The Andrew Crain Approach
Andy Crain has a unique blend of experience in all areas of commercial law. He was the general counsel of a communications company and led most legal groups of another. He has been
a litigation partner at a major commercial law and a corporate partner at another. He has led the negotiations of billion-dollar transactions, tried cases to verdict, advised executives
and boards of companies of all sizes, and sheparded giant projects through federal and stateregulatory bodies.
Andy uses this experience to obtain exceptional results when representing companies in contract negotiations and in proceedings before regulatory agencies. He advises companies
of all sizes on a wide range of commercial issues. He understands that business leaders want honest, direct advice, and he strives to find creative solutions to enable companies to achieve their goals ethically and legally. As a former in-house counsel, Andy appreciates the need to expeditiously bring matters to a conclusion and to constantly provide the information
necessary for clients to make good decisions.
Proven Ability to Get It Done
Andy has a proven ability to get things done. As general counsel of Frontier Communications,
he successfully led negotiations for the company’s $2 billion acquisition of AT&T’s Connecticut operations. At Qwest Communications, Andy led the company’s legal effort to obtain approval to provide long distance services from 14 state utility commissions, which held over 300 days of hearings, and then from the DOJ and the FCC, which required applications of more than a million pages each. Andy also led efforts to obtain regulatory approval for Qwest’s merger with CenturyLink and Frontier’s Connecticut acquisition, which included applications at the FCC,
the DOJ, and 27 state utility commissions.
Andy has earned the trust and respect of business leaders as legal advisor to operations, sales, and product development organizations. At Qwest, he led the company’s commercial law group of more than 45 transactional lawyers and contract negotiators, responsible for negotiation of wholesale and retail sales contracts, strategic partnership agreements, contracts with federal and state governments, and procurement agreements. The group was responsible for legal advice to all the company’s sales channels, advertising group, and product management organization. He also led the company’s Regulatory Law Group of more than 40 regulatory
lawyers and compliance professionals, responsible for advocacy before the FCC and state
commissions, along with related litigation. Andy has, at request of the board of directors, supervised the implementation of Frontier’s compliance committee, which created procedures and processes for company that had recently tripled in size. He has led the efforts of both companies to make their sales contracts customer-friendly, reducing their length and simplifying their language.
Andy received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, and he received a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served as a scholar in residence at the University of Colorado’s Interdisciplinary Telecom Program and an instructor at the University of Colorado School of Law.
In his free time, Andy writes history. He is the author of The Ford Presidency: A History (McFarland & Co., 2009), a history of the Ford administration. He is a member of theboard of Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, which jointly operates a school for pregnant and parenting teens with the Denver public schools. He is also the president of the board of Project Village Guatemala, which operates a school in an impoverished village in Guatemala.