Harvard Law School, J.D. with Honors
Harvard College, B.A. with Honors; Phi Beta Kappa
Federal Clerkship: Hon. Donald D. Alsop, District of Minnesota
Andrew R. Kislik
Andy is a trial and appellate lawyer who trained at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and who was a principal of Cohen & Ostler in Palo Alto for 16 years. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, trade secrets/intellectual property litigation, and employment/wage & hour law.
Andy was selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 by Super Lawyers® magazine. He was rated AV Preeminent® (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Andy was selected as a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media.
Educational Background & Federal Clerkship:
- Andy earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review and graduated with honors.
- He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors.
- Prior to entering into private practice, Andy served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Judge Donald D. Alsop in the District of Minnesota. Following his clerkship, he served as a special master in the redistricting of Minnesota. Andy also has worked for the labor and litigation departments of the California Judicial Council.
Prior Representations: Andy has successfully represented individual clients and large corporations. Results include:
- [Manufacturing & Supply Company v. Manufacturing & Supply Company], Los Angeles County Superior Court: in a trade secrets misappropriation case, obtained plaintiff’s dismissal for a fraction of the cost of continuing to defend the case.
- [Technology Company v. Technology Company], Santa Clara County Superior Court: successfully defended trade secrets case, with plaintiff dismissing case.
- [Putative Class v. Adult Home Care Services Company], Los Angeles County Superior Court: settled class numbering in excess of 200 employees for small fraction of total claim.
- [Putative Class v. Services Company], Alameda County Superior Court: settlement of putative wage & hour class action for a fraction of claims.
- [Putative Class v. Restaurant], Los Angeles County Superior Court: dismissal of putative wage & hour class action for small individual settlement for a fraction of claims.
Wage & Hour:
- [Wage Action v. Professional], Alameda County Superior Court: dismissal of action for small individual settlement, for a fraction of the cost of defense.
- [Wage Action v. Store Chain and Manufacturer], Los Angeles County Superior Court: dismissal of action for small individual settlement, for a small fraction of the cost of defense.
- [Plaintiff’s Wage & Hour Claims], pre-filing, obtained favorable settlement for virtually all that our client sought in damages against her former employer.
- [Services Company v. Services Company], American Arbitration Association: obtained large award for virtually all the client sought, although the opposing party counterclaimed for over a million dollars.
- [Individual v. Former Employer], First District Court of Appeal: prevailed on behalf of employee in published opinion striking down arbitration clause.
- [Individual v. Former Employer], First District Court of Appeal: prevailed on behalf of employer-defendant, upholding grant of summary judgment.