Andrea Gregory DiSandro

Andrea Gregory DiSandro

Senior Associate
Northern Virginia

Email andrea.disandro@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 703 610 6143

Fax +1 703 610 6200

LanguagesEnglish, French

Practice groupIntellectual Property

Andrea Gregory DiSandro's practice focuses on a range of intellectual property and commercial distribution issues. Leveraging an extensive background in franchising, licensing, and distribution, she takes a business-oriented approach to support complex commercial transactions.

Andrea draws on her experience working with businesses at all stages of development – from startups to Fortune 100 companies – to negotiate and draft the best deals for her clients. As a member of our Intellectual Property (IP) practice, she works across various industries, including aerospace and defense, agriculture, automotive, communications, consumer products, franchise, life sciences, retail, and software.

Andrea helps her clients with a range of technology, trademark, marketing, copyright, patent, and general commercial issues. She guides clients through all aspects of their supply chains, from research and development to manufacturing, distribution, and commercialization. She supports our Mergers and Acquisitions teams on IP matters in corporate transactions, as well as our Litigation teams on transactional matters related to motor vehicle and general franchise regulations.

Before joining the firm, Andrea worked at a top franchising law firm, where she fostered client expansion into domestic and international markets and protected IP portfolios on both the transactional and dispute resolution sides of the practice. Prior to that, she gained in-depth international experience through various roles at the New Zealand Human Rights Review Tribunal, law firms in Switzerland and Cambodia, the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Morocco, and the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Belgium. At law school, she served as a member of the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review.

Andrea is a member of our Retail and Fashion content team, a client development associate, and co-chair of the American Bar Association's International Contracts Committee. In 2018 the firm recognized Andrea for her pro bono work in international human rights.

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2013

B.A., College of William & Mary, summa cum laude, 2010

Memberships

Co-Chair, International Contracts Committee, American Bar Association: Section of International Law

Member, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising

Bar admissions and qualifications

Virginia

Representative experience

Negotiated master services agreements, licensing agreements, and service orders for leading telecommunications company.

Drafted employee nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements for defense contractor and consulting company.

Advised leading energy provider on various ancillary telecommunications services agreements, figuring into divestiture of telecommunications service provider subsidiary entity.

Managed international localization of information technology outsourcing program for global cosmetics company.

Managed summer associate research and presentation of 50-state survey of motor vehicle franchise and automotive repair laws.

Served as lead IP associate on over US$600m acquisition, conducting IP due diligence and negotiating provisions of purchase and transition services agreements.

Managed franchise and IP due diligence and negotiation of proposed corporate acquisition of competing license program.

Advised on IP and commercial aspects of distribution, group purchasing, rebate, and sponsorship agreements for launches of new pharmaceutical drugs.

Negotiated pharmaceutical manufacturing and forwarding and storage agreements in the United States, Spain, and Germany.

Counseled clients with colleagues in our foreign offices on establishing and terminating distribution arrangements under local regulations.

Negotiated cloud service and professional service agreements for development of online sales platform and key customer-facing mobile apps.

Responded to IP cease and desist letters related to an online platform for blockchain-based token trading.

Drafted internal IP protection policies for marketing cooperatives and certification programs, addressing trademark and copyright usage and data commercialization.

Drafted brand ambassador and sponsorship agreements for client-marketing campaigns and terms of use and sale for client websites, apps, and internet of things offerings.

Drafted and negotiated rocket pump development agreement under U.S. Army research contract.

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