Andrew T. Botts, Esq. is a Senior Associate in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s military law and criminal defense practice groups, where his extensive advocacy and litigation experience is often called upon to serve clients in both practice areas. At the firm, he focuses on military law; federal employment, EEO and discrimination litigation; and criminal defense.
Andrew began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in St. Lawrence County, where he specialized in the investigation and prosecution of narcotics cases. After a year as a Special Prosecutor for New York State’s Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, where he specialized in prosecuting cases involving both adult and child victims with special needs, he joined the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office. There, just five years in practice, Andrew was called upon to try a First Degree Murder case – a responsibility typically reserved to prosecutors with more than three times his experience. A believer in “sink or swim,” Andrew rose to the challenge and became one of Rensselaer County’s top prosecutors, where he and his team of detectives and investigators successfully prosecuted several murders. With experience on both sides of a criminal trial, Andrew has an extensive knowledge of not only New York’s criminal laws, but how the justice system operates in New York’s Capital Region.
Andrew also serves as a Judge Advocate with the New York Army National Guard. In December of 2019, he was promoted to Captain, and in 2020, he deployed as the Senior Trial Counsel with the 42nd Infantry Division in support of Operation Spartan Shield. His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals and the Army Commendation Medal. Over the course of his time with the Army’s JAG Corps, Andrew has held positions in administrative law, national security law, and military justice – serving both as Trial Counsel and Defense Counsel.
Andrew’s experiences as both a prosecutor and Judge Advocate have developed and influenced his sense of justice, fairness, and right vs. wrong. With this foundation, Andrew has recently expanded his practice portfolio at the firm to include federal employment, EEO and discrimination litigation. Establishing discrimination and denials of equal opportunity is often nuanced and relies on circumstantial evidence to build a case. Thankfully for Andrew’s clients, he has nearly a decade of experience prosecuting some of the most heinous crimes using circumstantial evidence, and he looks forward to dedicating that skillset to assist clients who have suffered discrimination, or been denied equal opportunities, in connection with their federal employment.
Andrew graduated, cum laude¸ from Syracuse University College of Law in 2011. While there, he served as the Form and Accuracy Editor with the Journal of International Law and Commerce. In addition to his law degree, he also earned a certificate of advanced studies in Counterterrorism and National Security Law from Syracuse University’s Institute for Security Policy and Law. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Law and Society, with honors, from the University of California at Riverside.