The New York Bar

Andrew Ward is an attorney with the Institute for Justice, where he protects economic liberty, private property, and free speech. He is a leader in IJ’s new Fresh Start practice, which challenges laws that unfairly prevent people with criminal records from earning an honest living.

Andrew led IJ’s first Fresh Start case, a successful challenge to a Pennsylvania law that required would-be cosmetologists to prove that they were good people before they could work in skincare. The lawsuit helped inspire reform that eliminated vague “good moral character” requirements throughout the state. He also second chaired DeVillier v. Texas, the Supreme Court case establishing that Texans can bring Fifth Amendment Takings claims against the state.

Before joining IJ, Andrew clerked for Judge Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has also been a litigation associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell and a law clerk to Judge Raymond Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Andrew received his law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University. He has undergraduate degrees in mathematics, physics, and English.

Andrew's Cases

Private Property

DeVillier v. Texas

Supreme Court Argument Victory! On April 16th, the Supreme Court vacated the Fifth Circuit decision and ruled the Devillier family can sue Texas for flooding caused by the state. Resources Brief for Petitioners…

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Andrew's News, Articles & Publications

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Andrew's Hearings

Texas Veterinary Speech II Oral Argument

  • 5th Circuit
  • March 05, 2024

On March 5, 2024 the Institute for Justice presented oral argument before a panel of judges advancing the theory that Dr. Ron Hines, a retired Texas-licensed veterinarian, is protected under the First Amendment for giving advice on animal welfare to those seeking his advice from around the world. This is… Read More