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Andrew Soukup is a litigator who is co-chair of the firm’s Class Action Litigation practice group. Mr. Soukup has helped clients achieve successful outcomes at all stages of litigation, from case inception through trial and appeal. Based on his “big wins in his class action practice," Law360 recently named Mr. Soukup a "Class Action Rising Star," a recognition which honors top lawyers under 40 nationwide "whose legal accomplishments transcend their age."

Mr. Soukup specializes in representing financial institutions and other corporate clients in class actions and other high-stakes commercial disputes. He also represents clients in the technology, life sciences, consumer products, communications, sports, and retail industries. He has particular expertise defending clients from consumer protection claims asserted in class-action lawsuits and other multistate proceedings, many of which were defeated through dispositive pre-trial motions. Mr. Soukup has helped his clients prevail in litigation against putative class representatives, government agencies, and commercial entities. 

  • Successfully defended several of the nation’s leading financial institutions in a wide variety of litigation and arbitration proceedings involving alleged violations of RICO, FCRA, TILA, TCPA, FCBA, ECOA, EFTA, FACTA, and state consumer protection and unfair and deceptive acts or practices statutes, as well as claims involving breach of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, and other torts.
  • Defeated multiple lawsuits filed against leading financial institutions by invoking federal preemption.
  • Obtained favorable outcomes for numerous clients in commercial disputes raising contract, fraud, and other business tort claims.

Financial Services Litigation

  • Defeated class certification and obtained summary judgment for leading financial institution in nationwide mortgage class action challenging default-related charges, culminating in victories at the Ninth Circuit.
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading small business lenders in an arbitration proceeding contending that the bank was not the “true lender” on certain small business loans it made, turning a $20 million claim against the bank into a seven-figure judgment in the bank’s favor.
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s largest credit card issuers from nationwide class-action claims challenging the manner in which the bank allocates credit card payments.
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading financial institutions in numerous individual and class-action lawsuits asserting violations of the FCRA and CCRAA arising out of the manner in which information was provided about accounts in bankruptcy proceedings, culminating in a victory at the Ninth Circuit.
  • Defeated a putative class action by obtaining summary judgment on claims accusing one of the nation’s leading lenders of fraud and deceptive practices to enroll customers in lending products.
  • Successfully represented a credit union from nationwide class-action claims challenging the credit union’s overdraft and nonsufficient funds charges.
  • Successfully defended one of the nation’s leading credit card banks from numerous lawsuits asserting TILA and other statutory and common law claims seeking to hold the bank liable for allegedly unauthorized charges.
  • Helped financial services company defeat putative class action challenging company’s efforts to enforce tax liens.   
  • Successfully represented American Bankers Association in challenge to Volcker Rule provision of Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Helped numerous major financial institutions avoid multi-district class-action litigation by successfully enforcing the institutions’ arbitration agreements.
  • Represented one of the nation’s leading financial institutions in parens patriae lawsuits filed by state attorneys general alleging unfair and deceptive practices involving credit card “add-on” plans that settled on favorable terms early in litigation.
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading financial institutions in a nationwide class action alleging unfair and deceptive practices involving fee-based products that settled on favorable terms early in litigation.

Other Class Action Litigation

  • Defending the USOPC in class-action litigation accusing the organization of violating the Safe Sport Act.
  • Achieved favorable resolution for nationwide outdoor apparel company facing class-action claims alleging wrongful collection of personal information in connection with credit card transactions.
  • Obtained favorable outcome for a major online retailer from claims that the retailer sold “daily deal” vouchers in violation of the EFTA and state consumer protection laws.
  • Represented a nationwide footwear retailer in class-action lawsuit alleging FACTA violations that settled on favorable terms early in litigation.   

Other High-stakes Commercial and Administrative Litigation

  • Repeatedly helped media companies protect the confidentiality of their trade secrets from disclosure to third parties. Successful matters include persuading the D.C. Circuit to stay, and then overturn on substantive and procedural grounds, a Federal Communications Commission order that would have resulted in the release of confidential trade secrets to third parties.
  • Obtained summary judgment for major automotive dealership in highly publicized lawsuit filed by plaintiff seeking one-third ownership and control over the company.
  • Successfully represented major international technology company in multi-million dollar business dispute.
  • Represented the BIG EAST Conference in litigation that settled favorably to uphold the validity and enforceability of the Conference Bylaw withdrawal provisions.
  • Successfully represented real estate developer as plaintiff in partnership dispute that culminated in a favorable verdict following a multi-week jury trial.

Pro Bono

  • Lead trial counsel for indigent criminal defendant in four-day jury trial that culminated in a split verdict, including acquittals on attempted murder and robbery charges.
  • Helped a major civil rights organization achieve favorable outcomes in multiple public accommodations lawsuits.
  • Represented several religious organizations as amici in appellate proceedings involving religious freedom issues.

Previous Experience

  • Prior to joining Covington, Mr. Soukup worked as a journalist.
  • Law360, Class Action "Rising Star" (2019) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyer, "Rising Star" (2013-2020)