Andrew Celli


Andrew G. Celli, Jr. is a co-founding partner of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, an eighteen-lawyer law firm located in New York City. Mr. Celli maintains a diverse practice representing institutions and individuals in commercial, constitutional, and civil rights cases in state and federal courts around the country. Mr. Celli was a principal author of The New York City Police Department’s ‘Stop & Frisk’ Practices: A Report to the People of the State of New York (New York State Attorney General’s Office 1999).

From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Celli served as a Commissioner on the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, and Vice-Chair of the New York State Temporary Commission on Lobbying. Mr. Celli has served on the Board of Grand Street Settlement, a community-based organization, for more than two decades; he was Board President from 2009 to 2012. In 2012, he was selected to serve as a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School.

From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Celli served as Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General.

Mr. Celli has lectured at the Harvard Law School, the New York University School of Law, Albany Law School, Cardozo Law School, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and to the National Association of Attorneys General. He has authored opinion pieces in The New Republic, the National Law Journal, the New York Times, and the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Celli began his legal career as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Charles P. Sifton (EDNY) (1990-1991), and a litigation associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore (1989, 1991-1993). He is a 1990 cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review and as a Libel Law Fellow, and a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of Hobart College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Born in Rochester, NY, Mr. Celli now resides in Manhattan with his wife, Ellen Unterberg Celli, and their three children.