Throughout her education and career, Andrea has developed a penchant for contract interpretation, as well as for social justice. As a first generation Brazilian-American, Andrea’s unique voice makes her an effective advocate for her clients and adds perspective to an increasingly diverse legal landscape.
Andrea has volunteered with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), where assisted a victim of crime to obtain her U Visa to remain in the United States. Andrea has also served on the CBA/DBA Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee, where she helped select minority law students to intern at various Denver-area law firms. In this capacity, she actively sought candidates who otherwise would not be afforded the same opportunities as some of their counterparts. Andrea has also volunteered much of her own time to assisting economically-disadvantaged individuals with immigration and other legal matters.
Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC, Andrea was a senior associate at Denver-area law firm, where her practice focused on commercial litigation, insurance bad faith and construction defect defense. While there, she successfully defended an appeal challenging a district court’s grant of judgment notwithstanding the verdict. Andrea also oversaw litigation and trial strategy for multiple cases, and oversaw other associate’s work on those cases. She regularly worked close with Spanish-speaking clientele to ensure that their narratives were not misunderstood.
Prior to this experience, Andrea’s primary practice area was complex commercial litigation. Notably, Andrea represented a basketball manager against a former Denver Nuggets player. During this litigation, Andrea drafted the substantive pleadings, translated Portuguese-language contracts, and interviewed key Portuguese-speaking witnesses. Andrea has also represented a hedge fund against an international bank and ratings agency relating to the sale of synthetic collateralized debt obligations. In another matter, she successfully sued a national bank chain for disbursing her client’s home equity line of credit to a Ponzi scheme in violation of its home equity credit agreement.
Following law school, Andrea served as a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert L. Stern III for the 2nd Judicial District of Colorado. As a law clerk, Andrea drafted the majority of the court’s orders regarding both substantive and procedural issues. She also assisted with in camera review of documents, drafting jury instructions, case management of complex actions, oversight of legal interns, and she conferred with the judge on legal and evidentiary issues presented during hearings or motions.
Andrea graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2001. During law school, Andrea served as a legal intern to the Honorable Thomas S. Wilson, Jr. in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Miami-Dade County, Florida. She also served as a legal intern to the Colorado Attorney General. Andrea was also a legal intern to a small boutique Miami law firm, which sparked her interest in commercial litigation. Andrea also worked as a research assistant to Professor Elisabeth Iglesias, where she edited law review articles and performed legal research regarding LatCrit Theory, a legal theory which emerged from Critical Race Theory discourse.
Prior to law school, Andrea was a substitute teacher in Denver Public Schools, where she primarily worked in bilingual classrooms. Here, she worked extensively with underprivileged students to help instill a sense of confidence that educational and socioeconomic barriers can be overcome.
Areas of Practice
- Immigration Law
- Employment Law
- Civil Rights
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- University of Miami School of Law, cum laude, Juris Doctorate, 2001
- University of Colorado at Boulder, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1997
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Colorado Hispanic Bar Association