Andrew Biviano, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Employment, Mental Health

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Phone: 509-232-7760
Fax: 509-232-7762
522 W. Riverside Avenue, Suite 560
Spokane, Washington 99201

Representing people in the courtroom, as well as helping people avoid the courtroom.

Andrew Biviano has been practicing in Washington State and federal courts for over 12 years. He works to end employment discrimination, governmental violations of civil rights, unfair business and employment practices, and wrongful death. His passion is to represent those who have been treated unfairly, especially those who are often ignored, and help them receive the justice they deserve.

Andrew has successfully represented clients before the Washington Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, federal and state trial courts, and numerous arbitrators and mediators. A number of his cases have resulted in published decisions. He was part of a plaintiff’s litigation team that recovered damages for victims of the Taylor Bridge wildfire, which resulted in a settlement of nearly $60 million, and has recovered millions for victims of illegal business practices and discrimination.

Prior to entering private practice, Andrew served for more than five years as an Assistant United States Attorney, representing the public in a wide array of civil and criminal matters. Before this, he worked as a mental health professional, helping struggling people find health, respect, and dignity. He has a degree in clinical psychology from Yale University and graduated first in his class from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Andrew has been rated as a Top Lawyer by Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine for a number of years and has a “Superb” 10.0 rating from Avvo.com.

 

J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, 2006
Summa Cum Laude
President’s Award for graduating as the top student in his class.

B.A., Yale University , 1997
Degree in Clinical Psychology, with distinction

Andrew has served as lead or sole counsel in appellate courts on many cases, several of which have led to published decisions on important public policy. These include:

Washington Supreme Court
Zhu v. North Central Educational Service District 171, 404 P.3d 504, 189 Wn.2d 607 (2017). This decision affirmed that job applicants are protected from retaliation based on prior complaints of discrimination.

Washington State Court of Appeals
Gorden v. Lloyd Ward & Associates, 180 Wn. App. 552 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014). This case helps protect consumers from violations of the Consumer Protection Act, and invalidated a mandatory arbitration clause when it violated attorney ethical obligations.

Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
Wapato Heritage, L.C.C. v. United States, 637 F.3d 1033 (9th Cir. 2011) (Concerning contract law and land held in trust for tribal members)

Donchev v. Mukasey, 553 F.3d 1206 (9th Cir. 2009) (concerning applications for asylum based on association with persecuted minority groups)

Lawrence v. Dept. of Interior, 525 F.3d 916 (9th Cir. 2008) (concerning Indian preference in federal employment)

Andrew has also contributed to the community as a board member for his children’s school, and as a community volunteer. He serves as a lecturer and guest teacher in law schools, high schools, and continuing education seminars, and participates in a number of social justice organizations.