Pro Bono Spotlight Details
Andrew C. Lauersdorf
Shareholder, Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner
Andrew C. Lauersdorf is an accomplished trial lawyer and shareholder at Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner in Portland, Oregon, where he specializes in the investigation and litigation of complex cases involving insurance coverage, fraud, arson, civil rights violations, and human trafficking.
Andy’s interest in advocating for crime victims within the criminal justice system stems from his time as a prosecutor. Enforcing victims’ rights became a natural area for Andy’s pro bono service because he recognized that, regardless of how articulate and well-intentioned a prosecutor might be, prosecutors have a duty to advance the interests of the state even where those interests conflict with a victim’s interests. His expertise allows him to work to prevent that kind of situation from turning into a conflict that becomes more heartbreaking for victims, their families, and prosecutors.
Looking beyond any one-dimensional role, Andy believes that attorneys should act as “leaders and stewards of their communities,” which “requires advocacy, sharing knowledge, helping people find their voices, and lifting up those around us who may not share our privilege or resources.” With that responsibility in mind, he committed to building pro bono representation of crime victims and survivors into his civil practice with the goals of helping crime victims understand the legal process, helping them assert their rights and protect their privacy, and supporting them in their interactions with investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the courts.
According to Andy, “working with crime victims requires tremendous patience, an open mind, and a well-informed self-awareness.” Andy brings those tools into his work as a pro bono attorney and eloquently describes the fulfillment that comes from making a difference in someone’s life. In his own words, the most rewarding aspect of his work with NCVLI and the survivor community is “experiencing the courage of the people that I have had the good fortune to represent, and learning just how much personal growth can come from just a little bit of kindness and support.” We are proud to feature Andy in our first Pro Bono Spotlight.
“The most rewarding aspect of my work with NCVLI and the survivor community is experiencing the courage of the people that I have had the good fortune to represent, and learning just how much personal growth can come from just a little bit of kindness and support.”