Andrew S. Ittleman is a Founder and Partner of Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL. He concentrates his practice in the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Food and Drug Law. Mr. Ittleman litigates extensively against the United States government in civil and criminal matters.
Andrew Ittleman’s practice is primarily devoted to the representation of regulated entities in complex disputes with the United States government. Virtually all of Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL’s clients are regulated by the federal government in some way, and Mr. Ittleman focuses his work on those clients which have entered into a dispute with the government regarding whether, and if so how, certain laws or regulations should apply.
These disputes can take many forms. In some cases, the government will send correspondence to a regulated business advising the business that it has failed in some material way to comply with federal law. In many of these cases, such as those which begin with Cease and Desist Letters issued by state banking regulators and Warning Letters issued by FDA, the issuing agency posts the correspondence on the World Wide Web, and Mr. Ittleman is thus asked to respond with the utmost sensitivity and urgency. In other cases, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the Department of Justice may announce itself to a regulated entity by issuing a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) or other formal demand for information, and in these cases Mr. Ittleman is requested by his clients to determine what, exactly, is being investigated and why, and to work with the government in limiting the scope of the investigation so that it does not unduly burden the client’s business.
Mr. Ittleman also represents clients which are the subjects and targets of grand jury investigations. In these cases, the violation of law which the government believes to have occurred is normally of a very significant nature, and typically the government believes that the regulated entity violated the law with specific intent and in a manner that injured members of the public or the government itself. When a client is the subject or target of a grand jury investigation, Mr. Ittleman is often retained for purposes of determining what is being investigated and how to most effectively minimize the potential fallout of the investigation. In these cases, Mr. Ittleman is required to develop a thorough understanding of the client’s business and the governing laws and regulations, and a good working relationship with the federal government and counsel to the other parties under investigation.
In many cases, both civil and criminal, litigation against the federal government is unavoidable, and Mr. Ittleman has been retained to serve as counsel in many such lawsuits. On the one hand, civil litigation may follow the government’s issuance of a warning letter, CID or Cease and Desist letter, where the government and regulated party cannot settle their dispute outside of court along mutually acceptable terms and especially where the regulated entity does not believe that it is subject to the agency’s jurisdiction. In these cases, Mr. Ittleman is often asked to sue the federal government in federal court in an effort to have the government’s conduct declared to be unlawful, and in other cases, Mr. Ittleman is called in for representation when the government has filed suit seeking to have the regulated entity’s conduct permanently enjoined. Litigating civil actions against the federal government requires Mr. Ittleman to possess a strong working knowledge of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and the Rules governing litigation in federal court.
On the other hand, in the most extreme cases, a grand jury has returned an indictment alleging that a party under investigation has violated federal law in some material way, and the party then finds itself named as a named defendant in a criminal case. In these circumstances, Mr. Ittleman is retained for purposes of challenging the grand jury’s indictment and vigorously defending his clients in court. Mr. Ittleman has represented a host of defendants in federal criminal cases, and worked for some of Miami’s most well respected criminal defense attorneys (Joel Hirschhorn, Brian Bieber, Jeffrey S. Weiner, Jeanne Baker, Mel Black) prior to joining Mr. Fuerst to form Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL.
Mr. Ittleman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and received his law degree from the University of Miami Law School in Miami, Florida.