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Andrew Soukup
Andrew Soukup
Washington +1 202 662 5066 asoukup@cov.com Download V-card

Andrew Soukup is a versatile litigator who specializes in representing financial institutions and other corporate clients in class actions and other high-stakes commercial disputes.  Mr. Soukup has helped clients achieve successful outcomes at all stages of litigation, from case inception through trial and appeal.  

Mr. Soukup has represented clients in the financial services, communications, technology, 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’s clients have repeatedly prevailed 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, 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.
  • Repeatedly defeated 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.
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s leading financial institutions in numerous lawsuits asserting FCRA violations.
  • Successfully defended one of the nation’s leading credit card banks from numerous lawsuits seeking to hold the bank liable for 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 National Credit Union Administration’s expansion of field-of-membership rules for community credit unions.
  • Successfully represented American Bankers Association in challenge to Volcker Rule provision of Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Helped 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

  • 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 & Burling, Mr. Soukup worked as a journalist.


  • Washington DC Super Lawyer, "Rising Star" (2013-2018)