Andrew D. Morton, M.P.P., J.D.
Chair, Sports & Entertainment Law Practice
Washington, District of Columbia

Honors & Awards


Mr. Andrew D. Morton is a partner at Handler Thayer LLP and Chair of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Law Group, serving a client base of professional athletes, Olympians, artists, entertainers and other public figures who wish to maximize their social impact.

Operating at the intersection of celebrity and philanthropy, Andrew’s innovative practice encompasses all aspects of high-profile philanthropic engagement and branding: from the formation of tax-exempt organizations, to ongoing oversight, compliance, governance and reporting consistent with legal requirements and best practices. Given his deep understanding of various nonprofit legal structures, he often recommends alternative solutions when appropriate, such as establishing a fiscal sponsorship or donor advised fund (DAF).

Andrew’s breadth of experience in nonprofit corporate governance enables him to intervene at the eleventh hour to support crisis management strategy, and remedy operational issues that may threaten public perception or even an organization’s tax-exempt status. Over the past decade, he has successfully obtained numerous retroactive reinstatements of tax-exempt status revocations, public charity reclassifications and waivers of IRS penalties for tax filing deficiencies.

Based in Washington, DC, Andrew leads clients in the development and execution of public policy efforts, ranging from organizing and overseeing witness appearances before congressional committees, to arranging targeted private meetings with key members of Congress and the Administration. Leveraging his depth of experience and relationships within political circles, Hollywood and professional sports, he helps clients develop a legislative advocacy strategy and integrate public policy into their long-term business planning.

Along with award-winning actress and philanthropist Julia Ormond, Andrew Co-Founded the Alliance to Stop Slavery & End Trafficking (ASSET), and serves on the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Law Alumni Society, as well as the Advisory Board for the Penn Law Public Service Program.

For his extensive advocacy on behalf of nonprofit clients, the D.C. Bar Association honored Andrew as Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, and he also received the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from the Legal Aid Society. Penn Law recognized him with its Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the development of law and the legal profession, as well as the Benjamin R. Jones Award for Law and Humanity, the Law School’s most prestigious public interest recognition. Andrew has been peer-selected as a Leading Lawyer annually since 2017.


Champions for PhilanthropySport Philanthropy Summit (Washington DC, 2/20/2020) “Fireside Chat” with Matt Stover (2x Super Bowl champion)

The Players’ ImpactThe Impact Brunch, Super Bowl LIV (1/30/2020) “Maximize What’s Important” panel discussion with Doug Flutie (Heisman Trophy winner)

“He’s the Go-To Guy for Pro Athletes Looking to Do Good” discussing the possibilities and pitfalls of setting up a charitable foundation. Bloomberg Podcast (June 28, 2018).

Fried on Business with radio host Jim Fried discussing celebrity and sports philanthropy (March 9, 2017).

Estate & Gift Taxes and Fiduciary Income Tax. Luncheon for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation 2016 Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles, California (January 29, 2016).

Fried on Business with radio host Jim Fried discussing philanthropic celebrities (March 19, 2015).

Fried on Business with radio host Jim Fried discussing celebrity philanthropy and support for the non-profit sector (January 15, 2015).

Celebrity Philanthropy: Playing by the Rules. The William Morris Endeavor Agency in New York City, New York (May 15, 2013).

Sport Philanthropy (Panelist). Sports Industry Networking & Career (SINC) Conference, Washington, DC. (February 9, 2013)

Celebrity, Policy and Playing by the Rules. Leaders in Philanthropy Forum sponsored by the William Morris Endeavor Agency (WME), Beverly Hills, California (October 4, 2012).

Sustainability (Panelist). Philanthropy Workshop Series Update Event sponsored by All Sports United, Chicago Bears Headquarters, Lake Forest, Illinois (August 10, 2012).

Sports Philanthropy. Sports Lawyers Association 2012 Annual Conference (May 11, 2012).

Celebrity Advocacy and Public Policy Engagement. Sports & Entertainment Philanthropy Conference sponsored by The Giving Back Fund  (March 2011).

Pro Bono Lobbying and Public Policy Advocacy. Annual Seminar, CLE Lecture, Pro Bono Institute (March 2005 and March 2007).

Private Sector, Public Interest. Keynote Speech, University of Michigan Law School (April 2006).

Beyond Resettlement:  Prospects of Health and Hope for the Forgotten Majority. Testimony Before the Human Rights & Refugee Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives (September 2003).

Attorneys Fight for the Rights of Illegal Immigrant Children. “A Closer Look” Feature Segment, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, ABC News (July 2002).

Directions for Children’s Advocacy. Panel Discussion, ABA Annual Meeting (June 2002).

Juvenile Illegal AliensAll Things Considered, News Segment, National Public Radio (May 2002).

INS Detention of Minors.  Studio Interview (Spanish), Sabado Gigante, Univision TV (March 2002).

Hearing on Senate Bill 121:  The Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act. Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Immigration, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (February 2002).

Immigration Enforcement and Detention in the Anti-Terrorism Aftermath. Panel Discussion, Georgetown University Law School (October 2001).


• Co-Founder & Director, Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET)
• Board of Managers, University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Society
• Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania Law School Public Interest Program
• Director & Counsel, OneBlue

Honors & Awards

  • Leading Lawyers, (2017-present)
  • The Legal Aid Society
    Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award (2006)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
    Benjamin R. Jones Award for Public Interest Law & Humanity (2000)
    Alumni Achievement Award (2006)
  • ACQ5 Magazine Law Awards
    Sports & Entertainment Lawyer of the Year (2017)
  • ACQ5 Magazine Global Awards
    Sports & Entertainment Lawyer of the Year (2017)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
    Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2002)
  • Law School Honors/Involvement:  
    Cum laude
    The Bluebook, Co-Editor-in-Chief
    Penn Law Review, Board of Editors
    Equal Justice Foundation, Co-Chair


Charles Gordon, Stanley Mailman, & Stephen Yale-Loehr, “Detention of Non-Citizens,” Immigration Law and Procedure (authored revisions for 2006 edition).

Charles Gordon, Stanley Mailman, & Stephen Yale-Loehr, “Special Immigrants,” Immigration Law and Procedure (authored revisions for 2005 edition).

Andrew D. Morton, “Opportunities for Non-Profit Advocacy:  Promoting Changes of INS Custody Laws and Policies in the Face of Internal Revenue Service Restrictions on Lobbying,” Detention Watch Newsletter, Winter (2002).

Andrew D. Morton and Wendy Young, “Children Asylum Seekers Face Challenges in the United States,” Refuge Magazine, February (2002).

Andrew D. Morton, “Much Ado About Newsgathering:  Personal Privacy, Law Enforcement, and the Law of Unintended Consequences for Anti-Paparazzi Legislation,” 147 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1435 (1999).


Member, Alliance to Stop Slavery & End Trafficking (ASSET)
Member, OneBlue
Member, University of Pennsylvania Law School Public Service Program
Member, Athletes & Executives

Contact Information

Phone: (312) 641-2100

Chicago Office

191 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 2300

Chicago, Illinois 60606-1633

Naples Office

3050 North Horseshoe Drive, Ste. 154

Naples, Florida 34104-7911

Telephone: (312) 641-2100