Mary Carter Andrues


University of Southern California
Gould School of Law
J.D.  1988
Order of the Coif, Executive Notes Editor – Southern California Law Review

University of California, Los Angeles
PhD.  1984
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 1984-1985

University of California, Los Angeles
M.S. 1979

University of Kansas
B.S. 1977 

Bar and Court Admissions
Ms. Andrues is admitted to practice in California, district courts in the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mary Carter Andrues


Prior to entering private practice, Mary was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, where she served as the Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section.  She also served as Health Care Fraud Coordinator and as a member of the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, Health Care Fraud Subcommittee under then Attorney General Janet Reno.  Mary received the Attorney General’s Director’s Award for her role as the lead federal prosecutor in the LAPD Rampart Investigation. Before opening ANDRUESPODBERESKY, she was national practice group leader of the White Collar & Investigations Group in an AmLaw 200 firm.

Mary has represented business entities, hospitals, municipal corporations, corporate executives, and employees who have been under criminal investigation or criminally charged.  She has responded to grand jury and administrative subpoenas and civil investigative demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide, local District Attorney’s Offices, and numerous federal agencies.  Mary has significant experience in defending False Claims Act cases and violations of U.S. export and trade regulations.  She also has prepared directed and voluntary disclosures and an FCPA monitor’s report.

Mary has been recognized by “Best Lawyers in America” from 2013 – 2017 for her achievements in white collar criminal defense and has been listed in the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers from 2012-2017. She was ranked as a “Top Woman Attorney” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 2012 and 2017, and is regularly ranked in Chambers USA. Mary was chosen as the “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by the University of Southern California Public Interest Law Foundation in 2009 and received the Special Award for Commitment to Justice in 2017 from the Fidler Institute, Loyola Law School.

  • Represented several hospitals in whistleblower case involving anti-kickback and billing fraud allegations.
  • Represented former wife of professional cyclist litigation involving the use of performance enhancing drugs.
  • Obtained declination of whistleblower’s claim that hospital violated Anti-kickback statute and Stark law.
  • Obtained summary judgment against whistleblower in False Claims Act case brought against Federally Qualified Health Center and then obtained payment of attorney’s fees from the whistleblower as a vexatious litigant.
  • Successfully negotiated reduced False Claims Act settlement and nationwide declination of all parallel criminal charges regarding alleged failure to pay antidumping duties.
  • Obtained declination of federal and state False Claims Act whistleblower complaint alleging municipal corporation engaged in anti-kickback arrangement.
  • Obtained declination of False Claims Act investigation and closure of voluntary disclosure submitted to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) for manufacturer of electronic circuit boards.
  • Obtained closure of a directed DDTC disclosure for firearms manufacturer.
  • Obtained removal from Zimbabwe Sanctions list for corporate and individual clients.
  • Represented The Ohio State University as part of an independent Task Force examining the culture of the OSU Marching Band.
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellowship Member (2016)
  • Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, Vice Chair of the Board (2015 to present)
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2011 to present)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Judicial Appointments Committee (2011 to present)
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Corporate Responsibility Subcommittees (2011 to present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Executive Board President (2010 to 2011) President-elect (2009 to 2010), Treasurer (2008 to 2009), Secretary (2007 to 2008), Current Board Member
  • American Bar Association, West Coast White Collar Crime Committee, Co-Chair (2004 to 2006)
  • Institute for Corporate Counsel, Executive Board (2009 to 2012)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Executive Committee, Afghan Public Private Partnership (2009 to 2012)
  • “Government Contractors and the False Claims Act,” Alaska Native Village Corporation Association, 9th Annual Conference, May 31, 2017
  • “The Disgruntled Employee: A Storm in the Making,” California Employment Law Forum; December 8, 2016
  • “FCA And Duty Orders: Key Weapons In A Trump Trade War?,” Law360; November 20, 2016
  • “National Security: Cybercrime & Economic Espionage,” 30th Annual ABA National Institute on White Collar Crime; March 2016
  • “Disclosing Export Violations Won’t Give You A Free Pass,” Law360; June, 2014
  • “What to Do if You Suspect or Discover an ITAR Violation: When and How to Investigate, Prepare a Voluntary Disclosure and Implement Remedial Measures” and “ITAR Compliance Program Do’s and Don’ts: Core Elements of Effective Compliance Manuals, Policies and Procedures,” American Conference Institute, ITAR Boot Camp West, San Diego, CA; February, 2014
  • “How Companies Are Strengthening Their False Claims and Qui Tam Risk Management Approach: A Practical Panel on How to Refine Your Internal Compliance Strategy and Design an Effective Whistleblower Program,” American Conference Institute, Advanced Forum on False Claims & Qui Tam Enforcement, New York, NY; January 2014
  • “Expanding Use of False Claims Act in International Arena,” Daily Journal; April 2013
  • “Money Laundering, Remitting & Export Control,” ABA 2012 International White Collar Crime Conference, London, England; October 2012
  • “Managing an FCPA Investigation and Prosecution,” 7th FCPA & Anti- Corruption Compliance Conference, San Francisco, CA; September 2011
  • “International Government Investigations, SEC Whistleblowers, and Private-Follow on Actions: Playing Chess on Multiple Boards,” ABA 2011 Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada; August 2011
  • “Defending the Individual in FCPA Cases: Managing the Company, Dealing with the Facts,” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ West Coast White Collar Conference, Lake Tahoe, NV; June 2011
  • “False Claims and ITAR – A Lethal Combination,” Law360; February 2011
  • “ITAR Enforcement Update and Q&A” and “What to Do if You Suspect or Discover a Violation: When and How to Investigate, Prepare a Voluntary Disclosure and Implement Remedial Measures,” American Conference Institute, ITAR Boot Camp; February 2011
  • “FCPA Shouldn’t Be Platform For Derivative Litigation,” Law360; November 2010
  • “Fueling FCPA Enforcement,” Law360; October 2010
  • “What to Do When Agents Show Up At Your Door,” American Conference Institute, Export Enforcement & Investigations; January 2010
  • “Deemed Export Enforcement: The Anatomy of a ‘Good’ Intangible Case and Why More Cases Are Expected,” American Conference Institute, Export Enforcement and Investigations; January 2009
  • “Export Crimes,” American Bar Association Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime; March 2008
  • “Anatomy of a Good Export Case: How Prosecutors Assess a Violation,” American Conference Institute, Export Enforcement & Investigations; January 2008
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