Prior to joining the Firm, James E. McAndrew spent 27 years as a Senior Special Agent working at US Customs and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), Office of Investigations. He was the Customs and DHS subject matter expert in international art theft and international trade matters. Mr. McAndrew developed and implemented the DHS national investigations training program titled “Fighting Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property at US Ports of Entry.” He has successfully conducted hundreds of civil and criminal investigations resulting in the conviction of many high profile cases and the recovery of millions of dollars worth of art and antiquities. He is personally responsible for the recovery of more than two thousand cultural artifacts and other works of art from source countries around the world. Mr. McAndrew was an active member on the US Department of State’s Cultural Property Task Force, Interpol’s Cultural Property Task Force, and Interpol’s Iraqi Tracking Task Force. He represented DHS at international law enforcement conferences on cultural property protection, investigation, recovery and restitution, attended by more than one hundred countries.
As a Senior Special Agent, Mr. McAndrew successfully investigated and prosecuted, both civilly and criminally, major US corporations, importers and exporters for customs violations. He defended US industry from predatory practices by foreign manufacturers and prevented millions of dollars worth of illicit merchandise from entering the commerce of the United States.