Andrew W. Kentz

Partner

Andrew W. Kentz represents clients on international trade and federal taxation matters, and has advised clients with respect to lobbying disclosure, campaign finance, and Congressional ethics rules. He also has extensive experience representing clients on legislative and regulatory affairs matters.

In the area of international trade, Andrew has advised clients on a variety of matters involving antidumping and countervailing duty laws, safeguard actions, and enforcement of international agreements, and has represented clients before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has represented clients in various international negotiations and assisted a broad range of clients in working toward the development and passage of both the NAFTA and Uruguay Round implementing bills, which included the revision of U.S. antidumping, countervailing duty, and market access laws.

Andrew has represented clients before the U.S. Congress, the Department of Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service on a variety of domestic and international tax matters. He also has advised trade associations and other tax-exempt clients with respect to the laws governing exempt organizations, including matters involving formation, governance, disclosure, and reporting, as well as unrelated business activities, compensation issues, and permissible uses of organization assets.

Before co-founding Picard Kentz & Rowe in June 2009, Andrew was a partner at the international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, formerly Dewey Ballantine. He served on the Management Committee of Dewey Ballantine from 2003 to 2007.

Prior to entering private practice in 1989, Andrew was Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Byron L. Dorgan. Andrew was directly responsible for a broad range of tax and international trade issues in the purview of the Ways and Means Committee, and was actively involved in the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, the Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988, and the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.

From 1984 to 1985, Andrew served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable George H. Revercomb.

Andrew served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 2010 to 2018 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. In 2017 Andrew received the Lawyers’ Committee’s Segal-Tweed Founders Award. In 2015, Andrew was recognized for his Distinguished Service on behalf of the Lawyers’ Committee. From 2009 to 2020 Andrew served as a member of the Board of Directors of the House of Ruth, an organization providing housing and services to homeless and abused women. He has also served on the Advisory Council of the Archdiocesan Legal Network, an organization providing direct legal services to the poor. In 2002, and again in 2014, Andrew and his fellow volunteer lawyers were honored by the Archdiocesan Legal Network for their outstanding contributions serving the legal needs of the poor and homeless in Washington, DC.