Andrew Prins is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses primarily on appellate and trial court litigation involving challenges to government action. He regularly drafts briefs and provides counseling on novel issues of administrative law for clients in a variety of industries, especially in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical space. He also represents clients in other forms of complex litigation, including class action defense.
Mr. Prins's matters arise under a wide range of federal statutory and regulatory regimes, including the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Plant Protection Act (PPA), Controlled Substances Act (CSA), Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), Federal Power Act (FPA) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). He also has experience with complex constitutional issues, especially First Amendment issues involving political and commercial speech.
Representative litigation matters in which he has played a significant role include:
- Robert Ito Farm, Inc. v. Cnty. of Maui, --- F. Supp. 3d ---, No. CIV. 14-00511, 2015 WL 4041480 (D. Haw. June 30, 2015) (invalidating county ban on biotechnology crops as preempted by federal and state law)
- New York Statewide Coal. of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce v. New York City Dep't of Health & Mental Hygiene, 23 N.Y.3d 681 (2014) (invalidating New York City’s “soda ban” on constitutional grounds)
- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. v. Sebelius, No. 1:14-cv-00786 (D.D.C. May 15, 2014) (defeating challenge to pending FDA generic drug application)
- Ctr. for Food Safety v. Vilsack, 718 F.3d 829 (9th Cir. 2013) (defeating challenge to biotechnology crop approval)
- Walgreen Co. v. DEA, No. 12-1397 (D.C. Cir. filed Oct. 10, 2012) (challenging DEA enforcement action and regulatory interpretation)
- Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes v. City of Richmond, 3:12-cv-04545 (N.D. Cal. Sep. 13, 2012) (obtaining on First Amendment grounds a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against city ordinance placing restrictions and burdens on political speech)
Mr. Prins is recognized as a "Rising Star" in the 2014 and 2015 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers lists.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Prins served as a judicial clerk to Judge J. L. Edmondson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During law school, he was an editor on the Duke Law Journal.
Mr. Prins also has extensive experience in the technology industry, with a particular focus on networking technologies and data security. For ten years prior to practicing law, he served in various senior-level engineering and management roles at a large multinational internet and telecommunications company.