Andrew  T. Williamson

Andrew T. Williamson

Senior Associate / New York City

Andrew Williamson's sole legal focus is the representation and counsel of management clients in issues related to workplace law. 

Andrew represents businesses in a variety of labor and employment law matters, including claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, and disputes related to trade secrets and non-compete agreements, and wage and hour compliance. 

He also has significant experience representing franchisors in employment law matters like questions of joint employer status, as well as other complex business litigation issues including claims of breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and violations of various franchise laws.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Andrew was an associate in the Labor & Employment and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices in a national general practice law firm. Earlier in his career, he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department’s Labor and Employment law division. In this role, Andrew defended the City of New York, its agencies, and employees in single-plaintiff and collective action labor and employment matters in both federal and state courts. He also represented municipal agencies in administrative proceedings, including the prosecution of employee disciplinary matters pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. In recognition of his achievements, at the end of his first year Andrew received a New York City Law Department Legal Rookie of the Year Award, given annually to the office's top first-year attorneys.

While earning his J.D., Andrew served as Executive Editor for the Mississippi College Law Review and was a member of the Mississippi College Moot Court Board. He also received the 3rd Best Brief Award in the 2015 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment based on lack of special duty in action brought by school safety officer against her employer
  • Obtained partial summary judgment in wage and hour matter brought by approximately 4,000 school safety officers
  • Obtained preliminary injunction in matter brought against former employees and a competitor asserting claims for breach of a non-compete agreement and misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Obtained several no probable cause findings for national food manufacturer in connection with federal and state administrative agency charges of discrimination and retaliation
  • Defended national commercial cleaning and janitorial services franchisor in matter brought by 10 franchisees asserting wage and hour and breach of contract claims, achieving a significantly reduced settlement of matter
Honors & Awards
  • Legal Rookie of the Year, New York City Law Department, 2016-2017