Andrew C. Sayles

Partner

Andrew C. Sayles focuses on complex litigation in the areas of financial services, professional liability, commercial disputes, construction law, copyright infringement, D&O claims, employment law and class actions.  In addition to frequent appearances before New York and New Jersey state courts, Mr. Sayles has argued matters before the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District Court of New Jersey, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Against this background, Mr. Sayles has developed a heightened experience handling consumer actions arising through the financial services industry including claims arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and related federal regulations. In this respect, he has appeared before the United States Solicitor General, Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on behalf of the creditors and debt collectors. Additionally, Mr. Sayles has successfully represented clients in claims involving New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

Mr. Sayles also counsels contractors, architects and engineers in negligence and malpractice claims arising during all phases of project development and frequently represents attorneys, law firms, and other professionals in malpractice actions. 

Prior to joining Connell Foley, Mr. Sayles worked in a healthcare and professional liability defense firm for two years. After graduation from law school, Mr. Sayles served as a law clerk to the Honorable Estela M. De La Cruz of the Superior Court of New Jersey for Bergen County. During law school, Mr. Sayles was awarded a Dean's Scholarship, the Charles J. Dittmar Scholarship, the Honorable Edward Knight Memorial Scholarship, served as a student lawyer with Legal Services of Central New York, and competed in the Grossman Moot Court Competition.

Honors and Awards:

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2014-2017)

Representative Experience:

  • Defense of architectural firm concerning remodeling of Manhattan apartment building
  • Defense of architect in copyright infringement action
  • Defense of geotechnical engineer concerning design of multi-use commercial residential development
  • Defense of law firms and debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • Obtained successful settlement for plaintiff in breach of contract action for purchase of commercial real estate
  • Defense of financial institutions in litigations stemming from foreclosure and collection disputes
  • Defense of engineer in design and construction of athletic fields
  • Defense of prefabricated steel framing producer in construction related lawsuit
  • Defense of property owner arising from personal injury on leased premises
  • Defense of directors and officers for homeowners association in negligence action
  • Defense of law firm in malpractice litigation arising from land use dispute

Affiliations: 

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Fellow, ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School (2014)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Conference on Consumer Finance Law
  • Barrister, Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Publications Chair for DRI Consumer Financial Services SLG, Commercial Law Committee
    • Webcast Chair for Professional Liability Committee; Coordinated and Chaired:
      • The Role of Ethics in Legal Malpractice Actions (October 29, 2013)
      • Data Breach Liability and Coverage Issues in the Practice of Law (June 17, 2013)
      • Professional Liability 101: Insurance Coverage (February 5, 2013)
      • Professional Liability 101: Insurance Producer Liability (January 8, 2013)
      • Professional Liability 101: FINRA Arbitrations (November 7, 2012)
      • Professional Liability 101: Legal Malpractice (October 11, 2012)

Speeches:

  • Speaker, “New Sheriff in Town: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – Why the Federal Government’s Expanded Roles in Consumer Protection Laws Should Concern Professionals”, DRI Professional Liability Seminar, New York, New York (2012)

 

  • Bailey v. Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1972(App. Div. 2016)
  • Jaccard v. Bank of Am., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94346 (D.N.J. July 21, 2015)
  • Castillo v. Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33369 (D.N.J. Mar. 18, 2015)
  • Devito v. Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC, 908 F. Supp. 2d 564, 567 (D.N.J. 2012)
  • Whittingham v. Mortgage Elec. Registration Servs., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49400 (D.N.J. June 23, 2008)
  • Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co. v. Cothran, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75921, 4-5 (D.N.J. May 31, 2012)
  • Willoughby v. Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81976 (D.N.J. June 16, 2014)
  • Ruffolo v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141514 (D.N.J. Oct. 3, 2014)
  • Murdock v. E. Coast Mortg. Corp., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85428 (D.N.J. June 20, 2012)
  • Allen v. LaSalle Bank, N.A., 629 F.3d 364 (3d Cir. 2011)
  • Lane v. Fein, Such and Crane, LLP, 767 F. Supp. 2d 382 (E.D.N.Y. 2011)
  • Williams v. Zucker Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22866 (D.N.J. March 8, 2011)
  • Sebrow v. Fein, Such, Kahn,& Shepard, P.C., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16530 (D.N.J. Feb 16, 2011)
  • Skypala v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., 655 F.Supp.2d 451 (D.N.J. 2009)
  • Rickenbach v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 635 F.Supp.2d 389 (D.N.J. 2009)
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  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 2004)
  • Syracuse University (B.A., Political Science and  International Relations, cum laude, 2001)
  • State of New Jersey
  • State of New York
  • United States District Court for  the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of  Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for  the Eastern District of New  York
  • United States District Court for  the Northern District of New  York
  • United States District Court for  the Southern District of New  York
  • United States District Court for  the Western District of New  York
  • United States Supreme Court