Andrew Gray, JD ’07

Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP,  Orange County, CA 

 


Before pursing his law degree, Andrew Gray, JD ’07, began his career as an educator at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He divided his time between breaking down equations at the head of a geometry classroom and inspiring students from the sidelines coaching the basketball and football teams. Despite the many rewards, Gray often found himself looking for more. “While I loved working with the students, I desired further intellectual challenge,” Gray says. “I decided to pursue a law degree to gain the skills necessary to make a greater impact on society.”

When asked why he chose Washington University, he cited the collegial atmosphere and involved faculty both of which helped form the educational foundation for his current career. His first year Property classes and his courses in Securities Regulation and Corporations imparted to him a firm understanding of corporate law, which now underpins all of his work. He also credited Professor Michael Koby with helping him develop the legal writing skills that helped him stand out as he progressed in his career. Similarly, Troy Paredes, former faculty member and Ex-Commissioner for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, instilled in him an interest in corporate governance and property law theories.

When it came to learning the finer points of legal writing, Gray still recalls his time working on the Washington University Law Review. The broad exposure to the numerous areas of the law and the ongoing demand for a critical eye for detail proved to be invaluable experiences in his future career.

After graduation from law school, Andrew Gray spent a year as an associate for Latham & Watkins LLP, before moving onto a clerkship with the Honorable Kim Wardlaw on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After his clerkship, Gray returned to Latham & Watkins in Orange County in 2009, where he still practices today. Gray’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on securities and commodities fraud, mergers and acquisitions, professional liability, and class action litigation.

In his chosen career, Andrew Gray is making the impact and facing the challenges for which he had been searching. When asked what he has come to enjoy most about his current field, Gray says: “I enjoy the challenge of learning a new business model with each case.  My job requires me to understand the client’s business so that I can efficiently reach their goals in litigation.”

By Brent Mueller