Andrea L. Hertzfeld was nominated to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia on May 6, 2019. Her nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 21, 2019. Judge Hertzfeld was born and raised in Waterville, Ohio. She attended Anthony Wayne High School there, then received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from Bowling Green State University in 2000. In 2004, Judge Hertzfeld received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Law Review and an articles editor for the Women’s Law Review. After law school, Judge Hertzfeld worked as an associate at the law firms of Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, PLLC in Washington, D.C., and Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP in Los Angeles, California. She specialized in litigating complex multi-district and international commercial disputes.
In 2010, Judge Hertzfeld was sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. At the time of her appointment to the bench, Judge Hertzfeld was serving as Senior Litigation Counsel at the United States Attorney’s Office and the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the District of Columbia. She led the Office’s child exploitation and human trafficking unit, prosecuting child exploitation and juvenile sex trafficking crimes in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Hertzfeld previously prosecuted violent crimes in Superior Court, specializing in the prosecution of child sexual and physical abuse matters, as well as adult sexual assault cases. She spent the last five years before her appointment training federal law enforcement nationwide on techniques to apprehend and successfully prosecute online child exploitation crimes. In 2016, Judge Hertzfeld received the Attorney General’s Award, recognizing her work in the prosecution of child exploitation cases. In 2018, she received the Assistant United States Attorney’s Association John Evans and Victor Caputy Award for Outstanding Advocacy, recognizing her litigation and trial skill. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, she also received three FBI Service Awards, the United States Attorney’s Office Team Award for her success in trying child exploitation matters in federal court, and several United States Attorney’s Office Awards for Special Achievement.