible for negotiating and implementing $1.25 billion settlement for class of black farmers who were the victims of discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in farm loan program
  • Representation of The New Republic on wide range of litigation and counseling matters
  • Represented various property and casualty carriers in high stakes coverage litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country
  • Represented life insurance company against fraud claims asserted by putative class
  • Represented health insurer against payment practice claims asserted by putative class
  • Representing Denver Public School System in connection with modification of consent decree governing provision of services to non-native English speaking students
  • Represented developer of luxury condominium property in District of Columbia in litigation to overturn arbitration rulings
  • Represented Commission on Presidential Debates in litigation brought by Ralph Nader arising out of Mr. Nader’s efforts to attend the 2000 Presidential Debate in Boston
  • Counseled corporate clients on cost-effective management of electronic discovery issues

Professional and Community Involvement

  • President, District of Columbia Bar (1998-99)
  • President, District of Columbia Bar Foundation (2004-05)
  • Member, District of Columbia Access to Justice Foundation (current)
  • Board of Directors, District of Columbia School of Law Foundation (current)
  • American Jewish Committee, Member of National Board of Governors and Vice-Chair of International Relations Commission
  • Board of Directors, Washington Hebrew Congregation

Awards and Recognition

  • Recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Award from the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his “dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and his outstanding contributions to the enrichment of the community.”
  • Recipient of the Servant of Justice Award by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
  • Recognized annually as a “Best Lawyer in Washington, D.C.” in the practice areas of commercial litigation, First Amendment law, and alternative dispute resolution 


  • Raised in Coral Gables
  • Married, three sons
  • Passionate about golf and Washington Capitals hockey