Andrew M. Dawson

Andrew Dawson

Andrew received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University with a special major in Law Enforcement. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University Law School.

Law Enforcement Experience: California Highway Patrol, Advanced P.O.S.T Certificate, Advanced Accident Reconstruction Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Field Training Officer (appointed while still on his first year probationary period), Physical Performance Coordinator, Public Relations Officer and Court Officer. Law Enforcement Awards: 15 Official Commendations, 10851 V.C. (stolen recovery awards) and numerous special assignments, such as the Special Intelligence Unit for the 1984 Olympics.

Licensed to practice law in California in 1992, he practiced law at one of the largest Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice firms in Southern California as a Senior Trial Attorney. He successfully litigated cases against public entities with jury verdicts and settlements in the multi-millions. (Emmenecker v. State of California, 4.05 million, Morhorko v. State of California 1.4 million) His practice included wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice and personal injury cases. He conducted hundreds of arbitrations and mediations.

While practicing law he has also been an instructor at the college level for the last 19 years. He teaches courses in Evidence, Criminal Law, Arrest, Search and Seizure 832 PC, Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Victimology. He created and teaches a Principles of Law course. Andrew has also been a guest speaker regarding Internal Affairs investigations and disciplinary appeals for PORAC.

At Dawson & Riley, LLP, he is a founding partner of the firm. Throughout his career, Andrew has successfully litigated wrongful termination, suspension, and demotion cases involving allegations of excessive force, dishonesty, sexual harassment, misuse of property, Department policy violations and criminal law matters. He has represented officers involved in internal affairs investigations and has attended over 1,000 internal affairs interrogations. He has been successful in getting discipline suspensions reduced or completely dropped in hundreds of cases for officers. He has obtained favorable rulings, including officers being reinstated to their positions after termination, from arbitrations, City Personnel Boards, Civil Service Commissions and the State Personnel Board. He has been successful in overturning suspensions, terminations and/or demotions at some of the following agencies: Arcadia Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Culver City Police Department, El Monte Police Department, Los Angeles County Police Department, Buena Park Police Department, Garden Grove Police Department, Signal Hill Police Department, Long Beach Fire Department, San Luis Obispo Police Department, Arroyo Grande Police Department, Santa Maria Police Department, Inglewood Police Department, Seal Beach Police Department, Barstow Police Department, Monterey Park Police Department, Montebello Police Department, Los Angeles School Police Department, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Los Angeles General Services Police Department.

Andrew is always ready to take on the tough disciplinary cases that others shy away from. He is known throughout the State as one of the most aggressive LDF panel attorneys. Andrew takes a personal interest in his clients and becomes self invested in their success. This is why he is among the most sought after LDF attorneys when it comes to tough disciplinary cases.

Andrew can be reached at or (805) 914-7717.