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Andrew Garrahan
Andrew D. Garrahan
Associate
Washington +1 202 662 5841 agarrahan@cov.com Download V-card

Andrew Garrahan represents and counsels clients at the intersection of law and politics. He guides them through both regulatory compliance issues and government investigations on matters including state and federal campaign finance, ethics, lobbying, and corruption.

Mr. Garrahan’s prior career in political fundraising gives him a unique perspective on the challenges faced by his clients, which include corporations, candidates, government officials, political and nonprofit organizations, and private individuals.

  • Represents officers of a corporation in a federal criminal campaign finance investigation and related Federal Election Commission (FEC) enforcement.
  • Defending a government contractor against alleged federal wire fraud, money laundering, false statements, and Iran sanctions violations.
  • Represents a medical distributor in an investigation by the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
  • Advises a major pharmaceutical company on state campaign finance, lobbying, and pay-to-play matters.
  • Achieved dismissal of a California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) campaign finance complaint against a private company.
  • Achieved a dismissal of an investigation of a nonprofit organization by the Department of Justice, National Security Division’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit, and a determination that the organization was not a foreign agent.
  • Achieved a dismissal of an investigation of a nonprofit organization by the Department of Justice, National Security Division’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Unit, and a determination that the organization was not a foreign agent.
  • Successfully guided a trade association through an audit by the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).
  • Represented a consulting firm in an investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR).
  • Defended a Fortune 100 company in an investigation by the Department of Justice and Department of State into criminal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations.   
  • Advised an international organization in an investigation by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).
  • Represented a Fortune 100 manufacturer in responding to a subpoena in a political corruption investigation by the Department of Justice.
  • Advised a federal Super PAC on compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act and related FEC regulations.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical corporation in investigations by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) and Senate Special Committee on Aging (SCA).
  • Counseled an individual through an investigation by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (O&I).
  • Audited the political law compliance practices of a major natural resources corporation, proposed new compliance policies, and assisted with their implementation.
  • Represented a government contractor in a fast-paced, highly sensitive federal investigation into its security practices.

Pro Bono

  • Representing a federal detainee in a habeas corpus trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California Political Attorneys Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, Board of Directors
  • Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Board of Trustees (2016)

Previous Experience

  • City of Waynesboro, Virginia, Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Intern (2012-2013)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Office, Intern (2011)
  • Virginians for Wagner for Lt. Governor, Finance Director (2008-2009)
  • Friends of Mark Warner, Deputy Finance Director (2007-2008)
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Finance (2005-2007)