Andrea Studley Knowles

Andrea Studley Knowles
  • Partner

Ms. Knowles focuses her practice on business litigation, employment matters, and product liability defense. She advises and represents clients in the real estate, retail, health care, insurance, professional services, manufacturing and distribution industries, as well as clients in the government space.





Education And Distinctions

Andrea Studley Knowles

More About Andrea Studley Knowles

In her business practice, Ms. Knowles counsels and represents businesses and business owners in matters involving contract disputes and alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, including consumer class actions. She also drafts contracts and conducts contract reviews for clients with an eye toward protecting their key interests and managing risks.

In her employment practice, Ms. Knowles serves both as adviser and advocate. She provides training and counsels business clients on developing robust workplace policies and practices to minimize risk of litigation. She drafts employment and severance agreements and other work-related documents. She also conducts internal investigations. When litigation arises, Ms. Knowles defends clients, in court and before administrative boards, against allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other related wrongs.

In her product liability practice, Ms. Knowles defends manufacturers and retailers in litigation involving the design and manufacture of consumer goods, including power tools, electrical equipment, lawn-and-garden equipment, and automotive components. Ms. Knowles has appeared before state and federal courts, in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond, in cases involving catastrophic injuries and significant property damage. She has established productive long-term working relationships with a number of clients through representing them in litigation spanning several years and multiple jurisdictions.

Throughout her years of practice, Ms. Knowles has maintained a steadfast commitment to pro bono work. For years she was responsible for the representation of a national civil-rights organization in a housing discrimination matter. She has advocated for a high school teacher disciplined for political speech, and has acted on behalf of a high school student in need of special-education services.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont

Past Positions

  • Goodwin Procter LLP, Litigation Associate
  • New York University Federal Defender Clinic, Student Attorney
  • Leslie Feiner, Research Assistant

Professional Activities and Associations

  • Member, Boston Bar Association (Past Co-Chair, Insurance and Tort Litigation Section, 2020-2022; Past Co-Chair, Product Liability Committee, 2018-2020)
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (Past Product Liability Committee Steering Committee Member, 2019-2023; Past Chair, Hand and Power Tools Specialized Litigation Group, 2017-2019, Past Vice Chair, 2015-2017)
  • Past Member, Boston Bar Journal Board of Editors (2007-2013), 2018 Special Edition on School-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Admitted to the Massachusetts state bar, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States District Court for the District of Vermont.


  • Best Lawyers in America (Product Litigation – Defendants), 2023
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (Personal Injury – Products: Defense), 2013-2018, (Business Disputes), 2022
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Top Women Attorneys,” 2016-2018
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (Personal Injury – Products: Defense), 2007-2011