Andrea Sheridan Ordin

Senior Counsel

ANDREA SHERIDAN ORDIN joined the firm as Senior Counsel. She has been a trailblazer in our profession. She was the United States Attorney for the Central District of California—only the third female U.S. Attorney in American history. She has served as Los Angeles County Counsel, as Chief Assistant Attorney General of California, as Assistant District Attorney for Los Angeles County, and as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Ordin was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley to serve on the Christopher Commission that examined the Los Angeles Police Department’s practices following the Rodney King beating, resulting in a sweeping reform of the LAPD. She subsequently served as President of the Los Angeles Police Commission. Beyond her broad public-sector experience, Ms. Ordin was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she handled major litigation, including the aftermath of the 1994 Orange County bankruptcy, and conducted a number of independent investigations for corporate clients.

Ms. Ordin headed the Public Rights Division of the California Department of Justice for eight years under the leadership of John Van de Kamp, and with her guidance, the Office won landmark decisions in civil rights, environmental, land-use and antitrust law on behalf of the state and a broad range of state agencies, to which she was a counsel and advisor.

Most recently Ms. Ordin has been an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine Law School, teaching "Government Lawyering", and she has been invited to guest lecture and co-teach classes at UCLA Law School, Loyola Law School, and New York University School of Law. Among her awards are the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Award, the Mexican American Bar Foundation Precursor de Justicia Award, and the Los Angeles County Bar Shattuck-Price Award. She currently serves on the Los Angeles Ethics Commission to which she was appointed by Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer.