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Defending Complex Sexual Violence Cases

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Live Webinar
Fri 8/5/2022
11:00AM - 12:00PM
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Lecturer Bios

Andrew D. Cherkasky, Esq.

Andrew Cherkasky is a former federal prosecutor best known for his work as an elite complex litigation attorney with a tremendous range of professional experience. He has become a premier national civil rights attorney through his wide range of legal experience, spanning from commercial and corporate transactions, to advising Generals in combat, to leading multi-million-dollar federal lawsuits, to appearing before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Andrew is a regular contributor on Fox News and other national networks and has also been recognized for his expertise by national news outlets, to include: The New York Times, The Washington Post, VICE News, Newsweek, the Associated Press, and many more. Andrew regularly provides national news analysis on current criminal cases, Constitutional and civil legal matters, and political issues. Andrew began his career as a federal prosecutor, working his way to become ranked the #1 senior trial attorney in the world within the department. He transitioned from that prestigious position to private practice. Throughout his time as a federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, he has over 200 fully litigated federal jury trials with the majority of the cases focused on sexual assault, violent crimes, complex financial crimes, felony drug offenses, and criminal conspiracy. As a legal entrepreneur, he created a global civil rights law firm that began in a one room office practicing federal criminal defense, and has expanded to a multi-state, multi-million-dollar, multi-discipline firm with divisions that handle business and corporate representation, federal criminal defense and military justice, personal injury and medical malpractice, lawsuits against the federal government, and family law. Andrew serves as the managing partner of all firm operations. Trial lawyer – recognized as as a “once-in-a-generation” courtroom litigator, with skills boldly compared to the greatest American trial lawyers. His career began with a focus on criminal litigation but has expanded to civil litigation. Andrew typically only handles high-profile and complex litigation. The majority of Andrew’s cases center around Constitutional and civil rights implications regarding his clients. Legal analyst – expert opinions on headline grabbing criminal investigations and prosecutions. Andrew has provided national news analysis on matters related to the investigation against President Trump, prosecution of celebrities for sexual and violent crimes (i.e.: Bill Cosby, Ben Affleck, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, etc), and many more. Political analyst – provides national news analysis on current political issues. Andrew typically provides a conservative or moderate perspective on current issues using legal principles to justify and defend the position. Andrew is most famous for his years of experience as a civil rights attorney, and, prior to that, as a federal prosecutor. He began his career as a uniformed-officer in the United States Air Force as a JAG, serving a total of six years in prestigious positions. He then formed a private law firm to continue bringing justice to military members. From early in his career, he developed a deserved reputation for a combination of tenacious representation of his clients and unmatched expertise in the law and procedure. Andrew has defended and prosecuted over 150 fully litigated jury trials related to sexual assault. He has at least an additional 100 fully litigated jury trials and thousands of additional criminal cases that did not result in a fully litigated trial. Andrew’s criminal cases have included allegations such as: capital and non-capital murder, arson, gang related violence, complex drug rings, multi-million-dollar financial crime, federal finance crime, complex fraud, and many, many more. Unsettled to allow his firm to focus on only one area of law, Andrew created additional divisions in the firm to expand the type of representation available to clients. Andrew has filed millions of dollars in claims against the federal government and private entities seeking compensation for matters spanning from car accidents, to medical malpractice, to sexual assault related civil suits, and to federal discrimination violations. Andrew has represented hundreds of clients regarding personal injury, medical malpractice, family law matters, especially focused on those in and connected to the military. Throughout Andrew’s education and practice as an attorney, he has focused his casework on matters that implicate Constitutional issues. Andrew regularly litigates Constitutional issues in criminal cases concerning the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment issues, and, in civil cases, 1st, 2nd, and 14th Amendment issues. Andrew regularly provides expert analysis on national news regarding on-going criminal and civil cases as well as commentary on current political issues, especially ones that have legal implications. He frequently provides commentary on cases and political issues related to the #MeToo movement providing unique opinions that adopt liberal ideals of eradicating sexual misconduct while balancing the appropriate measures to do so that ensure protection of Constitutional rights of those accused of sexual misconduct. Andrew has also provided national news analysis related to current events and political issues, such as the Border Wall and the Government Shutdown, and is known for using legal arguments to justify his position. Andrew joined the United States Air Force in 2006, commissioning as a First Lieutenant prior to completing Officer Training School and JAG training at Maxwell AFB in Alabama. Andrew was inspired to serve by his two grandfathers’ service and became dedicated after the events of 9/11. He graduated at the top of his JAG training class by winning the prestigious award for best litigator. During the next two years Andrew served as the Chief of International Law at Aviano Air Base, Italy. In his role, Andrew was responsible for maintaining the Air Force’s relationship with the Italian government. During that time, there were multiple air disasters and deaths of American service members. Due to complicated international treaties, it took Andrew’s efforts to negotiate the return of the aircrafts and the human remains of those that died to the United States Government. While in Italy, Andrew became the local chief litigator. In that role he was responsible for the prosecution of the most serious crimes by airman stationed on the base, which included homicide, drug rings, sexual assault, and financial crimes. Andrew was then selected to become the local Area Defense Counsel, often thought of as the equivalent of a public defender. After six-months on the job, he was recognized as the top Company Grade Officer in the worldwide Legal Operations command. Andrew was reassigned to an Air Staff position in Washington D.C. as a senior prosecutor (STC) in 2010. There were approximately a dozen STC positions worldwide and he became one of the most junior captains to ever hold the position. He was dispatched on a moment’s notice, worldwide, to prosecute the most complex, high profile, and serious offenses in the Air Force. After demonstrating his remarkable capability, he was named the first Special Victims Unit prosecutor at the direction of the Secretary of the Air Force. Senior officers in DC recognized Andrew’s abilities by naming him the #1 prosecutor, but he simultaneously grew wary of injustice by commanders, investigators, and senior JAGs. Upon his departure from the military in 2012, Andrew was quoted as saying, “The military has a unique ability to unreasonably prosecute and destroy the reputation, careers and liberties of those falsely accused of crimes. In my entire tenure in the Air Force, I didn’t witness a single policy change that increased the rights or protections to the defendant by those in power.” Andrew is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California. He is also permitted to practice in all military courts, and most federal courts. Graduated Chicago-Kent College of Law 2006 with top student ranking in Trial Advocacy, Evidence, and Ethics. He also contributed to the authoring of a revolutionary book titled Litigation Technology. Graduated University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors in Arts in Political Science with additional focused studies in Communication Arts and film/broadcast production in 2003.

Catherine (Katie) Cherkasky, Esq.

Catherine (Katie) Cherkasky has risen to fame in the legal community for her tenacious logical approach to the law. Katie is a national news personality focused on legal analysis of sexual assault, criminal law, Constitutional law, presidential authority, and military law. She is often lauded as a voice for the counter-point to liberal ideology. She is a significant contributor to the national debate on the #Metoo movement, having her editorial comments published in national newspapers and presented on national news networks. More recently, Katie has been a frequent legal commentator on the Mueller investigation, having been featured on media platforms including FOX News and Larry King. Katie began her legal career as a federal prosecutor where her case load focused on sexual assault, violent crimes, drug offenses, and other felony level cases. After years of her various positions within the federal government, Katie transitioned to private practice where she continued her work in federal courts for criminal matters, civil litigation, and complex appeals. Currently, as the Vice-President of Operations for the firm, Katie focuses the majority of her attention on the management of client relations, civil litigation, and written litigation. Katie’s tenacity is rooted in her decision to serve her country through military service starting at the age of 18-years-old. She defied the stereotypes that some may have judgmentally applied and she dedicated herself to a greater cause during the height of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Katie refuses to adopt political propaganda that demands affirmative action for women, instead electing to prove her professional capability without concern for gender. She believes that the current women’s movement presumes and endorses that women are considered lesser than men in our society – something she fiercely disagrees with. Criminal trial and appeal lawyer – with experience as a federal prosecutor, defense attorney, and special victims counsel. Constitutional scholar – currently specializes in appeals with Constitutional implications, and previously served as a clerk (extern) at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, editor to her school’s Law Review, and extensive experience with Constitutional issues while on active-duty in the Air Force. Independent (conservative) political analyst – Provides national news analysis on current political issues typically focused on presidential authority and legal matters with a conservative perspective. She specializes in justifying her political position with logical and sound justification based on legal precedent and established legal principles. On a daily basis, Katie focuses the majority of her attention on the management of client relations and supervision of written litigation. In recent years, she has handled some of the highest profile federal (military) criminal appeal cases, primarily dealing with Constitutional issues involving individual rights and the powers of the Executive and Legislative branches of Government. She also handles in-court defense of complex trials, including allegations of murder, rape, sexual assault, drugs, and many more. She credits her tremendous success in criminal law on the breadth of experience she has from her years prosecuting complex sex crimes, representing sexual assault victims directly as the nation’s first military special victims counsel, and more recently, in the defense of those accused of such terrible crimes. Katie splits her time between criminal law and civil actions. Katie is the director of operations for the, and other civil law divisions of the firm. In that capacity, Katie directly oversees the representation of clients in millions-of-dollars of claims and litigation seeking compensation for injuries caused by the military or other private entities. She has developed a reputation as an attorney that refuses to settle cases for undeservedly low offers and much prefers the opportunity for her clients to receive fair compensation at trial. Prior to joining the firm, Katie served in the United States Air Force as a JAG where she began her career as a federal prosecutor. In her final position in the service, she was selected to be the Air Force’s first Special Victims Counsel to represent alleged victims of sexual assault. In this position, she says “I learned exactly the extent to which the military will go to destroy a person accused of sexual assault and protect at all costs the accusers, no matter how weak or obnoxious the facts of the case.” Throughout her legal career in the Air Force, Katie often focused her time on providing legal advice regarding Constitutional issues, including the ending of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policies, and matters concerning the appropriations of congressional funding and the Executive branch’s authority to use those funds. In her first assignment at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Katie was identified as the best litigator in the office, despite being the most junior attorney. As a result, she was assigned to prosecute high profile cases that came through, including sexual assault, larceny, and drug offenses. Throughout the rest of her career, Katie was recognized for her abilities as a stellar legal advocate and legal writer. Prior to leaving Dover AFB, Katie was selected to be the Area Defense Counsel for the base. Katie attended law school at Chapman University School of Law. From the very beginning, she loved everything about law school – the theory, the case studies, and especially the legal writing. In law school, Katie received eleven awards for getting the top grade in a class. She was also picked to be an editor of the law school’s most prestigious law journal. She had the rare honor of an externship with a 9th Federal Circuit Court judge. Katie graduated summa cum laude as the valedictorian of her class. Not only was she ranked #1 at the end of her law school education, she had obtained the #1 ranking every semester of her three years at the school. After graduation Katie passed the California bar exam with her answer being selected as the top, model, answer of the thousands of others that took the exam. This honor is bestowed upon less than the 1% of the 1% of lawyers. Prior to law school, Katie received an Air Force ROTC Scholarship to attend college. She attended the University of San Diego. Katie split her time between her ROTC obligations, outstanding academic performance, and an active social experience as a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. Katie attributes her ability to so effectively communicate with clients, juries, and other legal professionals to her wide range of experiences academically and socially. Katie is licensed to practice law in Illinois and California. She is also permitted to practice in all military courts, and most federal courts. Graduated from Chapman University School of Law in 2009, summa cum laude, valedictorian. She was an editor of the school’s law review, Teacher’s Assistant for a number of classes, and Research Assistant. Externship with Judge Kim McClane Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2007-2008. Graduated from University of San Diego with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and minors in Spanish and Sociology in 2006.

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