Andrés Acebo is a partner at DeCotiis.
He has experience counseling and representing governmental entities, educational institutions and public school districts, and closely-held corporations. His practice focuses primarily on the areas of employment and labor, education law, and government/public entity law. He has counseled and represented both public entities and private business in state and federal court actions, administrative hearings, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. Mr. Acebo is also regularly retained by governmental entities to conduct independent special investigations into alleged public official and employee misconduct and adverse employment actions.
Mr. Acebo completed his undergraduate study at Brown University, where he was a senior editor of the Brown Journal of World Affairs and a volunteer at the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service. He then attended and graduated from Rutgers University School of Law. While in law school, he served as president of the Rutgers Association of Latin-American Law Students, vice president of communication of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Law Student Division, and managing symposium editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. Mr. Acebo also served as a constitutional law research assistant and a pro bono mediator with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Mr. Acebo has been recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Labor and Employment by New Jersey Super Lawyers, and continues to hold leadership roles within local and national bar associations. Notably, he currently serves as a Deputy Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association and Chair of Special Committee on Cuba.
Mr. Acebo has published several articles concerning the cross-section of race, law, politics, and public policy with the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, The Brown University Policy Review, the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, and the Rutgers Race and the Law Review.
Prior to entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Jonathan N. Harris, J.A.D. (retired) in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Representative Engagements & Representations:
- Advised and counseled closely-held businesses on non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements and compliance.
- Counseled and represented local governmental entities and public school districts with labor mediations, fact-findings, super-conciliations, unfair labor practices, petitions for scope of negotiation determinations, and unit clarifications.
- Advised and counseled public school districts and county colleges regarding public employment law compliance, including but not limited to disciplinary actions, grievance and arbitration proceedings, and severance negotiations.
- Conducted internal investigations on behalf of local municipalities in connection with allegations of official misconduct by a public official and workplace harassment.
- Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a Fortune Global 500 company in connection with a shareholder demand letter and shareholder derivative suit alleging breach of fiduciary duty association with alleged inadequate reserve calculations, insufficient regulatory audit disclosures, and asymmetric business processes.
- Advised and counseled an international freight forwarding company regarding concerns arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and developed related compliance training and due diligence materials.
- Prosecution of allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets on behalf of a global fragrance manufacturer and international industrial engine manufacturer.
- Pro Bono representation of religious group challenging municipal zoning restriction under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and validity of a century old deed restriction in connection with the intended construction of a house of worship.
- Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Camden, New Jersey
- Juris Doctor - 2011
- Honors: President, Rutgers Association of Latin-American Law Students
- Honors: Vice President, Hispanic National Bar Association, Law Student Division
- Brown University
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2008
- Honors: Brown Journal of World Affairs, Senior Editor
- Honors: Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, Volunteer
- New Jersey
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
- Employment and Labor
- Education Law
- Government/Public Entity Law
- Hispanic Bar Supports Independent Court, Congratulates Chief Justice Rabner, Op. Ed., N.J.L.J., May 23, 2014
- The Evolving New Normal for Data Breach Responses, Law360, Apr. 18, 2014
- The Road that Led to Standard Fire v. Knowles, Law360, Apr. 9, 2013
- Vigilance is a Virtue: The Importance of Disclosing Juror Misconduct in Complex Actions, 211 N.J.L.J. 13, Apr. 1, 2013
- Borrowing from our Children: The Congressional Failure to Respond to Climate Change, 36 Seton Hall Legis. J. 2, 2012
- Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Whiteness: A Revolution of Identity Politics in America, 2 Colum. J. Race & L. 1, 2012
- When a Nation Argues with its Conscience: A Call for a Universal Educational Neglect Standard, 12 Rutgers Race & L. Rev. 143, 2011
- The Greatest Equalizer: Challenges to Inequitable School Funding Policies, The Brown University Policy Review, Fall, 2007
- Borough of Madison v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 469, 42 NJPER 138, 2016
- Borough of Helmetta v. Teamsters Local 210, 42 NJPER 47, 2015
- New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star
- Rutgers Association of Latin American Law Students Community Service and Distinguished Alumni Award
- Lawyers of Color's Top 100 Young Minority Attorneys in the Eastern Region
- Rutgers School of Law, Eric R. Neisser Pro Bono Service Award
Classes & Seminars
- Panelist, Are You In? Diversity, Inclusions and Corporate Responsibility, Hispanic National Bar Association Convention, Kansas City, MO, 2017
- Speaker, What Every Employee Needs to Know about Harassment, Retaliation, and Whistleblowing in the Workplace, Edison, New Jersey, 2016
- Keynote Speaker, Diversity and Inclusion in Action, Rutgers Law School Minority Student Program Alumni Reception, Newark, New Jersey, 2016
- Speaker, Federal Procurement of Professional Services and Use of Proprietary Specifications, New Jersey Water Environment Association, West Long Branch, New Jersey, 2016
- Panelist, Youth Law Symposium, Hispanic National Bar Association Convention, Washington, D.C., 2014
- Presenter, ational Portrait Gallery's Paul Peck Presidential Awards, Washington, D.C., 2003
- United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pro Bono Mediator
- Hon. Jonathan N. Harris of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, Clerk
- United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Law Research Assistant
- Hispanic National Bar Association, Deputy Regional President (Region III - New Jersey)
- Hispanic National Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Region III (New Jersey) Representative, 2013 to 2015
- Hispanic National Bar Association, Annual Convention Career Fair Steering Committee, Co-Chair, 2014
- Hispanic National Bar Association, Moot Court Competition Steering Committee, Member, 2014
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Professional Development Committee, 2017 to Present
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Scholarship Committee, Press Secretary and Co-Chair, 2013 to 2015