B. Andrew Bednark


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Andy Bednark litigates high-stakes securities, mergers-and-acquisitions, corporate-governance, and complex commercial cases in state and federal courts and arbitration forums throughout the country, including extensive experience in FINRA arbitrations. He regularly represents securities issuers, underwriters, broker-dealers, M&A advisors, and investment partnerships, with particular emphasis on advising financial institutions in disputes both inside and outside of litigation. In 2012 and 2013, Andy was recognized by his peers as a securities litigation “Rising Star” on Thomson Reuters’ annual survey.


Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • US Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits
  • US Supreme Court


  • University of Minnesota, J.D. magna cum laude, 2002; managing editor, Minnesota Law Review
  • New York University, B.S. summa cum laude, 1999

Professional Activities


  • “Some Classes Are More Equal Than Others: The Expansion of Anti-Discrimination Protection in the European Union,” 2 U.C.D. L. Rev. 1 (2002)
  • “Preferential Treatment: The Varying Constitutionality of Private Scholarship Preferences at Public Universities,” 85 Minn. L. Rev. 1391 (2001)
  • Won dismissal of a putative securities class action against a financial institution arising from alleged misrepresentations about its credit losses and subprime-asset exposure in connection with new preferred-stock issuances. This decision was recently affirmed by the Second Circuit. NECA-IBEW Pension Trust Fund v. Bank of America Corp., No. 10 Civ. 440, 2012 WL 3191860 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 9, 2012); NECA-IBEW Pension Trust Fund v. Bank of America Corp., No. 10 Civ. 440, 2013 WL 620257 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 15, 2013) (denying motion for leave to amend as futile), aff’d, 607 Fed. App’x 79 (2d Cir. June 15, 2015) 
  • Won summary judgment for a broker-dealer of federal and state securities-fraud claims arising from alleged omissions in the sale of auction-rate securities. Tutor Perini Corp. v. Banc of America Securities LLC, No. 11-cv-10895-NMG, 2015 WL 4762765 (D. Mass. Aug. 12, 2015)
  • Won summary judgment for a telecommunications company directing specific performance of a contract to purchase a Philadelphia-area television station. LocusPoint Networks, LLC v. D.T.V. LLC, No. 14-cv-1278-JSC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 26, 2015)
  • Won dismissal of a putative securities-fraud class action against a broker-dealer arising from its marketing and sales of auction-rate securities. Bondar v. Bank of America Corp., No. 09-MD-2014, 2011 WL 740902 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 24, 2011) 
  • Secured dismissal with prejudice of numerous cases alleging that an acquirer of a distressed mortgage company was liable as the successor to tens of billions of dollars in the mortgage company’s alleged liabilities relating to mortgage-backed securities. See, e.g., Allstate Ins. Co. v. Countrywide Fin. Corp., 842 F. Supp. 2d 1216 (C.D. Cal. 2012)