After majoring in environmental studies, Andrea Delgadillo Ostrovsky, '05, decided she wanted to practice environmental law—an interest strengthened after her years as an Americorps volunteer restoring rural lands in southwest Washington.
When looking at law schools, the Milwaukee native applied to Michigan Law for a number of reasons. "It had a strong environmental law program and the university as a whole has a good reputation in that arena. But more importantly, Michigan Law provides an excellent legal education, and I was very happy to return to the Midwest after having worked on the West Coast for a couple of years."
Ostrovsky loved her time in the Quad, and participated in student organizations like the Latino Law Students Association, the Women Law Students Association, and the Environmental Law Society. She also was a student-attorney in the Criminal Appellate Clinic. "I had a great experience at Michigan Law. It was very challenging but rewarding. I made lifelong friends and met my husband, Aaron Ostrovsky, who was a summer starter like me."
When she received her Darrow Scholarship, Ostrovsky was surprised and honored. "It meant a lot to me to receive an award in the name of such a phenomenal lawyer—a strong advocate who championed civil liberties and justice."
Ostrovsky took many environmental law courses and worked for environmental organizations during her summers, but a different path emerged once she started clerking. "I realized I wanted to have a more general practice and be a trial lawyer. I was captivated by the intensity and fast pace of trial practice. And having a general practice allows me the opportunity to continue learning with each new case and client." Ostrovsky derives great purpose from representing clients. "Advocating for clients is at the heart of what I do. Many of my clients are in incredibly difficult situations, and I am deeply motivated by the opportunity to help and advocate for them."
As a founding member of Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky (CE&O)—a litigation boutique firm in Seattle—Ostrovsky represents individuals and companies in criminal and civil matters. She practices in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation, including whistleblower and False Claims Act litigation, and employment litigation. Ostrovsky also serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel, through which she represents indigent defendants in federal criminal matters.
Ostrovsky kicked off her legal career clerking for Justice Robert L. Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court and then for The Hon. Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She worked for two small litigation firms before forming CE&O with her partners. Ostrovsky was first named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law and Politics in 2013—an honor she has received every year since, and she has been recognized by both Benchmark Litigation and Chambers & Partners.
Although she does not specialize in environmental law, Ostrovsky remains passionate about environmental and sustainability issues. She serves on the board of Forterra—a regional nonprofit committed to securing wild, working, and key community lands for a more sustainable future for all Washingtonians. She also is the co-founder of the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountainview, a volunteer-led community group that has restored and maintains one of Seattle’s many green spaces. In 2013, she received a Denny Award for Conservation and Environmental Stewardship.
Ostrovsky is grateful to Michigan Law for the opportunities the School provided her, including the Darrow, which meant that she did not have to incur law school debt. She worked for nonprofit organizations in the summer and, after graduating from law school, was able to clerk for three years. "I think often of my time at Michigan Law and of my Darrow Scholarship. I feel inspired by Darrow’s legacy of using our legal skills and knowledge to zealously advocate for clients in really challenging situations."
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