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Andowah A. Newton

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Education

  • Cornell University (JD)
  • La Sorbonne-Universite de Paris (LD)
  • Georgetown University (BS, Accounting)
  • Universite de Lyon (DEUF)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Andowah litigates complex disputes, obtains judgments, and negotiates favorable settlements on behalf of U.S. and international commercial entities.  Her clients have included public and private companies, partnerships, senior executives, officers, directors, business owners, and individuals.  She represents clients before federal and state courts, administrative boards, in arbitrations, and internal and governmental investigations. 

Leveraging her past experience as a CPA, auditor, and internal controls analyst, Andowah frequently represents clients in the financial and accounting industries, as well as in the retail, automotive, pharmaceutical, entertainment, media, information, and technology industries. 

Clients rely on Andowah’s international education and experience, fluency in French, and proficiency in Spanish to handle disputes with international and multilingual elements.

Andowah began her practice by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable First Vice President Judge Akua Kuenyehia at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.  Andowah continues to be actively involved in public service by volunteering as a mentor and debate judge for several organizations.  She also has won asylum, withholding of removal under the Convention Against Torture, and orders of protection for victims of persecution, torture, and domestic violence.

Andowah has had several articles published, the first of which was published while she was still attending Cornell Law School.  Her article on immigration was selected for publication in the Cornell International Law Journal, for which she served as a Note Editor.  Andowah’s article also was selected by the Washington Foreign Law Society as the best published student writing on an international subject and has since been cited in several notable publications such as the Harvard Journal on Legislation and the leading casebook on immigration law.  Andowah’s recent published writings include articles on data privacy and security and international criminal law.  She also has been quoted in an article on international copyright law. 

Before joining Mintz Levin, Andowah was an associate at the New York office of a top international law firm, where her practice focused on international litigation and arbitration, and trademark and copyright litigation.

Before attending law school, Andowah worked for four years as a senior audit associate at a Big Four accounting firm in its technology, information, communications, entertainment, and media group, and as an internal controls analyst at a Fortune 500 company in the luxury cosmetics industry.

Representative Matters

  • Won summary judgment for $6 million on behalf of venture capital firm against guarantors of note
  • Successfully argued appeal of multimillion dollar judgment obtained on behalf of investors
  • Won default judgments on behalf of individual investor and bank
  • Successfully argued against motion to dismiss negligence and breach of contract claims on behalf of bank
  • Won administrative appeal brought before state board of health
  • Successfully defended motion to dismiss breach of contract and unjust enrichment claims
  • Won dismissal of counterclaim for unjust enrichment
  • Successfully defended motion to dismiss copyright infringement claims brought against record company for unauthorized sale and distribution of musical works
  • Obtained favorable settlements on behalf of automobile manufacturers in trademark infringement, dilution, and cybersquatting disputes
  • Won dismissal of key claims in international arbitration proceeding instituted by consultant against software engineering company
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of telecommunications company

Recognitions & Awards

  • New York Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Business Litigation (2014)
  • Robert H. Jackson Award, Washington Foreign Law Society
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, New York State Bar Association
  • Selected for HNBA Latinas in the Legal Profession Commission’s Leadership Program

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Chair, International Tribunals Subcommittee, NYC Bar Association African Affairs Committee
  • Trustee and Member, New York Choral Society

  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Mentor, Debate Judge & Coach, Legal Outreach
  • Mentor, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students
  • Mentor, Inroads Alumni Association