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Andy Taylor counsels clients in all stages of litigation, including pre-dispute risk management, pleadings, motions, discovery, trials, appeals and alternative dispute resolution. He has concentrations in data privacy and cybersecurity compliance and litigation, international arbitration, trade secret misappropriation, and financial services disputes.

Representation Experience

Drawing on his experience as an in-house data privacy leader, Andy helps companies in a wide range of industries with their data privacy and cybersecurity needs. This includes litigating claims under the Video Privacy Protection Act, Wiretap Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and state law invasion of privacy and consumer protection claims. He also regularly advises companies on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, California Consumer Privacy Act, the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and other federal, state, and international data privacy and cybersecurity frameworks.

Additionally, Andy has experience representing foreign companies in international commercial arbitrations. He has also represented Fortune 50 companies in trade secret disputes under the Defend Trade Secrets Act and state law equivalents. Finally, Andy builds on his financial services industry experience in insurance litigation, consumer lending disputes, and in Fair Credit Reporting Act claims.

Prior Experience

Before practicing law, Andy spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill. He was chief economic advisor on the staff of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, legislative director to the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and a professional staff member on the Financial Services Committee. His work included drafting and negotiating legislation, preparing congressional hearings, and conducting oversight and investigations of executive agencies.

After moving to Minnesota, Andy pivoted to the private sector, where he led the data privacy and digital legal operations team of one of the country’s largest agricultural lending institutions. He worked full-time while attending Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s part-time evening program. He graduated first in his class and was the associate editor-in-chief of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review.

Personal Interests

Since studying at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, he remains avidly interested in the politics of Turkey and the Caucasus. Andy also enjoys organic gardening, hiking, kayaking, Dodgers baseball, bagpipes, travel, vegetarian food, reading The Economist, and spending time with his family.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)

Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutral (Civil Adjudicative/Evaluative & Civil Facilitative/Hybrid)

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) — Arbitrator


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. Mitchell Hamline Law Review (associate editor-in-chief) (2023)

University of Portland
B.A. in Political Science (2010)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Supreme Court Ends Saga Over Which Venezuelan Government Could Be Sued in International Investment Dispute 
    Republished by The ABA International Arbitration Committee, January 2024
  • New FTC Policy on Biometric Information Creates New Risks
    Republished in Law360 (May 31, 2023)
  • Much Dispute About Nothing? A Critical Examination of the Backlash Against Investment Treaty Arbitration in International Intellectual Property Disputes
    Cybaris®, An Intellectual Property Law Review, vol. 14, issue 1 (2023)
  • Copyright Law Cannot Copyright Law
    Mitchell Hamline Law Review, vol. 47, issue 3 (2021)
  • A Roadmap to Strengthen US Cyber Enforcement
    Co-author, Third Way (Nov. 16, 2020) 
  • Turkey and Russia Are Not Friends, Despite Appearances
    Co-author, The Hill (June 16, 2019) 
  • Proposed State Department Bureau Takes Wrong Approach to U.S. Cyber Diplomacy
    Cyberscoop (June 7, 2019) 
  • Right to Try Misses the Real Issue: There Is Another Solution
    Co-author, The Hill (Dec. 20, 2016) 

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Andy’s pro bono experience includes working on behalf of immigrants seeking asylum from Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Russia. He also has experience with criminal post-conviction relief and mediation of housing disputes.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Vice Chair, Eurasia Committee
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Council Member, Tech Law Section; Vice Chair, International Business Law Section

Civic Activities

  • The Borgen Project — Board of Directors, 2019-present; Chair, 2020-22


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
  • Great North Innocence Project — Pro Bono Champions of the Year, 2023
  • Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition — Top Oralist in USA Preliminary Round
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law — CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Criminal Law
  • Rare Disease Legislative Advocates — “RareVoice Abbey Award” for Enactment of Creating Hope Act, 2012
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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