U.S. Department of State

David R. Andrews
Legal Adviser

David R. Andrews was the Legal Adviser to the Department of State. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 1997.

Mr. Andrews was the principal adviser on all legal matters, domestic and international, to the Department of State, the Foreign Service, and diplomatic and consular posts abroad. He was also the principal adviser on legal matters relating to the conduct of foreign relations to other agencies and, through the Secretary of State, to the President and the National Security Council.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Andrews was a partner and the former Chairman (1991-1994) of the California-based international law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. He also served as the Managing Partner of the firm's Washington, DC office (1985-1991). Mr. Andrews was the founder of the firm's environmental practice and was the Chairman of the Environmental, Natural Resources and Land Use Practice Group. He specialized in compliance counseling and advised clients on the assessment and development of environmental management systems for their domestic and international operations.

Mr. Andrews had an active practice in counseling foreign governments. He represented the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan in rewriting their hazardous waste laws. He also worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) United States-Asia Environmental Program in Malaysia, where he counseled the Director General of the Department of the Environment on the development of a system for the implementation of an environmental tax. He was a member of USAID's Institute of International Education's Energy Training Program Advisory Committee.

Mr. Andrews previously served as Regional Counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region IX (1975-1977), and as Legal Counsel and Special Assistant for Policy at EPA in Washington, DC (1977-1980). He also served as the Principal Deputy General Counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services (1980-1981).

Mr. Andrews is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and its California counterpart, the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is also a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Law Institute, the Environmental and Natural Resources Advisory Council of Stanford Law School and the National Advisory Board of the Ecology Law Quarterly of Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Andrews was also actively involved in numerous professional activities with a community bent. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, based in Washington, DC, a member of the Northern California Steering Committee for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Marin Community Foundation, the third-largest community foundation in the U.S.

Two of Mr. Andrews' other interests are health care and the arts. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Kaiser Permanente and was a Trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Mr. Andrews was selected for inclusion in each edition since 1988 of The Best Lawyers in America.

He is a graduate of the University of California and its School of Law. In 1974, Mr. Andrews was a Visiting Fellow and Professor of Law at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law, Heidelberg, Germany.

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