Andrew K. Cuddy is the founder and managing attorney of the Cuddy Law Firm. He is an alumnus of The College of the Holy Cross (B.A., Philosophy) and, upon graduation, received a commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served on active duty for nearly five years and is a combat veteran of the First Persian Gulf War. Remaining in the Marine Corps Reserves while attending law school, he was recalled to active duty for service in Somalia and attained the rank of captain. He completed his legal studies at SUNY Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1996).
Andy initially practiced criminal defense law. In 2001, a case with overlapping special education issues introduced him to the challenges faced by the families of children with special needs. Special education cases soon became the major focus of his law practice. He has initiated due process hearings against over 100 school districts in New York State; speaks widely on special education topics to parents, educators, and health care professionals; and is the author of The Special Education Battlefield: A Guide to the Due Process Hearing and Other Tools of Effective Advocacy. The Firm expanded in 2012 to other areas of disability law, including special needs planning, guardianship, and appeals of decisions of the New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Unity House, Inc. in Auburn, New York. This nonprofit agency provides transitional and permanent housing, respite care, and rehabilitative and employment services to adults with mental health challenges, chemical dependencies, and developmental disabilities. Andy resides in Auburn with his wife, two sons, and his daughter.