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You might say that David Andrews has not just had an exceptional legal career-he’s had three, as managing partner of a large law firm, senior counsel to three federal agencies, and general counsel of a Fortune 100 company. Colleagues say that Andrews has succeeded in these disparate roles because of his practical bent of mind. “He is a win-win kind of guy,” says Bingham McCutchen partner Karen Nardi. “He is always trying to find ways to make the pie bigger and have everyone be a part of the solution.” Andrews, 64, grew up in Oakland; in 1971 he started his career as an associate with McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, a San Francisco firm that is one of Bingham McCutchen’s forebears. After four years there, he answered the first of what would be many calls to government service. He was counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific regional office until 1977 and then counsel on national policy for the EPA until 1980. Andrews had a hand in writing regulations for such new laws as Superfund and the Clean Air Act. He took that experience back to McCutchen and in 1981 founded the firm’s environmental practice. Thanks to his knack for business development-colleagues joked that the firm got a new client every time Andrews got on a plane-what started as a group of one is now a practice with 62 full-time lawyers. Andrews’s ability to find common ground did not escape the notice of his partners at McCutchen. He was elected managing partner in 1991 and stayed as chair until 1997, when the government again came knocking. He served as the top legal adviser in the U.S. Department of State until 2000-a job he calls “the most interesting and challenging thing I did in my professional career.” During his tenure, Andrews negotiated the agreement to bring the two Libyan suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to trial, and he reached a settlement with China after the United States bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade in 1999. “I had a good relationship with my Chinese counterpart,” Andrews says. “A lot of flare-ups were reported in the press because he was required to read us the riot act during the day and I was required to bite back. But we were spending evenings at the bar in the former Beijing International Club in D.C. working out a deal.” Having succeeded in both private practice and government, Andrews then took on a three-year commitment as general counsel for PepsiCo, Inc. Andrews says it was his chance to “get inside the kitchen” after counseling so many corporate clients. Andrews retired from day-to-day practice in 2005. But last year, retirement meant serving on three corporate and three nonprofit boards and consulting for the National Chamber Foundation, a not-for-profit think tank affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Asked why his services are still so much in demand, Andrews says, “I got the principle early on of listening and trying to understand another person’s view.” He admits, however, that the point of view he really needs to start listening to is his wife’s: “She is wondering when I am going to get this retirement thing right.” Back to Main Story

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