Andrew J. O’Connell serves as president of the Investigations and Private Client Protection practice at Guidepost Solutions. He is a former federal prosecutor and federal agent with expert investigative and security consulting experience. Mr. O’Connell oversees and conducts private investigations and security assessments throughout the United States and the world. He specializes in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other government enforcement investigations, corporate internal investigations, civil and criminal litigation support, IP matters, and business intelligence.
From 2003 through 2005, Mr. O’Connell was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted federal crimes, including various frauds and financial and electronic crimes, firearm and drug offenses, and violent gangs. He was also involved in prosecuting organized crime and terrorism, and asset forfeiture.
Before becoming a federal prosecutor, from 1998 through 2002, Mr. O’Connell was a litigation attorney in the Washington, DC office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was involved in litigating a wide range of civil, criminal, white collar, and government enforcement actions. Before joining Skadden, from 1997 through 1998, Mr. O’Connell was a law clerk to the Honorable William Osteen, United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.
From 1990 through 1997, Mr. O’Connell was a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, where he investigated federal crimes, including various frauds, financial and electronic crimes, counterfeiting of U. S. currency, and threats against the President. He also protected the President and visiting foreign dignitaries, and conducted foreign and domestic threat assessments.
Mr. O’Connell is a licensed investigator.