Paul J. Andrews


Boston & Midwest Criminal Defense Attorney & Civil Litigator

Serving as a contract attorney to the Firm, Paul concentrates his practice in white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and securities regulation and litigation. His private experience includes the representation of individuals and companies in federal and state matters in the areas of securities fraud, mortgage fraud, Bank Secrecy Act cases, telemarketing fraud, tax fraud, regulatory fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, asset forfeiture and money laundering.

Paul also represents individuals and companies in a wide variety of federal and state civil matters, including business litigation, civil RICO cases, alleged violations of consumer protection laws, civil and criminal tax investigations, regulatory agency investigations (including the Massachusetts Division of Banks), federal civil rights violations, legal malpractice and Bar disciplinary investigations, as well as matters before the SEC and FINRA. A New England native, Paul has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Prior to private practice, Paul spent over twelve years as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, prosecuting various white-collar crimes throughout the United States, including securities fraud, bank fraud, bank bribery, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, government procurement fraud, obstruction of justice and perjury. As a member of the New England Bank Fraud Task Force, based in Boston, he successfully prosecuted numerous bank officers and directors.

His diverse range of experience included co-directing a multi-agency task force that investigated fraud and corruption on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As a member of the President’s Corporate Fraud Task Force, Paul was the lead Trial Attorney in the successful investigation and prosecution of Just for Feet, Inc., a publicly traded company located in Birmingham, Alabama, during which he personally procured guilty pleas from seven high-ranking executives in the athletic apparel industry. As a result of the innovative methods he used in combating corporate fraud in that investigation, Paul was invited to address the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center.

Prior to his government employment, Paul clerked for the Hon. Edward F. Harrington at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.


• 75% Criminal Defense
• 25% Civil Litigation


  • J.D., Boston College Law School, International and Comparative Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Boston College, Phi Beta Kappa


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Heading up the firm, Vikas Dhar is widely recognized as a leader in the New England legal community. An accomplished business litigator and a “Top 40 Under 40” criminal defense attorney, he has also been honored as a New England Super Lawyer/Rising Star in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense for each of the past six years by Boston Magazine.

I have the power and the skill to be able to save people from themselves. I can be your guide during the darkness. I can hold your hand and navigate you out of the darkness into the light.

— Vikas Dhar
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