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Andreas N. Akaras focuses his practice in the areas of government affairs, business, and litigation. He represents individuals, institutions, and businesses that are seeking to improve their operations or overcome complex legal challenges. Mr. Akaras is a former staff member for Congressman John P. Sarbanes with substantial experience working on grassroots campaigns, national campaign committees, and gubernatorial transition teams. He understands how government policies impact economic, civic, and individual interests, and uses his understanding and experience to advance his clients’ interests.

As lead counsel or co-lead counsel in numerous Fair Labor Standards Act collective and class actions, Mr. Akaras has helped recover millions of dollars in unpaid wages for thousands of employees throughout the United States. He has also represented individuals in class action lawsuits seeking recovery for defective products and unfair trade practices, and he has defended the human and civil rights of individuals seeking political asylum and immigration privileges in the United States.

Mr. Akaras is the founder of the Saint Andrew’s Freedom Forum, a non-profit association that promotes awareness of matters affecting democratic liberties, human rights, and religious freedom in the United States and Europe. He was a non-resident Fellow and Professor of Practice, Innovation, and Public Policy at the Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. He speaks fluent Greek and elementary Spanish.

  • Representative Experience
    • Directed national manufacturer’s economic incentives and government relations efforts in connection with $300 million expansion, including negotiating the acquisition and industrial redevelopment of a federal Superfund site.
    • Lead counsel for national Fair Labor Standards Act collective action resulting in multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of thousands of laborers.
    • Advised food manufacturer engaged in expansion through cumulative mergers and acquisitions.
    • Successfully prosecuted numerous plaintiffs’ actions for the recovery of wages and enforcement of civil rights in federal and state courts throughout the United States.
    • Successfully represented secured party following tenant’s default and landlord’s wrongful repossession of premises in effort to terminate secured interest.
    • Obtained reversal of trial court rulings regarding evidentiary standards and applicable timelines for en banc review and appeals before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
    • Successfully overturned Administrative Asylum findings of baseless claim of persecution for political asylum, with references to potential fraud, at trial.
  • Books, Articles and Seminars
    • A Greek Lawyer Takes On Turkey’s Erdogan, Greek USA Reporter (February 18, 2019).
    • Turkey May Have to Face Its Protesters in U.S. Court, Bloomberg (February 12, 2019).
    • Protesters Sue Turkey Over Attack by Erdogan’s Guards in DC, Washingtonian (May 7, 2018).