• Compassion and Commitment

State College Lawyer – Andrew Shubin

For over two decades, Andy Shubin a Pennsylvania Attorney has been bringing the tough cases and fighting for consequential causes in state and federal courtrooms throughout the region and the country, including the Supreme Courts of the United States and Pennsylvania. Andy has a well-established reputation as a State College Attorney for taking on resourced and powerful institutional interests and received national media attention for leading the fight against Penn State University on behalf of childhood sexual abuse victims.

Throughout his career, Andy has demonstrated a commitment to equality and fairness in the law and filed important and high profile constitutional and civil rights cases against every level of government and resourced institutional “goliaths.” Andy believes in establishing personal, empathic connections with his clients and their families who are often facing extraordinary legal challenges and potentially permanent and damaging consequences. He is a passionate trial lawyer, committed to fighting for the underdog.

Recent Case Highlights

  • Lead the charge to hold Penn State accountable for its role in the devastating sexual abuse of young boys, Andy represented Sandusky victims 2, 3, 7 and 10, Matt Sandusky, and others in their civil claims against the University. Award-winning filmmaker Amir Bar Lev’s documentary Happy Valley recounts Andy’s critical role and victim-centered advocacy in the process of seeking justice for those victimized by Sandusky and his institutional enablers.
  • Achieved a 26-year sentence reduction in a federal criminal case by uncovering police and prosecutorial misconduct.
  • Prosecuted a First Amendment prisoner’s rights claim before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Fought against same sex benefit discrimination and obtained employee health care benefits for same sex partners.
  • Successfully defended a Penn State graduate student activist on First Amendment grounds against criminal and university disciplinary charges.
  • Fought against mandatory minimum sentencing in Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
  • Convinced a federal judge to dismiss the fruits of an illegal search by demonstrating that police officers falsified information to secure a warrant.
  • Successfully defended a journalist on First Amendment grounds when the journalist was criminally prosecuted for photographing a student riot.
  • Secured monetary damages for an inmate’s family after suing county prison for civil rights violation resulting in a suicide.
  • Secured dismissal of criminal charges against 16 activists conducting peaceful protest during presidential visit.
  • Secured financial settlement in federal civil rights action for high school victim of athletic coach hazing.


  • Temple University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1991) cum laude
  • University of Pittsburgh (B.A. Philosophy and History, 1985)
  • Tel Aviv University 1983

Professional Experience

  • Staff Attorney, public interest prisoners rights project, 1991-1995
  • Staff Attorney, civil legal services program, 1995, 1997
  • Associate, Philadelphia-based criminal defense, police misconduct and civil rights law firm, 1995-1997
  • Managing Partner, Law Office of Andrew Shubin, Inc., 1998 – present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono attorney of the year

Government Experience

  • Legislative Aide to Los Angeles and suburban Philadelphia legislators
  • Clerk, California State Court of Appeals
  • Clerk, Federal Public Defender, San Francisco

Professional Affiliations

Attorney Andrew Shubin on the Jerry Sandusky Case

“…displayed the most knowledge of the processes and the people involved… informed me in a way that was easy to follow and understand. I felt as if my concerns were as important as someone with a $50 thousand trial approaching.”