Andrew Erba

Andrew Erba


New Jersey
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009


Criminal Justice Act Panel for the U.S. Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Indigent Appointment Panel of the Quarter Sessions Court of the Court of Common Pleas
National Lawyers Guild
Legal Observer Committee


Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
University of Connecticut School of Law

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"In 1963 activists demanding racial justice forced President Kennedy to come out for civil rights legislation. Within a year and a half of Kennedy's assassination in November 1963—a shocking act that intensified the pressures for change—reformers in Congress managed to enact .... two historic civil rights laws that would have seemed almost unimaginable a few years earlier." James T. Patterson, Grand Expectations, The United States 1954-1974

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Andrew Erba



P: 215.557.0099
F: 215.557.0673


Civil Rights
Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA)



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Andrew Erba is a criminal defense lawyer, with a concentration in civil rights actions, including political activism. He represents plaintiffs in employment discrimination, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force and other civil rights matters.

Sometimes these matters involve a personal, individual violation– such as a mentally ill child assaulted on a school bus; other times it could be something as high-profile as representing protesters at the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia, or defending the free speech rights of those demonstrating on behalf of a death-row inmate at the Liberty Bell Complex.

A member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Mr. Erba is regularly appointed to represent criminal defendants in both venues. He serves on the indigent appointment panel of the Quarter Sessions Court of the Court of Common Pleas, and has tried over 50 criminal matters to verdict in that court.

Mr. Erba serves on the Mass Defense Committee and the Legal Observer Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, which provides legal defense to activists arrested during demonstrations, and regularly speaks at NLG- sponsored events. He has been designated a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009 for his work in criminal defense, employment and labor law.



United States v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, USA, Inc.: lead counsel in a criminal case tried in the District of New Jersey and on appeal to the Third Circuit. The case is expected to define the scope of the First Amendment and the Brandenburg Doctrine with respect to Internet sites.